Social Work Thesis Part I

Course code SWRK4006
Not available in 2015

Description

Students will commence an honours research project under the supervision of an academic staff member who is the student's honours research supervisor. The course involves the direct application the research knowledge and skills developed in the previous years of the social work program specifically SWRK 3005. Building on SWRK 3005 students will refine a research question and methodology, complete a literature review, implement appropriate data collection and analysis and commence a research thesis.

Availability

Not currently available.

This Course was last offered in Semester 2 - 2014.

Learning Outcomes

1. Carry out independent research in the context of social work practice

2. Select and administer quantitative and/or qualitative research methods most appropriate to answer a specific research question in social work practice.

3. Gain practical skills in gathering and analysing research data.

4. Further develop competence in identifying and appropriately responding to ethical issues encountered in social work research.

5. Be able to critically review the benefits and shortfalls of published research and complete a literature review for the purpose of a new research project.

6. Develop research application, project management and time management skills

7. Develop writing, editing and drafting skills for the purpose of producing a research thesis.

8. Engaged in informed debate on social, political, ethical, technical and practical issues surrounding social work research.

Content

  • The role of research in social work practice.
  • Refining and conducting a research project.
  • Gathering quantitative and/or qualitative data.
  • Analysing quantitative and/or qualitative data.
  • Ethical and political issues in social work
  • Critical appraisal of published research.
  • Writing a literature review
  • Writing a research thesis

Requisites

This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Social Work or Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) programs.Students require a credit average for course work in previous years of study to enrol in this course.

Assumed Knowledge

For students who commenced the BSW prior to 2011: Completion of all 2nd year and 3rd year SWRK courses in the Bachelor of Social Work program at a high level of proficiency. Eligible students will have: * achieved a GPA of 5.5 or more over the program to the point where the Research Component is integrated; * achieved a Distinction grade in SWRK3005 * achieved a GPA of 5.5 at either the 3000/4000 or 4000/5000 level of the program to the point where the Research Component is integrated; and * have either been invited by or have had a written application approved by the Pro Vice-Chancellor responsible for the program. For students who commenced the BSW from 2011 onwards: Completion of all 1st and 2nd year SWRK courses in the Bachelor of Social Work program at a high level of proficiency. Eligible students will have: * achieved a GPA of 5.5 or more over the program to the point where the Research Component is integrated; * achieved a Distinction grade in SWRK3005 * achieved a GPA of 5.5 at either the 3000/4000 or 4000/5000 level of the program to the point where the Research Component is integrated; and * have either been invited by or have had a written application approved by the Pro Vice-Chancellor responsible for the program

Assessment Items

Report: Research project submission 1

Report: Research project submission 2

Presentation: Seminar Presentation

Contact Hours

Individual Supervision

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

The Supervisor will be responsible for arranging regular consultations with the student, the frequency will be agreed early in the student's candidature. 1 to 2 hours per week consultation time for full-time students when averaged over the semester.