Advanced Research: Qualitative Research & Analysis – PSYC 810

CG • Section 8WK • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 06/07/2022

Course Description

The value of qualitative research in understanding human behavior is examined with an emphasis on various qualitative methodologies and their theoretical foundations.  Phenomenology, grounded theory, and case study are discussed.  

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


The purpose of this course is to develop an advanced understanding of the major concepts, applications, methodologies and practices in qualitative research.  This course will take on a more applied approach addressing important findings of contemporary issues in psychology with the goal of moving students toward a dissertation topic and proposed research strategy. The course will also help students develop the skills necessary to understand and critique research in the field of psychology as well as propose innovative research ideas.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of qualitative research processes.
  2. Perform literature reviews directed by a central research question.
  3. Analyze and interpret data using appropriate qualitative research tools.
  4. Communicate the results of data analysis in appropriate APA format.
  5. Design psychological research and propose the appropriate analyses.
  6. Understand and apply mixed-method designs.
  7. Understand the unique benefits and challenges of qualitative research designs.
  8. Discuss a biblical worldview as it relates to the critical issues pertaining to advanced qualitative research in psychology.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings, lecture presentations, and articles

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (2)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each discussion. Each thread must respond and fully address the prompt, demonstrate course-related knowledge, and include scholarly sources, not including the course text and/or Bible. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 300 words and must provide a critical analysis and substantive feedback.

Benefits and Challenges of Qualitative Research Worksheet Assignment

Students will complete a worksheet to help understand the unique benefits that qualitative research provides. In contrast, in order to fully appreciate the utility of such research, students will have to address the fundamental disadvantages of this type of research.

Millennials in the Workplace Research Project Assignment

This project is focused on understanding and applying important concepts in qualitative research on an important contemporary topic. Students will watch a short video called Millennials in the Workplace by Simon Sinek, and then conduct qualitative analysis of the video and 100 comments.

This project will encompass three assignments:

  1. Millennials in the Workplace: Data Collection and Analysis Assignment
  2. Millennials in the Workplace: Research Paper Assignment

Throughout the term students will engage in the development, research, planning and writing of a Research Proposal. The following assignments provide a logical progression to accomplish this goal:

  • Part 1 - Literature Review Assignment
  • Part 2 - Proposal Development Assignment
  • Part 3 - Proposal Methods Draft
  • Part 4 - Final Research Proposal

Quizzes (8)

Each quiz will cover the Learn material for the modules prior to its due date. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, and will contain 25 questions.