Postgraduate Module Descriptor

POCM101: Designing Research with Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA)

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 academic year.

Please note that this module is only delivered on the Penryn Campus.

Module Aims

At the end of the week, you will:

1.   Be able to design your research using Qualitative Comparative Analysis

2.   Understand the logic and technical underpinnings of Qualitative Comparative Analysis

3.   Be able to independently perform a crisp-set or fuzzy-set Qualitative Comparative Analysis using the R software environment

4.   Be aware of potential pitfalls of Qualitative Comparative Analysis, and ways of addressing them

5.   Be familiar with some seminal texts about Qualitative Comparative Analysis, covering both classics and recent innovations.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here - you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. Independently choose and apply QCA as a technique and an approach to answer a given research question
2. Critically evaluate potential pitfalls of QCA and explain ways to address them
3. Summarize key texts of QCA
Discipline-Specific Skills4. Identify and evaluate orally and in writing comprehensive approaches to problem-solving
5. Recognize and critically discuss orally and in writing the contested and provisional nature of knowledge and understanding
Personal and Key Skills6. Study independently and work in groups
7. Apply complex ideas and concepts to new situations in writing
8. Demonstrate a systematic and rigorous approach in writing to accuracy, precision and uncertainty