Master-class May 2023: Mixed Methods: Online

This Master Class will examine the key features of mixed methods research designs. The course is designed for participants with an introductory-level understanding of qualitative and quantitative research techniques.



This course is being held online via Zoom and run on Australian Eastern Standard Time (UTC +10)

(Canberra, Sydney Melbourne, Hobart time)





Friday, May 5, 2023 - Saturday, May 6, 2023
Early bird cutoff date: 
Wednesday, March 29, 2023
Course details:

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:

  •     9.30am  - 11.00am: Zoom session (overview)
  •     11.00am- 11.15am: Break
  •     11.15am- 12.45pm: Zoom session (exercises incl.)
  •     12.45pm- 1.45pm: Lunch
  •     1.45pm  - 3.15pm:  Zoom session (exercises incl.)
  •     3.15pm  - 3.30pm: Break
  •     3.30pm  - 4.30pm: Zoom: Question/answer/revision


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


Master Class - runs over 2 days

Nicola McNeil is the Head of the Department of Management, Sport and Tourism, La Trobe Business School.  Nicola is currently working on several research projects in the areas of gender and work, work-life balance and the impact of high performance work practices on employee wellbeing. She has received research grants and consultancies from the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the Australian Federal Government, VicHealth, industry partners and not-for-profit organisations.

Nicola is a leading educator and teaches classes in employment relations, human resource management and research methods to undergraduate and postgraduate students. Nicola is also an instructor for the Australian Consortium of Social and Political Research Inc (ACSPRI) and offers courses on the use of computer-assisted qualitative data analysis and mixed methods research.

Course dates: Friday 5 May 2023 - Saturday 6 May 2023
Course status: Course completed (no new applicants)
Week 1
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.
Course fees
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Full time student Member: 
Participant feedback: 


The course was comprehensive yet approachable, and highly practical.


Good balance of framework content, breakout rooms and personal study. It was great


There was so much to cover but I feel more confident using NVivo, and designing and conducting mixed methods research. I learnt many things and the supporting materials will remain very helpful. Thanks Nicola, that was an excellent course.


I enjoyed the experience of undertaking this course on line. We had an exceptionally good tutor in Nicola and this made the process and content enjoyable and stimulating. Thanks


This was an excellent course that exceeded my expectations. I have taken away a great deal of useful knowledge. The provision of resources was especially good, and the ease of being able to download them straight from the chat function in Zoom was great. Would recommend.


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


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


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


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




Delivery of this course is online - via Zoom.


Please ensure you have the following:

  • Reliable Internet connection with at least 5Gb per day of data available (i.e. a 5 day course will use about 25Gb of data just on the Zoom application)
  • A computer/laptop with the Zoom application installed (free)
  • A webcam (built in to most laptops)
  • A headset with a microphone (not required but ideal)
  • A second monitor/screen if possible


Please also check the course page for specific software requirements (if any).


Venue and Timetable: 

You will be attending from home, and each course may specify a slightly different timing schedule. Please expect around 4 "contact" hours per day, with the remainder of the usual working day for exercises, group work and self-directed activities.

All times specified are in Australian Eastern Time (Melbourne/Sydney/Canberra time)