SWSP5407 Research Methods

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
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.
Students are able to (1) identify the role of research in social work practice; (2) research design and methods - quantitative and qualitative designs; (3) construct hypotheses or research questions; (4) compare and contrast sampling procedures in research methods; (5) analyse and interpret 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.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) test and (2) test. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Mark Sachmann
Contact hours
3 hours per week
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