Analysis of Qualitative Data (Project Workshop III)

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Subject Area
Language of Instruction
Mode of Delivery
ECTS Credits
1st Cycle Studies

Recommended Prerequisites

Basic notions on research methodology and data collection techniques acquired at the following curricular units: Principles of Research Methodology, Qualitative Data Collection and Sampling and Survey Techniques.

Teaching Methods

This course is taught in practical classes (4 hours per week), combining the presentation of the syllabus topics with its practical application through the resolution of exercises and the use of a specific software.

Learning Outcomes

Overall objectives

The main objective of the course is to acquaint students with qualitative approaches for data processing.

Specific objectives

Familiarize students with deductive and inductive logics of classification and manipulation of qualitative data;

To practice analytical procedures that lead to the quantification of qualitative data;

To practice analytical procedures intended to operate in a strictly qualitative way.

Generic skills

To acquire and train conceptualization skills, as much as to relate concepts to data/information.

Specific skills

It is expected students to acquire the following skills: developing categories and coding systems; organization and classification of unstructured data; evaluation of consistency and reliability of encoding processes; development and application of categories relatedness models and operating hypothesis; formalization of general propositions.

Usage of specific software to apply the referred skills.

Work Placement(s)



Introduction to Qualitative Data Analysis:the logic of qualitative research approaches;diversity of perspectives and qualitative methodologies;the qualitative nature of the data and the objectives of the research,Moments of Qualitative Data Analysis:reduce data, organize and present data, interpret data and draw analytical conclusions.The model of Content Analysis or Categorical Analysis:objectives-describe to quantify and test; selection of documents and creation of a corpus;problems of relevance and representativeness;construction of categories and development of coding schemes;coding information and reliability control,Grounded Theory: objectives-generating theories rooted in intensive and systematic qualitative data analysis; assumptions:social phenomena postulate social processes;the relationship between substantive and formal theories;coding procedures:open, axial and selective;integration and analysis procedures:memos and diagrams;Conditional Matrix development.

Head Lecturer(s)

Maria Madalena Santos Duarte

Assessment Methods

Mini Tests: 50.0%
Laboratory work or Field work: 50.0%


Bardin, Laurence, 2009, Análise de Conteúdo. Coimbra: Edições 70.

Krippendorf, Klaus, 2012, Content Analyses. An Introduction to Its Methodology. Thousand Oaks, London, New Delhi, Sage Publications.

Lewins, Ann; Silver, Christina (2007), Using Software in Qualitative Research: A Step-by-Step Guide. London: Sage.

Miles, Mathew B. e Huberman, A. Mitchael (1994), Qualitative Data Analysis. Thousand Oaks, London, New Delhi, Sage Publications.

Saldanha, John, 2009, The Coding Manual for Qualitative Researchers. Londres, Thousand Oaks, Nova Deli, Singapura: Sage Publications Ltd

Strauss, Anselm e Corbin, Juliet, 2008, Basics of Qualitative Research. Techniques and procedures for developing Grounded Theory. Newbury Park, London, New Delhi, Sage Publications.

Strauss, Anselm e Corbin, Juliet, 2009, Pesquisa qualitativa: técnicas e procedimentos para o desenvolvimento de teoria fundamentada. Porto Alegre: Artmed Editora/Bookman Companhia Editora. Artmed.