Available in 2021
Course code

SWRK4500

Units

10 units

Level

4000 level

Course handbook

Description

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.


Availability2021 Course Timetables

Callaghan

  • Semester 2 - 2021

Ourimbah

  • Semester 2 - 2021

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Understand the role of research in social work practice

2. Be able to critically review the published research.

3. Develop knowledge in 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.
  • Conducting a research project.
  • Ethical and political issues in social work.
  • Critical appraisal of published research.
  • Gathering research data.
  • Analysing research data.
  • Writing a research report.

Review of Progress

This course is a compulsory program requirement for students in the following program(s):

In addition to meeting the University's overall requirements for academic progression, students enrolled in these program(s) must satisfactorily complete this course in order to progress in their program.


Requisites

To enrol in this course students must be active in the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) (12317), and have successfully completed or be concurrently enrolled in SWRK3002.

To enrol in this course students must be active in the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) (12317), and have successfully completed or be concurrently enrolled in SWRK3002.


Assumed knowledge

Completion of all 2nd year and semester 1 3rd year SWRK courses in the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) program.


Assessment items

Written Assignment: Literature Review (40%)

Presentation: Journal Club Oral Presentation (10%)

Report: Research Report (50%)


Contact hours

Callaghan

Lecture

Online 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

Ourimbah

Lecture

Online 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

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