• Offered by ANU Medical School
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Culture, Health and Medicine
  • Areas of interest Anthropology, Medicine, Health
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Anna Olsen
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2020
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This course provides the student with the principles of qualitative approaches to health research. A core component of this course is training in analytic thinking as it is applied to qualitative methodologies and health research more generally. Students will acquire knowledge in the foundations of qualitative research as well as practical qualitative methods, such as interviews, observation, document analysis and focus groups. Students will be expected to participate in exercises designed to enhance skills and techniques throughout the course.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Understand the qualitative approach in health research;
  2. Evaluate qualitative and mixed methods research;
  3. Understand the relationship between research design and research methods;
  4. Conduct their own qualitative research;
  5. Develop a detailed qualitative research proposal.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Attendance and participation in seminars: 5%(off campus student to make forum posts in lieu of seminar participation) (5) [LO 1,2,3]
  2. Research journal: 15% (15) [LO 1,2,3]
  3. Interview: 30% (30) [LO 1,3,4,5]
  4. Research proposal: 50% (50) [LO 1,3,4,5]

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Each week students are expected to commit 10 hours to this course (totalling 130 hours over the course). This will consist of:

  • 3 contact hours for face-to-face classes per week. The class time will be dedicated to lectures, activities, discussion and preparation for assignments.
  • Approximately 94 hours (8 hours per week) of reading or other study to prepare for weekly sessions and assessments.

Inherent Requirements

To be determined

Prescribed Texts


Assumed Knowledge

There is no assumed knowledge for this course.


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

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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
2020 $3570
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5460
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4708 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 08 May 2020 05 Jun 2020 In Person View
4713 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 08 May 2020 05 Jun 2020 Online View

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