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SCWK4008: Social Work Research Dissertation

In this unit students participate in a social work research project under the supervision of an academic staff member. Students will become familiar with the process of developing a research proposal and obtaining ethical approval for a study. Students will apply data collection processes as appropriate to the project and undertake analysis of this data. They develop the skills required to present the findings of their research project both orally and through a research dissertation. Ethical issues and critical debates in social work research will also be examined.

Code SCWK4008
Academic unit Social Work
Credit points 6
SCWK3009 and SCWK3010 and SCWK4003 and SCWK4005
SCWK4004 and SCWK4002

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

  • LO1. select, justify and apply quantitative and/or qualitative research methods most appropriate to answering a specific research question in social work practice
  • LO2. demonstrate project management and time management skills
  • LO3. further develop competence in identifying and appropriately responding to ethical issues encountered in social work research
  • LO4. develop writing, editing and drafting skills for the purpose of producing a research report
  • LO5. present and defend the findings of a research project
  • LO6. contribute to debates on social, political, ethical, technical and practical issues surrounding social work research.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.