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SCWK3009: Social Work Preliminary Honours

Semester 2, 2022 [Normal day] - Remote

This unit assists students undertaking the Honours program in Social Work to further develop understanding of the role that research plays in social work practice and to develop knowledge, understanding and skills to both use and undertake research. The aim of the unit is to prepare students to undertake supervised research on an existing research project. The unit is offered during the 3rd year of the BSW degree program, concurrently with the first field education placement. Entry into the program is competitive, and the Honours stream is demanding. In effect, students are reading and learning in two, interwoven streams, as they participate in classes where a range of issues in research method are discussed, while also reading and discussing materials related to their supervised research project. A significant commitment of time to reading and writing is expected.

Unit details and rules

Unit code SCWK3009
Academic unit Social Work
Credit points 6
Prohibitions
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None
Prerequisites
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SCWK3006 and SCWK3007 and SCWK3008
Corequisites
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SCWK3010
Assumed knowledge
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None

Available to study abroad and exchange students

Yes

Teaching staff

Coordinator Ruth Phillips, ruth.phillips@sydney.edu.au
Type Description Weight Due Length
Presentation Presentation
n/a
30% Ongoing 1350wd equiv.
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Assignment Critical literature review
n/a
40% Week 13
Due date: 06 Nov 2022 at 23:59
1800wd
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Assignment Qualitative research report
n/a
30% Week 13
Due date: 06 Nov 2022 at 23:59
1800wd
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5

Assessment summary

  • Field placement research task: This assignment requires students to undertake a small scale research project for their placement organisation.
  • Participation in collaboration and discussion: Students are required to participate in on-line collaboration and discussion throughout the semester.
  • Critical literature review: Each student will submit a literature review that critically evaluates existing peer-reviewed research in the area of their Honours research project.
Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a High distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a Distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range

Description

High distinction

85 - 100

 

Distinction

75 - 84

 

Credit

65 - 74

 

Pass

50 - 64

 

Fail

0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

 

For more information see sydney.edu.au/students/guide-to-grades.

For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Session 1 Broad theory -epistemology, ontology Lecture and tutorial (2 hr) LO4 LO5
Week 02 Session 2. Social Research Design – selection of projects Lecture and tutorial (2 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 03 Session 3 Theoretical Frameworks – Feminist/ Postcolonial Lecture and tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5
Week 04 Session 4 Writing a literature review Lecture and tutorial (2 hr) LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 05 Session 5 Human Ethics – purpose and processes Lecture and tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5
Week 06 Session 6 Qualitative Research - doing interviews Lecture and tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 07 Session 7 NVivo – analysing qualitative research Lecture and tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 08 Seminar 8. Arts-based and co-design research Lecture and tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 10 Session 10. Challenging research – interview perpetrators of DFV & Social Policy Research Lecture and tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 11 Session 11 Applying Indigenous Knowledges in SW Research Lecture and tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 12 Session 12 Youth & diversity in SW research Lecture and tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5

Attendance and class requirements

Attendance: The Sydney School of Education and Social Work requires attendance of at least 90 percent of all seminars, workshops or lectures. Where a student is unable to attend at the required rate evidence of illness or misadventure may be required and the student may be required to undertake extra work. Students should discuss the circumstances of their absence(s) with the co-ordinator of the unit of study. Further details are provided in the School canvas site: https://canvas.sydney.edu.au/courses/13426

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

All readings for this unit can be accessed on the Reading List link available on Canvas.

  • Required textbook: D'Cruz, H. and Jones, M. (2014) Social Work Research in Practice. London: Sage.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate knowledge of a range quantitative and qualitative research methods and their use in social work and social policy research
  • LO2. demonstrate emerging applied skills in both quantitative and qualitative research methods, including the application of theoretical ideas in research
  • LO3. consolidate competence in identifying and appropriately responding to ethical issues encountered in social work research
  • LO4. access, synthesise and critically evaluate published research; analysing the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches to research
  • LO5. demonstrate a capacity to critically engage as a consumer and producer of empirically-based knowledge.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
GQ1 GQ2 GQ3 GQ4 GQ5 GQ6 GQ7 GQ8 GQ9

This section outlines changes made to this unit following staff and student reviews.

No changes have been made in response to student feedback since this unit was last offered

Site visit guidelines

If you are undertaking professional experience/field education placement as part of your enrolment in this unit of study, please assess your specific needs and requirements for the safe and successful completion of an external placement within a host organisation. You will be given the opportunity to disclose any health issues that have a work health and safety significance before arranging a placement so that your safety, and the safety of others, can be properly assessed. The Professional Experience Coordinator/Field Education Manager will work to ensure that the workplace assignment to you is appropriate for your needs and requirements. If you are experiencing disability, and require reasonable adjustments to be arranged, please contact Disability Services as early as possible prior to commencing the internship. Please note, in all cases, and for the purpose of organising reasonable adjustments, only the impact and not the nature, of your disability will be disclosed to the host organisation.

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