SWSP5407 Research Methods in Social Work

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

AvailabilityLocationMode
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Content
This unit familiarises students with the use of research in social work practice and introduces students to the theory, knowledge, skills and methods of the research process.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) identify the role of research in social work practice; (2) describe multi-method research designs; (3) construct hypotheses or research questions; (4) evaluate sampling procedures in research methods; (5) describe the process of data analysis; (6) identify ethical issues regarding research with human participants; and (7) identify the problems and limitations of the research process.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) test and (2) written assignment. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Mubarak Rahamathulla
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Social Work course.
Contact hours
6 hours per week x 6 weeks
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