Qualitative Methods Assignment
Aim of the assignment
This assignment aims to test your ability to carry out some basic qualitative analysis of interview transcript
data. In completing the assignment, you will have the opportunity to demonstrate that you can:
Carry out basic coding of qualitative interview data
Describe a theme or conceptual category that arises from this analysis
What does completing the assignment involve?
The data that you will analyse are excerpts from interviews conducted as part of a study into perceptions and
experiences of crime. The data excerpts are presented within this booklet. In order to complete the assignment,
1. Perform ‘line by line’ coding of the data in the space provided in the column to the left of the data
2. Perform ‘focused’ coding of the data in the space provided in column to the right of the data excerpts.
3. Write a 500 word description of one of the conceptual categories (CCD) that arises from your focused
coding in the space provided at the end of this booklet.
The 500 word limit for your conceptual category description (CCD) is a recommendation. You should try to
stick to this as closely as possible. Marks will not be automatically deducted for descriptions that exceed (or
are much lower than) this limit but one of the criteria against which this part of the assignment will be marked
is whether the amount written is appropriate and whether the degree of conciseness is appropriate.
Insert details of where in taught classes this method was covered. Details of the method to be used can also be
found in the following book chapter:
Charmaz, K. (2003) ‘Grounded theory’ in Smith, J.A. (Ed.) Qualitative psychology: a practical guide to
research methods (pp. 81-110) London: Sage. [This book is available on restricted loan – ask at the library
What should you hand in?
You will need to resubmit this entire booklet – having completed the cover sheet details, the coding and the
conceptual category description. If you attach any additional sheets, you must make sure that they are securely
fastened to this document – the Department will not take responsibility for any lost sheets that were not
securely fastened. Your workbook must be handed back in (with additional sheets attached if required) – no
other format of submitting work is acceptable for this assignment and work will only be marked if it is
contained within (or securely attached to, in the case of your CCD) this booklet.
What are the marking criteria for the assignment?
The marking criteria are detailed on the cover sheet at the start of this booklet.
Deadline and handing in arrangements
Insert details of handing in arrangements
You should use this booklet to do your line by line coding (in the space in the left hand column) and your focused coding (in the space in the right hand column).
Remember that 20 marks will be deducted if there are any pages of data excerpts in the booklet you hand in that do not have some coding on them. Hand this
booklet back in once you have completed the cover sheet details, your coding (focused and line-by-line) and written your CCD (approximately 500 words) – which
should be a description of one of the conceptual categories or themes that arises from the coding you do.
Line-by-line coding Data excerpts12 Focused coding
Insert data from transcript 1 in this cell (approximately 3 pages)
Insert data from transcript 2 in this cell (approximately 3 pages)
Insert data from transcript 3 in this cell (approximately 3 pages)
All the names used are pseudonyms.
‘I’ stands for ‘interviewer’.
In the following space write an account of one conceptual category that has arisen from your focused coding.
This conceptual category description (CCD) should be approximately 500 words in length (use as little or as
much space as you need for this – attaching extra pages securely if necessary) and will be marked according to
the criteria outlined in the cover sheet at the start of this booklet. If you wish to wordprocess your CCD, please
affix it securely to this document. Should you choose to do this, you are responsible for making sure that
the CCD is attached sufficiently securely when you hand the workbook in. Either staple it securely to the last
few pages of the document or firmly glue in into place on the pages that follow.
Once your coding is complete (line by line coding on the left of the data excerpts, focused coding on the right
of the data excerpts, and a conceptual category description written into the space provided) you should hand
this booklet in – remembering to also fill in the cover sheet. Remember that 20 marks will be deducted if the
booklet that you hand in does not have some coding on each page of data excerpts. Also, 20 marks will be
deducted if your CCD is missing from the workbook that you hand in. You must hand the workbook back in –
not other format is appropriate for this assignment and only work that is contained within (or securely attached
to, in the case of the CCD) will be marked.
MARKING CRITERIA MARK COMMENTS
Marks for line-by-line coding (Max. 20 marks for this section)
Is the coding sufficiently thorough? Marks out of 5
Are the codes appropriate – for example, has data been grouped on the basis of
consistency with a particular theme or concept rather than on the basis of
agreement, and are the codes sufficiently specific? Marks out of 10
General standard of presentation – neatness, legibility Marks out of 5
Marks for focused coding (Max. 25 marks for this section)
Is it clear how this coding links to the line-by-line coding? Marks out of 5
Does this coding represent a greater level of abstraction than the line-by-line
coding? Marks out of 5
Has data been grouped on the basis of consistency with a particular theme or
concept rather than on the basis of agreement? Marks out of 5
Is there evidence that the method of constant comparison has been used in the
coding (e.g., is similar data from different sections coded in similar ways)? Marks
out of 5
General standard of presentation Marks out of 5
Marks for conceptual category description (CCD) (Max. 40 marks for this
Relationship between CCD and the coding
For example: Is the link between this section and the coding clear (esp. the
focused coding); and, does the conceptual category combine a number of codes
from the analysis? Marks out of 10
The choice of CCD
For example, is the category sufficiently narrow to be manageable and meaningful
but without being so narrow that is too simplistic; is the description of the
conceptual category supported by the data; is it a meaningful and coherent
description of the data; and, does this account represent the scope of the available
data well – such that there are no relevant issues, ideas, concepts or viewpoints in
the data that are not reflected in this account? Marks out of 20
The written account of the CCD
For example: does this account show evidence that the coding was done using the
method of constant comparison; is the amount written appropriate; and, is the
account concisely written, yet detailed enough to be clear and comprehensive?
Marks out of 10
Additional marks (Max. 15 marks for this section)
Excellent level of general neatness, presentation of work and legibility of
handwritten written sections. Maximum of 5 marks
Particularly good written English and/or lack of grammatical and spelling errors.
Maximum of 5 marks
Additional marks may also be awarded for demonstrating an exceptionally high
level of skill or understanding. Maximum of 5 marks
Deduction of marks (Max. deduction 40 marks)
If the workbook is handed in without some coding on each page of data excerpts
deduct 20 marks.
If the CCD is missing from the workbook deduct 20 marks.
TOTAL MARK %
OVERALL COMMENTS (including areas of strength and areas for improvement)
Marker’s name: Date:
*Please note that all grades are provisional subject to confirmation by the Module Assessment Board.