Advanced Research: Qualitative Research & Analysis – PSYC 810

CG • Section 8WK • 01/13/2020 to 12/30/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

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.  Prerequisites PSYCH 510, PSYC 515, & PSYC 815.

Prerequisites: PSYC 510, PSYC 515, & PSYC 815

Rationale

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 an 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. Understand and apply research ethics and understand the importance of the local Institutional Review Board (IRB) review.
  9. 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 Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (3)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must respond and fully address the prompt, demonstrate course-related knowledge, and include at least the required 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.

DB 1: The student will review, question, and analyze two important concepts in qualitative research: bias and grit. The focus of the response will be on the research methods, analysis, and appropriateness of the conclusions and how our own biases can impact our ability to interpret qualitative data.

DB2: A specific aims page (one page research proposal) should include the following: a brief summary of background and significance, population of interest, a problem statement, research rationale, research question, aims/goals hypotheses, qualitative approach, and tentative outcome and its value.  The student will also have to submit a 3-5 minute video presenting their idea.

DB3: A logic model/work plan will be developed addressing the student's area of qualitative research.  Logic model templates will be provided.

IRB Templates

Students are required to complete an IRB application including the informed consent and the IRB application checklist.  The IRB application must be directly related to the student's project proposal and backed up a detailed literature review.

University IRB link:

https://www.liberty.edu/graduate/institutional-review-board/

General IRB Application link:

https://www.liberty.edu/graduate/institutional-review-board/wp-content/uploads/sites/77/2019/07/IRB-Application.docx

Benefits and Challenges to Qualitative Research Worksheet

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.

Literature Review (2)

Throughout the course, students will use a template (provided) to write article summaries for his/her Research Proposal.  Templates will be provided for idea development and literature reviews.  Each Literature Review will consists of 10 articles, three of which can be review articles while the other 7 must be original research articles.  Articles should be current unless they are of significant historical significance.

Millennials in the Workplace

This project is focused on understanding and applying important concepts in qualitative research on an important contemporary topic. Students will have to what a short video on Millennial's in the Workplace by Simon Sinek and complete a short worksheet.  Thereafter, students will have to complete a qualitative analysis of 100 useful responses to that video on YouTube divided across those that agreed or disagreed.  Thereafter, the student will have to create three categories for each primary category and rank order the top 5 responses in each of those categories.  Lastly, taking cues from the research, the student will have to create 10 interview questions.  The student will have to interview one millennial and one non-millennial (but over 18) and write up the overall findings from the analyses.

Project Proposal Development Worksheet

The project proposal development worksheet assignment is intended to encourage the student to start thinking about the research paper in more specific terms. The paper is the capstone project for this course and will require a great deal of time to be done well. Students will complete a worksheet to help understand how research is funded and how to align research with strategic priorities of an organization. Students will also work through ideas from the public health benefit of the research to understanding potential challenges and barriers.

Research Paper and Final Analysis Worksheet

The student will write a 12-14 page research paper that discusses and evaluates the current qualitative research in the student's area of interest. As a formal research paper, it must be completely focused on the empirical evidence pertaining to the topic. Refrain from discussing personal opinions or experiences. The student must use scholarly sources for references; do not use a textbook, website, or popular press as a source. For more information on what a scholarly source is and how to find it, see the supplemental material provided in the Additional Resources folder.

Quizzes (8)

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