PLU8021 - Qualitative Analysis in Practice I


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Passed/Failed

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Assignment 100/100

Course content

PLU8021 focuses on qualitative analysis of empirical educational, practice-based research material. The subject is a research course in qualitative analysis. The main focus is on the craftsmanship when qualitative educational research material is summed up, analysed and interpreted. The participants are expected to work with their own research material during the course work.

Learning outcome

the candidate
- can adequately assess the use of qualitative analysis methods as a craft
- has in-depth knowledge about and can contribute to new knowledge about qualitative analysis as craftsmanship through the processes of assorting, reducing complex materials and making claims about discoveries/results
- has in-depth knowledge about various qualitative analysis methods

the candidate has
- in-depth skills in conducting qualitative analyses as a craft and can use these skills in concrete analyses of his/her own material
- in-depth skills in how to analyse qualitative data material adequately and in a knowledge-producing way
- in-depth skills in the processes of assorting, reducing complex materials and making claims about discoveries/results and can challenge traditional ways this has been done

Generell competence
the candidate
- is capable of reading and at a high academic level commenting on other researchers’/co-students’ choices of analysis method connected to the research material and research question

Learning methods and activities

Seminar-based teaching in the form of lectures, workshops, discussions and student presentations. Individual and study group work with the course reading material and own empirical data between the seminars The participants must use own empirical research.

Attendance requirement at seminar: 80 %

The student presents his/her article sketch for co-students and a course teacher during the last seminar, and is opponent for a co-student. 100 % attendance is equired the whole day.

If the course have English students, the teaching will be in English. Assignments can be handed in in Norwegian or English.

Compulsory assignments

  • 2 written papers
  • Opposition to fellow student's presentation / assignment
  • Draft and presentation
  • Attendance 80%

Further on evaluation

Evaluation: Assignment
Karakter: Passed/Failed
Weighting: 100/100

The examination task is an article sketch that focuses on analysis of own research material with focus on the processes of assorting, reducing complex materials and making claims about discoveries/results, voluntarily with a specific labelled qualitative analysis method, and with examples from own research material as appendix. Course readings and self-elected literature must be used.

Assessment report requires approved teaching message the same semester. Mandatory activity from previous semesters can be approved by the department. In case of postponed exam, the examination must be based on completed work requirements from the semester the teaching was followed.

Specific conditions

Limited admission to classes.

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Required previous knowledge

Masters degree or equivalent. PhD students are prioritized upon admission.

Students are expected to use their own empirical material

Admission restrictions*: The course is limited to a of maximum 25 students, where 6 spots are reserved for applicants from other institutions affiliated with NorTED ( If there are less than 5 applicants, the Department of Teacher Education reserves the right to cancel the course.
* Applicants will be ranked based on the following criteria and deadline for applications can be found here:

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
PLU8011 5.0 01.09.2012
More on the course

Version: 1
Credits:  5.0 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Teacher Education
  • School Development
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Teacher Education



Examination arrangement: Assignment

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment 100/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Assignment 100/100
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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