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Qualitative Research Methods

The course Commences on June 20, 2022, at 6:30 pm

Course Description

This course is designed to introduce basic qualitative research methods. The course will use a combination of didactic, interactive and applied techniques to provide a rich and in-depth understanding of qualitative research in scientific research. Through the course, participants will be expected to conduct their own qualitative study. Course participants will work individually/in groups to collect data through in-depth interviews, analyze the data collected, and present the results of the analysis. Participants will also learn the basic steps of qualitative data management and analysis using the software, Atlas. ti. Participants will submit their analytical products for evaluation.

Expectations and Goals

By the end of the course, students will develop skills in how to formulate appropriate qualitative research questions and collect and analyze qualitative data. Students will be exposed to different styles of presenting qualitative research results and will consider different ways in which qualitative data is used in practice.


Laptop with stable internet connection.

Class Days, Times, Location

Classes will be held online thrice a week.

Course software

All students will use AtlasTi, a qualitative software package for the data management and analysis of the data from their group project available at https://atlasti.com. The participants are expected to download and install a trial version of the software to be used during the course upon instruction. More information on the software, how to download it, and how to use it for analysis will be presented in class.

Course Format

The course format will include three weekly lectures online. The lecture will be supplemented with small group discussions, in-class exercises, case studies, and examples from literature.

Discussion Board

The participants can use the google classroom discussion board for this class.

Telephone Messages

To communicate with the instructor or the TAs, please use email and do not leave phone messages.

Appropriate Use of Course Resources:

Any unauthorized copying of the class materials is a violation of federal law and may result in disciplinary actions being taken against the student. Additionally, the sharing of class materials without the specific, express approval of the instructor may be a violation of the institute’s Honor Code and an act of academic dishonesty, which could result in further action. This includes, among other things, uploading class materials to websites for the purpose of sharing those materials with other current or future students.

Attendance/ Participation

Your attendance and active participation are an integral part of your learning experience in this course. Students are expected to attend class regularly. We will be taking attendance at each class. If students are not able to make it to class, please send an email to the course coordinator explaining your absence. It is expected that students will read all assigned readings prior to class. Students are encouraged to share their prior experiences with qualitative data collection during class. We have designed the class to include a combination of large group presentations/discussions, and small group discussions and breakout sessions. The slides for the class will be available in the classroom at the end of the lectures.


You are expected to follow professional etiquette and common courtesy in all communication including email, discussion boards, and face-to-face. All electronic communications sent should follow proper English grammar rules to include complete sentences. This is a professional course, and you are expected to communicate like a professional.


You are expected to offer individual contributions in class and on individual assignments, and collaborate with fellow students on group assignments.

Late Work Late,

Late submissions will not be entertained. Such submissions will not be evaluated unless the instructors are not informed in advance due to extenuating circumstances, such as medical procedures or professional travel. Corrected submissions will not be accepted unless stated otherwise. Attendance on all course days and active participation in class is required to receive a course completion certificate.

Course Support

The International Institute of Migration and Development (IIMAD) will provide technical support for the course. If you need help with installation and access to course materials, please contact the IIMAD Help Desk by email at info@iimad.org, or reach out to the course coordinator Mr Nelgyn Tennyson.

Course contents

Compulsory Reading

Hennink, M., Hutter, I., & Bailey, A. (2020). Qualitative Research Methods. Sage

Course Fee

The course fee is ₹3000 for normal participants of the course.

Payment Details

Mode of Payment: Online Transfer

Name of the Account: The International Institute of Migration and Development

Name of the Bank: Union Bank

Bank Address: T C 3/21(18) Mathews Arcade, Kesavadasapuram, Pattom Palace, Trivandrum 695 004

Account Number: 545101010050227