FASS639d: Qualitative Data Analysis with NVivo 11 (distance learning)

Educational Aims

This workshop introduces students to working with NVivo to support them throughout the stages of qualitative research and analysis as well as using the software to support annotating, critically reviewing, synthesising and integrating research literature into their project. Students will be introduced to the tools and ways of working to support data management, recording their developing ideas, keeping a research journal and working with data including annotating, coding, linking and exploring both textual and multimedia data. This is then extended to explore using the powerful search, query and visualisation tools to further analysis and connect this to writing their thesis.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

  • demonstrate familiarity with the main features and concepts of the qualitative data analysis software package NVivo and how these relate to concepts and approaches in qualitative data analysis
  • critically consider their data and project and how they can use NVivo software to support them in preparing, managing, analysing, and securing diverse forms of qualitative data
  • understand what data segmentation and coding processes are, how these work with software and how they can be applied to their project
  • use software visualisations as ways to decompose, explore and present data dynamically
  • appreciate software proficiency as a transferable skill and including routes for accreditation as an NVivo student or professional trainer as well as some of the ways that NVivo is used beyond academia.

Module Structure/Delivery Pattern

The course is available as self-directed study using extensive video resources, exemplars and framework projects to support you in getting started and working with your data.  This is supported through opportunities to discuss, share and explore your approach with other students engaging on the module and with the convenor via discussion forums.  In addition bookable one-to-one remote access sessions will be run to provide specific support for your project by the convenor.


  • Overview of NVivo 11 and the differences between the PC and Mac versions.
  • Strategies and approaches to using NVivo effectively for your project and understanding the assistance it can provide as well as its limits for supporting qualitative data analysis.
  • Understanding and gaining familiarity with the interface, terminology and key concepts such as nodes, case nodes, sets, and attributes
  • Project management, document preparation, with a particular focus on transcript preparation as well as data organisation and security.
  • Core programme features and how these relate to the process of qualitative data analysis including reading/viewing data, annotating it and writing emerging thoughts.
  • Auto-coding transcripts and creating ‘case’ codes.
  • Coding processes and code lists.
  • Visualisation tools as ways to decompose and explore data dynamically.
  • Ways of working with multimedia, as well the challenges and requirements of transcript formatting for synchronising transcripts, and coding video and audio.
  • Relationships of cases, attributes and making comparisons.
  • Creating node hierarchies.
  • Using the analysis tools including using the query wizard, and matric queries.
  • Using more advanced query options.
  • Connecting writing to data outputs using the memo tools and memo output options and how these can be incorporated into writing and presentations.
  • Routes for transferable skills through certified student and professional routes and the use of this software beyond academic research.

Introductory Reading

Gibbs, G. R. (2013). Using Software in Qualitative Analysis. In U. Flick (Ed.), SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Data Analysis (pp. 277-294): SAGE Publications Ltd.

Silver, C., & Lewins, A. (2014). The Nature of Software Support for Research Projects Using software in qualitative research : a step-by-step guide (2nd ed. ed., pp. 35-60). Los Angeles: SAGE.

Woods, M., Macklin, R., & Lewis, G. K. (2015). Researcher reflexivity: exploring the impacts of CAQDAS use. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 1-19. doi:10.1080/13645579.2015.1023964

Woolf, N. H., & Silver, C. (2017). Qualitative analysis using NVivo : the five-level QDA method. Abingdon: Taylor and Francis.

Timing and location




28/02/18 - 29/06/18

Number of sessions:


Timing and Location:

online distance learning


Additional information

Minimum quota: 1