QRGP 6300 - Foundations of Qualitative Research (3 credits)
This course introduces students to the epistemological, theoretical, methodological, and procedural foundations of qualitative research. Students will learn common factors qualitative approaches to inquiry share as well as learning the specifics of the major qualitative research methodologies such as generic qualitative description, grounded theory, phenomenology, ethnography, narrative analysis, and discourse analysis. Students will also be introduced to the variety of professional settings in which qualitative research is utilized including academia, business and organizations, international development, and private consultation.
QRGP 6301 - Qualitative Data Collection (3 credits)
The course provides students an opportunity to learn the basics of qualitative research design with a focus on qualitative data generation, collection, and preparation. Students will learn how to select appropriate research sites, gain access to data sources, design and manage sampling strategies, conduct individual and group interviews, carry out field observations, collect documents, transcribe, and compose field notes. Students will also learn quality control measures such as maintaining research journals and diaries.
QRGP 6302 - Qualitative Data Analysis I (3 credits)
This course covers best practices in generic qualitative, ethnographic, and grounded theory analysis. Students will learn how to conduct within-case and across case analysis, coding and conceptualization, transforming data, and report writing. Students will also learn quality control measures such as constant comparison, member checking, peer debriefing, and conducting audit trails.
QRGP 6303 - Qualitative Data Analysis II (3 credits)
This course covers best practices in phenomenology, narrative inquiry, and discursive analysis. Students will learn how to conduct thematic analyses, phenomenological reduction, creative synthesis, microanalysis, and report writing. Students will also learn quality control measures such as bracketing, epoché, and verisimilitude.
QRGP 6305 - Qualitative Research Design (3 credits)
This course covers knowledge and skills needed to design a qualitative research study and compose a qualitative research proposal. Students will learn how to construct and justify a qualitative research study, synthesize the relevant research literature, generate discovery-oriented research questions, select sites and samples, create a manageable method including a quality control system, address ethical issues, and discuss potential implications and limitations. Students will compose their own qualitative research proposals and Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects (IRB) protocols and consent forms.