• Offered by Australian Demographic & Social Research Institute
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Social Research
  • Areas of interest Health Medicine and the Body, Population Studies, Social Research, Statistics, Demography More...
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Catherine Banwell
    • Dr Ginny Sargent
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2015
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This course equips participants with the necessary skills to analyse and interpret qualitative data to answer research and policy questions. Building on the skills developed in DEMO8061 Social Research Design, students will learn how to use in-text analysis software, how to interpret and discuss the results of their data analysis, and the process of writing and publishing qualitative research. The course will provide students with the skills necessary to undertake a range of different types of qualitative data analysis.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Understand a range of qualitative analysis approaches commonly employed across disciplines;
  2. Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of a variety of qualitative analysis methods and select appropriate methods for application;
  3. Apply thematic coding techniques to qualitative data analysis using appropriate data management software;
  4. Analyse and interpret qualitative data to answer research and policy questions; and
  5. Assemble and present the results of qualitative research analyses in written and oral formats.

Indicative Assessment

Individual coding exercise (20%, 1200 word equiv.); Learning outcomes 3, 4

Oral presentation on methodological approaches, 10 minutes (10%); Learning outcomes 1,2,5

Comparison and critique of three methodological approaches (30%, 1800 words); Learning outcomes 1, 2, 4, 5

Final report (40%, 2500 words); Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

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Contact hours will take the form of weekly 3 hour sessions for 13 weeks. These sessions will be a mix of lectures, tutorials and practical exercises including computer sessions.

Students are expected to commit a further 7 hours of independent study each teaching week of the semester (total 130 hours).

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed DEMO8061 and studying a Graduate Certificate in Social Research or Master of Social Research. Alternatively you may gain permission of the Course Convener to enrol in this course.

Assumed Knowledge

It is expected that students will have completed some training in qualitative social science research design and data collection methods.

Areas of Interest

  • Health Medicine and the Body
  • Population Studies
  • Social Research
  • Statistics
  • Demography
  • Public Health



Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $2604
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3462 20 Jul 2015 07 Aug 2015 31 Aug 2015 30 Oct 2015 In Person N/A

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