Social Work Research

Course code SWRK4500Units 10Level 4000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

This is the initial research course in the BSW (Hons). It provides advanced level research skills required for practice and progression to the 4th year Honours Project (SWRK4009). Students will develop a sophisticated understanding of the role that research plays in social work practice and competence in planning a practice-based research study that would inform social work intervention. Students will attain advanced knowledge and skills in qualitative and quantitative methods that may be used in practice-based social research. Ethical issues and critical debates in social work research will also be examined.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesThe purpose of this course is to equip social work students with the skills and knowledge required to conduct practice-based research in the social work context. It is the foundational research course for the BSW(Hons). Students will:
1. Understand the role of research in social work practice
2. Be able to critically review the published research.
3. Develop knowledge in quantitative and qualitative research methods and an understanding of when particular methods are most appropriate to answer different types of research questions encountered in social work practice.
4. Gain practical skills in gathering and analysing research data.
5. Develop competence in identifying and appropriately responding to ethical and cultural issues encountered in social work research.
6. Engaged in informed debate on social, political, ethical, technical and practical issues surrounding social work research, particularly in relation to diverse cultural groups.
7. Understand and critique the use of evidence based practice in social work.
Content* The role of research in social work practice.
* Designing a research project.
* Ethical and political issues in social work
* Critical appraisal of published research.
* Gathering quantitative and qualitative data.
* Analysing quantitative and qualitative data.
* Writing a research report
Replacing Course(s)SWRK3005
TransitionStudents who have successfully completed SWRK3005 cannot enrol in SWRK4500.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeCompletion of all 2nd year and semester 1 3rd year SWRK courses in the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) program.
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsField Study
Computer Lab
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments25% = 2000 words
50% = 3000 words
Presentations - Group25%
WorkshopGroup Workshops
There are two ungraded assessment tasks in this course (satisfactory/unsatisfactory). Students must successfully complete these assessment tasks to pass the course.
These tasks are undertaken in class time and consist of a skills based workshop.
Contact HoursWorkshop: for 3 hour(s) per Week for 9 weeks
Field Study: for 3 hour(s) per Week for 2 weeks
Computer Lab: for 3 hour(s) per Week for 2 weeks
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) program.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for SWRK4500