An Introduction to Mixed Methods Research Design: Online - (2 days)

In this Master-class we will examine the key features of mixed methods research designs. We will explore the different types of mixed method design; critically analyse the benefits and challenges associated with the design and implementation of each design type; and the analysis and write-up of mixed method studies.


This course is being held online via Zoom. 


The proposed schedule each day is:

  • 9.00am - 11.00am - Session 1
  • 1.00pm - 3.00pm - Session 2

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

Master Class - runs over 2 days

Dr. Nicola McNeil is the Head of the Department of Management, Sport and Tourism, La Trobe Business School, La Trobe University. She holds a BCom (Honours) and LLB from Monash University, and a Ph.D. from Deakin University. Nicola’s research explores the impact of human resource management practices on organisational performance and employee outcomes in a wide array of settings, including multi-national enterprises, healthcare, and community organisations. Nicola has taught qualitative and quantitative research methods at the postgraduate level for over 15 years and has provided consulting services to State and Federally-funded research projects.

About this course: 

This Master-class is designed for participants with an introductory-level understanding of mixed methods research designs.

Participants will have an opportunity to workshop their own mixed method designs during the class.


Course syllabus: 

Day 1:

Topics covered include:

  • Defining mixed methods research;
  • philosophical underpinnings of mixed method research;
  • key elements of mixed-method research;
  • crafting mixed methods research questions;
  • convergent parallel designs, including sampling and data collection and analysis considerations;
  • explanatory designs, including sampling and data collection and analysis considerations.



Topics covered include: 

  • exploratory designs, including sampling and data collection and analysis considerations;
  • a brief review of other mixed-method designs;
  • mixed-methods analysis procedures;
  • quality considerations in mixed methods research;
  • guidelines for writing-up mixed-method methodologies.



Recommended Texts: 
  • Creswell, J.W. and Plano Clark, V.L. (2017) Designing and conducting mixed methods research. Third edition, London: Sage.
  • Tashakkori, A., Johnson, R.B and Teddlie, C. (2020) Foundations of mixed methods research. Second edition, London: Sage.
Participant feedback: 

Nicola was a great presenter. I appreciated seeing a wide range of examples from different subjects areas & using different approaches. (2018)


Good foundation information following by interactive tasks which helped with consolidation of knowledge gained (2017)


Exactly what I was looking for - an updated of MM design and application to merging quant & qual data (2017)


Has met my expectations in terms of developing knowledge of MMR, terminolgy, tools and designs (2017)



Program where course next likely to be offered: 
Online Summer Program 2021