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Qualitative Approaches to Investigating UX - COM00058H

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  • Department: Computer Science
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Jen Beeston
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2024-25
    • See module specification for other years: 2023-24

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Semester 1 2024-25

Module aims

This module will provide students the methodological approaches to interrogating concepts and users’ subjective experiences with interactive systems. The module provides theoretical and practical grounding in methods used for collection and analysis of qualitative data that are used in industry and academic research. Students will learn how different qualitative methods can be used for a range of purposes, from informing to design to understanding technology use in context.

Module learning outcomes

  1. Identify and justify use of appropriate qualitative methodology

  2. Recognise and acknowledge the underpinning epistemological positions of qualitative methods

  3. Recognise the role of the researcher in the research process

  4. Critique and contrast the methods of studies against the standards of rigour and validity of the chosen methodology

  5. Report and discuss the results of an analysis appropriate to the method used

  6. Describe the important aspects of research governance including ethical conduct and data governance


Task Length % of module mark
Essay : Coursework
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Essay : Coursework Resit
N/A 100

Module feedback

Feedback is provided throughout the sessions, and after the assessment as per normal University guidelines.

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