Workshop November 2023: Qualitative Interviewing: Online

This two-day online course will address the issues of preparing for, collecting, managing and analysing Face to Face and Focus Group interviews from a practical perspective


This course is being held 'live' online via Zoom and run on Australian Eastern Daylight Time (UTC +11)

(Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne Daylight savings time)







Monday, November 6, 2023 - Tuesday, November 7, 2023
Early bird cutoff date: 
Saturday, September 30, 2023
Course details:

This two-day online course will address the issues of preparing for, collecting, managing and analysing  data from Face to Face and Focus Group interviews from a practical perspective.



This course will be run over 2 days in three sessions per day:


  • 9.30 am - 11.00 am - Session 1
  • 11.30 am - 1.00 pm - Session 2
  • 2.00 pm - 3.30 pm - Session 3


Course notes will be sent out in advance and exercises will be provided over the 2 days.


This course is being held 'live' online via Zoom and run on Australian Eastern Daylight Time (UTC +11)

(Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne Daylight savings time)



Workshop - runs over 2 days
Course dates: Monday 6 November 2023 - Tuesday 7 November 2023
Emeritus Professor Carol Grbich is a Social Epidemiologist from Flinders University, South Australia.  Her previous appointments were in the School of Behavioural Health Sciences at Latrobe University and in the School of Education at Monash University. She is an experienced researcher and teacher of qualitative research and is the author of 7 qualitative textbooks including; Qualitative Research in Health: An introduction (Allen and Unwin and Sage International, 1999); New Approaches in Social Research (London Sage publications, 2004) and Qualitative Data Analysis (London Sage Publications, 2013). She was the foundation Editor of one of the two International Journals whose focus is on mixed research methods and is the recipient of over $80 million in research grants.
Week 1
About this course: 

The emphasis is on practical experience and the gaining of practice-based skills with regard to conducting both face to face and focus group interviews in person and online and in gaining experience in analysing data.

Course syllabus: 

Day 1.  

  • The impact of personal frames on data
  • Issues relating to successful face-to-face interviewing
  • Question Design
  • Conducting face to face interviews


Day 2

  • Issues related to successful group interviews
  • Conducting a Focus Group
  • Transcription and Preliminary data analysis of interview data
  • Thematic analysis of interview data. Computer management and criteria for assessing good qualitative research.


Course format: 

This course involves a mixture of seminar presentations using powerpoint, class discussions, and small group activities. 

It will run 'live' using Zoom.

You will be sent a zoom code in advance of the course.

Please note that Zoom can use up to 1GB data per hour, please make sure you have enough data available.

Recommended Background: 

​Please note: there is some overlap between this course and the Foundations of Qualitative Methodologies, Data Collection and Analysis course.

Please contact us if you would like more information.​

Recommended Texts: 

Recommended but not required text:

  • Grbich, C. 2013. Introduction to Data Analysis. Sage International: London.
  • Minichiello, V. Aroni, R, & Hays, T (2008) In-Depth Interviewing: Principles, Techniques, Analysis. 3rd edition. Melbourne: Longman.
  • Liamputtong P.  (2011) Focus Group Methodology: Principles and Practice. London: Sage.


Participants will be provided with copies of the power point presentation.

Course fees
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Early bird Non Member: 
Early bird full time student Member: 
Non Member: 
Full time student Member: 

Participant feedback: 

As someone who does quite a bit of qualitative research outside a university context, I found it very helpful to step through the interview/ focus group and analysis processes and hear Carol's perspectives as well as those of other class members with academic experience. Much was familiar - and served to refresh my knowledge - but there were also areas where I learned new things - particularly aspects relevant to ethics processes. Carol was very patient and responsive. (September 2021)


The course targetted the stage I'm at right now in my PhD research and helped a lot with improving my literacy and deeper understanding of application principles and practices, especially in relation to data coding and analysis. (September 2021)


Breaking up the delivery with small group activities was helpful and I think it allowed me to better absorb the content and remain focused. It was also nice to have a chance to interact with other members of the course. (September 2021)​


Great balance of content and application through breakout rooms/ group work. (May 2021)


The course was well organised, the booklet was written well and delivered in time for me to read it, the presenter is an expert and conveyed her knowledge in a professional and engaging manner. (May 2021)




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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)