Practical Qualitative Research Exercise

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Scenario: 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 (ii) the functionalities of the apps (iii) in what context do they use it (iv) how much they rely on the app and (v) whether they find it useful. Requirements: 1. 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. 2. 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: a. Interviews i. Identify and describe what type of interview (unstructured, semistructured or structured) is appropriate and provide justification for your choice. ii. Present the question frame that you will use in the interviews. iii. Describe in detail how you will plan for and carry out the interview. b. Observations i. 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 i. 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. 3. What Qualitative Data Analysistechnique 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 • Introduction/Conclusion • 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.