Qualitative Research: Winter Online 2020

Due to the popularity of the Qualitative Research: Design Analysis and Representation course, we have a third offering of the online course from August 3-7.



As participants are unable to travel, and University campuses are not allowing external events for the foreseeable future, we have decided to offer our courses online


  • We will use the Zoom platform to deliver our courses through the week.
  • You will need access to the internet and a computer with a webcam and ideally a headset with a microphone (for your comfort).
  • You may use up to 5GB of data per day by using zoom in this format. Please make sure you have sufficient data available to you, so you are not hit by 'bill shock' at the end of the week.
  • Classes will run across the 5 days in blocks of 'online time'.
  • Classes will be restricted to 12 people to maintain the interactivity and applied nature of our courses.
  • Depending on the course, you will receive reading, notes and general information about the course in advance.
  • All other software requirements will be listed on the course page & we will contact you in advance to make sure you have what you need.
  • Prior to to the course, we will offer you an opportunity to test your setup with ACSPRI support staff.
  • We understand that networking is a very important part of your ACSPRI experience, over the week, there will be ample opportunities to interact with your fellow classmates and instructor as well as work on applied exercises.
  • Please note: Courses will run on Australian Eastern Standard Time (GMT +10)


Please visit the course page below to find out the structure of your online week, and what you will need to participate. All course prices have been discounted to reflect the change to online delivery. If you have already booked a course for the in-person Winter Program and wish to transfer to the online program, you will be refunded the price difference.


We appreciate your patience during this extraordinary time.



Bookings must be made on-line via the Qualitative Research: Winter Online 2020 Program page. Full Program details and a list of course descriptions can be found on this page by scrolling down or referring to the subject headings above (Dates, How to enrol, FAQs, etc). Prices listed on the course page include course notes and depend on whether your organisation is an ACSPRI Member, and also whether you book and complete payment before the Early Bird Deadline. For more information, scroll down or click on FAQs or you can call us on 03 8376 6496 or email info@acspri.org.au.




*please note there will be no separate Spring Program in Sydney (October). The next program after Winter, will be our Summer Program at the ANU and the University of Melbourne in January/ February 2021.



Monday, August 3, 2020 - Friday, August 7, 2020
Early bird cutoff date: 
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
How to enrol: 

Step 1: Log in to the ACSPRI website (you can create an account or request a new password if required). The account should be in the name of the person taking the course. Alternative billing details (e.g. for a Finance Officer) can be entered later if need be.


Step 2:  Check the status of the desired course. If places are available the status will show up as "Open". If the course is "Full" you will be able to join the waiting list for that course. You would then be contacted via email if a place becomes available.


Step 3: Select the title of the desired course to see the course outline page.  Select "Add to cart" and proceed to checkout.


Step 4: Enter billing details (e.g. yourself or an admin/finance officer) and either finalise payment by credit card or request an invoice by selecting 'Direct Deposit' (please keep in mind the relevant payment deadlines).


Step 5: Click "Review Order" to check the details and then submit order.


Step 6: Check your invoice/receipt (under the course title) to see if your course has been confirmed to run at the program. If it has not yet been confirmed, you will receive an email when a sufficient number of bookings has been received and the course has been confirmed.

Course details:

This course is designed for participants who have undertaken a qualitative study in their work or study and would like to build their theoretical knowledge and applied skill base in qualitative research.


This course will be run over 5 days in two sessions per day:


10.00am - 12.00pm - Session 1.

2.00pm - 4.00pm - Session 2


Individual consultations will be offered after the course, or in the day following.


This is the 3rd and final offering of this course for our Winter 2020 Online program. The course will be offered again in Summer 2021. Please check our website or join our mailing list for details when they become available.

Level 2 - runs over 5 days

Dr Delwyn Goodrick is a psychologist who undertakes program evaluation and social research with a wide range of government and private sector clients. She is an experienced trainer having conducted a range of specialist workshops in research and program evaluation in Australia, Singapore, the US, UK, Canada and New Zealand. Most of Delwyn's work relates to health and education contexts. She maintains her own private consultancy practice and is currently working from New Zealand.

Course dates: Monday 3 August 2020 - Friday 7 August 2020
Course status: Course completed (no new applicants)
Week 1
About this course: 

The focus of this course is on issues of design and positioning, analysis and representation of qualitative research. This course only provides a generic overview of data collection methods, as it is assumed that participants will have experience with methods.

Many of the examples will make reference to research in business, psychology and health.


The target audience for this course are researchers, practitioners and academics who have conducted at least one qualitative study, and are familiar with the process and context of qualitative research.

Course syllabus: 

10.00-12.00 and 2.00-4.00pm each day


Day 1: Design – Philosphies of Qualitative Research
- Introductions to the course and to each other/ ways to manage online interface.
- Definitions and approaches to Qualitative Research.
- Philosophies that influence the conduct of research.
- Illustrative article for review.
- End of the day Q & A.


Day 2: Design Frameworks and Design Issues
- Design Frameworks (What are they? How do I select one?).
- Grounded Theory, Case Study, Ethnography.
- Illustrative study for review / discussion.
- Phenomenology, Narrative Inquiry.
- Sampling issues in Qualitative Research.


Day 3: The Management and Analysis of qualitative data
- Methods of data collection (in brief).
- Transcription, notes, memos and journalling.
- Methods of analysis for use in manual analysis or computer-assisted analysis.
- Coding and categorisation processes.
- Content Analysis with example for review.
- End of session Q & A.


Day 4: Analysis Options (continued)
- Thematic Analysis with example for review.
- Framework Analysis and Matrix displays.
- Doing narrative analysis with example for review.
- Theory led or conceptually led analysis.
- Planning (or revising) your analytic strategy.


Day 5: Representation: Textual and non-textual strategies
- Representational issues – in publishing / theses
- Validity, trustworthiness, and authenticity.
- The methodology chapter: what does it need to include?
- Summary of the course / further reading / scheduling of individual (follow up) consultations.


NB:  There will be pre-reading and expectations for reading / activities in breaks

Course format: 

This course will take place via Zoom. No particular software is required other than the Zoom download.  Participants will be asked to complete exercises in word and send to the instructor for review.  Pre-reading is required before each 2 session block.  Participants can expect to be required to read/review three to four articles for each day.

Recommended Background: 

Participants will be expected to have experience with at least one qualitative research project or have undertaken an introductory level course in qualitative research methods.  While some discussion of the technical elements of methods is presented during the course of the workshop, participants should have a basic familiarity with data collection methods such as interviews, observation and document analysis.

Recommended Texts: 

The instructor's bound, book length course notes will serve as the course text. These will be sent to you in advance.


Other reading that may be useful:

  • Bazeley, P. (2013). Qualitative data analysis: Practical Strategies. London: Sage
  • Miles, M. Huberman, M., & Saldana, J. (2014). Qualitative data analysis: A methods sourcebook. (3rd ed). Los Angeles: Sage.
  • Patton, MQ. (2017). Qualitative research and evaluation methods. 5th ed, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage
Course fees
Non Member: 
Full time student Member: 

Q: Do I have to have had any qualitative research experience to do this course?

A: Yes, you will have been expected to have experience with at least one qualitative research project or have undertaken an introductory level course in qualitative research methods.

Participant feedback: 


Covered a huge range of material, most of which was relevant to my needs. Loads of resources in the course and suggested reading and resources to follow up post course. (Summer 2020)


Extremely useful for gaining further clarity regarding Qual methods/design & applying this to my own research project. (Summer 19)


Broad & detailed knowledge clearly explained with relevant examples. Draw upon professional experience well. (Summer 19)


Information rich, deep expertise of facilitator. (Spring 18)


I found the course had a very practical element to it. The way it was taught provided a good sense of how the theories/methodologies could be implemented in practice in a number of content. (Winter 2018)


Delwyn is an excellent presenter. Very useful for me to get a theoretical grounding in qualitative research design at this point in my PhD. (Summer 2018)


Del has an amazing wealth of knowledge can explain complex concepts in a straight forward way, and is highly engaging - one of the best instructors I’ve had. (Winter 2017)


The course was a great mix of theory, practice and practical, It was also well facilitated and participatory & engaging all students and tailoring research to our individual experiences. (Winter 2017)


Del helped me situate myself in the compendium of ontological and epistemological traditions. (Spring 2016)


It provided me with different choices of Qualitative research methods and useful examples were used throughout the course. (Winter 2016)


Good mix of presentation with many opportunities for discussion. The reading materials and in-class analysis & discussion of these were excellent. Clarified + explained these well. (Spring 2015)



The instructor's bound, book length course notes will serve as the course text.



ACSPRI courses are graded at different levels (1 to 5) according to the pre-requisites of that course. Generally speaking, a course at level 2 (e.g. Applied Statistical Procedures) will have a relevant level 1 course (e.g. Fundamentals of Statistics) or an equivalent level of knowledge or experience as a pre-requisite. Similarly, those attending a level 5 course, such as Advanced SEM, are expected to have completed an applied SEM course (level 4) or hold an equivalent level of competence in SEM as someone who has completed such a level 4 course.


Without the pre-requisite background, you are likely to get little value from the course and could adversely affect the experience of others in the course. You should check the pre-requisites of your desired course in the course outline page. If you are still unsure about your level of preparedness for the course, you can contact the course instructor, whose email address you can find via the course outline page.

Terms and Conditions: 

1.  BOOKING - ACSPRI does not accept ‘expressions of interest’ for course places, i.e. all bookings, are considered firm, and a $250 cancellation fee is charged if you cancel your booking after the early-bird date. Your fee is forfeited entirely if you cancel in the week before the course.


2. DISCOUNT RATE – The discounted rate for ACSPRI members is available to all staff and students of member organisations. To be eligible for this rate:

    • The course fee must be paid by either the member organisation or by you. Where fees are paid by a non-member organisation the non-member rate applies:and
    • You must either have a valid email address issued by the member organisation; or you must hold, or have a right to hold, a current staff or student identity card from the member organisation.

In addition, to be eligible for a full time student discount the participant must:

    • Hold, or have a right to hold, a current student identity card from the member organisation;
    • Be enrolled as a full-time student;
    • Make payment in full with your application, arrange electronic funds transfer (EFT), or contact ACSPRI to advise credit card details for payment, by the early-bird closing date;
    • Provide ACSPRI with contact details of your supervisor, so we can request them to confirm your eligibility for the full time student rate.

The early bird rate applies to all bookings paid in full by the early bird close date, otherwise you will be charged at the standard rate.



3. REFUNDS & CANCELLATIONS - Course fees are not refundable unless:

    • we cancel the course in which you have enrolled; or
    • you cancel your enrolment before the early-bird closing date.

A cancellation fee of $250 will be charged if you cancel within the period from the early-bird closing date of and one week prior to the commencement of the program. The full course fee will be charged if you cancel within 1 week of the beginning of your course.


4. COURSE NOTES are generally provided as part of your enrolmnet. If additional course notes are required, there will be a fee.


5. PRE-REQUISITES - Course descriptions specify course pre-requisites. You must undertake to meet the pre-requisites of the course(s) in which you enrol. If in any doubt, you should contact ACSPRI prior to enrolling.


Delivery of this course is online - via Zoom.


Please ensure you have the following:

  • Reliable Internet connection with at least 5Gb per day of data available (i.e. a 5 day course will use about 25Gb of data just on the Zoom application)
  • A computer/laptop with the Zoom application installed (free)
  • A webcam (built in to most laptops)
  • A headset with a microphone (not required but ideal)
  • A second monitor/screen if possible


Please also check the course page for specific software requirements (if any).


Venue and Timetable: 

You will be attending from home, and each course may specify a slightly different timing schedule. Please expect around 4 "contact" hours per day, with the remainder of the usual working day for exercises, group work and self-directed activities.

All times specified are in Australian Eastern Time (Melbourne/Sydney/Canberra time)



1. FAQs re Course Info


1.1. I'm not sure which course I should do. Where should I start?

The program page has a list of courses being offered at the current program. This list also shows the course levels and whether the course is 'Open' to bookings or is full, in which case a waiting list will operate. If you click on the course title, that will bring up the outline for that course. It is important to check the level of the course as well as the pre-requisites, to ensure that you are at the expected level of preparedness. A full list of courses, including some infrequently-offered ones, is available at www.acspri.org.au/courses.


1.2. Will the same courses be offered at every program?

No, but many courses are are the same, especially the popular ones. Course offerings are typically announced on the website and via our mailing list three to four months prior to each program.


1.3. I have read the course outline/s but I have specific questions about this course. Who can I ask?

Program-related questions can be directed to info@acspri.org.au.


1.4. Do I need to bring text books for my course?

Usually not, but you should check the course outline. Course notes are generally provided and, in most cases, other background reading listed is useful but not essential.


1.5. Will I need a laptop and/or software for my course?

  • Yes, you will need access to the internet and a computer with a webcam and ideally a headset with a microphone (for your comfort).
  • You will will need to download the Zoom application.
  • We will provide you with a link to join your virtual classroom.
  • All other software requirements will be listed on the course page & we will contact you in advance to make sure you have what you need.
  • Prior to to the course, we will offer you an opportunity to test your setup with ACSPRI support staff.


1.6. What else do I need to bring to my course?


Unless your instructor contacts you in advance of the course, it is safe to assume that you do not need to bring anything specific. In some courses you may be asked to bring your data, as you'll have the opportunity to discuss your research with the instructor or in class.


2. FAQs re Enrolment, Invoices and Payment


2.1. Can I enrol in more than one course?

Yes, at multi-week programs you can enrol in up to one course per week. The system will not allow you to enrol in more than one course per week as each course runs for the full week.


2.2. I need an invoice for payment or funding approval. How can I obtain one?

If you select 'direct deposit' during the booking process, this will defer payment and you will automatically receive an invoice when you complete the booking (instead of a receipt). This invoice does not necessarily need to be paid by direct deposit; there are a number of methods available. If you do defer payment by selecting 'direct deposit', you will need to keep in mind the relevant due date or Early Bird Deadline and/or late cancellation date, and the ways these will affect your order.


2.3. What does 'Open' mean as a course status?

This simply means that there are places available in this course. If a course becomes full or is cancelled, this will change accordingly.


2.4. When I update my shopping cart the course keeps disappearing. What am I doing wrong?

You need to make sure you do not check the box to remove the course from your order. If the problem is something else, please email ACSPRI staff and let them know which step you are having trouble with.


2.5. My organisation is an ACSPRI Member but the non-member rate keeps showing up for me. What should I do?

You may not be logged in as yourself or you may not have selected your institution from the list of ACSPRI Members when you first created your account. If you head to 'view my account' to the right of screen, you can update your 'groups' (i.e. your ACSPRI Member institution/organisation) from there.


2.6. I am not sure if my booking worked. How can I tell?

If you have received an official invoice or receipt, then your booking is in the system.


2.7. I have made my booking. When will I hear from ACSPRI and/or my instructor?

If this course has not yet been confirmed (refer to your invoice), you will receive an email when it is. You will also receive at least one bulk housekeeping email in the lead-up to the program - around a week before the course. Some instructors also like to contact their class in advance of the course but in most cases your first contact with your instructor will be on the Monday morning of your course.


2.8. I have an 'ACSPRI Credit'. How can I redeem it.

If you have an ACSPRI Credit, it should show up as an additional payment option in the billing screen when you make a booking. If the credit amount is less than the course booking amount, you will first need to select either "Direct Deposit" or "Credit Card" as the payment method and then underneath the credit card or direct deposit details enter the "Discount Amount (in AUD)". The new billing amount should then appear.


2.9. My invoice says my course is 'not yet confirmed'. Do I have a place in this course?

Yes, you do have a place in this course (subject to payment by the due date), however this means we still require some more enrolments before this class is of a sufficient size to go ahead. As a not-for-profit organisation, we require courses to be of a certain size before they are viable. If we cannot reach this number, we will offer a refund (or credit if preferred) on any paid course fees. Most courses are typically confirmed a few weeks either side of the Early Bird Deadline. We try to make these decisions as early as possible and inform the course participants straight away via email.

Participants who enrol in a course that is already confirmed will be able to see this on their invoice.


2.10. If my course is not yet confirmed, should I hold off on payment?

This is not recommended, because the number of paid enrolments received is a factor in deciding if a course will go ahead. There is no risk in payment for an unconfirmed course. In the rare case that a course is cancelled, a full refund is offered straight away (or the credit can be held for 2 years if preferred).


2.11. Can I enrol and pay for multiple staff members/students?

Yes, but it is usually easier to have each person enrol themselves and then forward an invoice to you.

A separate on-line account must be created in the name of each course participant using their email address. This is important for a number of reasons, including contacting participants re: course details. If you are responsible for paying for several bookings, it may be easiest to have each of your colleagues make their own enrolments but defer payment during the booking process (by selecting 'direct deposit' instead of entering credit card details), and then forward the invoice to you. To pay multiple invoices see the payment details here.

Alternatively you may decide to log in separately for each booking/payment, using each participant's login details.



3. FAQs re Venue and Housekeeping Matters


3.1. Where do I find my course?

To participate in your online course, you will need to download or have access to the zoom application on your computer. The week before your course, ACSPRI staff will send you a link, and a time for you to log in and access your 'virtual classroom' on the Monday morning of your course.


3.2. What does my course fee cover?

The fee covers course attendance and a copy of the course notes.


3.3. What is the course timetable?

You will be advised in advance re: your timetable, including a start time on the Monday morning.  We will run blocks of sessions throughout the week, allowing you time to attend to matters in your own workspace in between sessions. Please check your course page for specific details about your course.