KIT714 ICT Research Principles
Practical Qualitative Research Exercise
Type: In-Semester (Individual Assignment)
Task Length: 2,000 words
|Weighting:||20% of total assessment for this unit|
|Due Date:||11:55pm, 26 April 2021|
|Submission:||Completed Assignments need to be uploaded to MyLO by the due date.|
|Description:||This practical exercise will engage students in a qualitative research exercise that will enable them to directly deploy skills, tools and techniques covered in the unit. Each student will be required to complete the exercise and prepare a written report that displays their level of research understanding and competence in qualitative data analysis and interpretation.|
Objectives of Assignment:
- To increase understanding of the skills required to collect, analyse and interpret qualitative research data;
- To increase understanding of the relationships between data collection, data analysis and data interpretation when conducting qualitative ICT research;
- To develop skills and competence in the conduct of qualitative ICT research.
Qualitative research comprises ‘an array of interpretive techniques which seek to describe, decode, translate and otherwise come to terms with the meaning, not the frequency, of certain more or less naturally occurring phenomena in the social world’ (Van Maanen:1983:9 – cited in Ticehurst & Veal:1999:94). ‘The motivation for doing qualitative research…comes from the observation that, if there is one thing which distinguishes humans from the natural world, it is our ability to talk! Qualitative research methods are designed to help researchers understand people and the social and cultural contexts within which they live [and work]. Kaplan and Maxwell (1994) argue that the goal of understanding a phenomenon from the point of view of the participants and its particular social and institutional context is largely lost when textual data are quantified.’
Many international students are enrolled in the Master of Information Technology and
Systems Degree offered by the School of ICT at UTAS. Many students make use of Language Translation Apps regularly to mitigate language issues they come across either in day-to-day communications or in the course of working towards their degree. You would like to investigate the experiences of students who make use of these Language Translation Apps to determine: (i) what apps they use
- the functionalities of the apps
- in what context do they use it (iv) how much they rely on the app and (v) whether they find it useful.
- In line with adopting a research philosophy with a subjective ontology and an interpretivist epistemology, describe which Qualitative Research Strategy (case study, ethnography, action research or grounded theory) you would adopt for this investigation and your reasons for choosing this. You will need to justify your answers using academic literature.
- Discuss which combination of qualitative data collection methods might be appropriate and justify your answers using academic literature.
Depending on your choice of data collection methods, please address the following:
- Identify and describe what type of interview (unstructured, semistructured or structured) is appropriate and provide justification for your choice.
- Present the question frame that you will use in the interviews.
- Describe in detail how you will plan for and carry out the interview.
- Identify and describe what type of observation (participant or nonparticipant) is appropriate and provide justification for your choice. ii. Discuss what you will focus your observations on. iii. Describe in detail how you will plan for and carry out the observation sessions.
c. Focus groups
- Describe what focus groups are and provide justification for your choice. ii. Present a discussion guide showing the topics that will be covered in your focus groups.
iii.Describe in detail how you will plan for and run your focus groups.
- What Qualitative Data Analysis technique will you use to analyse the data that you have collected? Describe how you will use this technique and justify why you think it is appropriate using academic literature.
** Justification for choice of qualitative research strategy/data collection methods/data analysis technique should be done focusing on why you have chosen a particular qualitative research strategy/data collection methods/data analysis technique and not why you have not chosen others. **
Please note: All the information should be compiled and presented in a professional report format. Please follow the guidelines below:
- Title Page
- Table of Contents
- Page numbering
- Appropriate headings and subheadings
- Harvard style of referencing
- A word limit of 2,000 words is provided. 10% (+ or -) of this is acceptable.
- Document should be submitted in MS Word or PDF format.
Outstanding Very Good Good Adequate Poor
(HD) (DN) (CR) (PP) (Fail)
Understanding and application of qualitative data techniques (40%)
Understanding of qualitative data analysis techniques
Communicating in writing (15%)