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HSM5302 - Human Services Research Practicum

24 points, SCA Band 1, 0.500 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: TBA


Gippsland Second semester 2007 (Off-campus)


This unit provides students with an opportunity to conduct substantial research related to human services management and practice. Under academic supervision, the project involves negotiated outcomes between the student, the university and any particular human service organization involved. Students are expected to have thought through issues related to their proposed methodology project in completing the prerequisite unit, HSM4305 or HSM5305, especially ethics approval requirements for research involving humans. The aim is to produce a high quality, theoretically informed, practice focussed, and reflective report relevant to management in the human services.


On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to demonstrate: skills and knowledge in initiating and conducting independent research under supervision; an appreciation of, and commitment to ethical research; advanced critical thinking, analytical and problem-solving skills; advanced written skills through the presentation of a 18,000 word research report; skills and knowledge in reviewing a specific body of research in the field of human services and command of that literature; skills and knowledge in critically examining a key issue, or issues in human services management and practice; conduct a cumulative argument across an 18,000 word dissertation, and to develop, defend and sustain a theoretical position.


Dissertation (18000 words): 100%

Off Campus Attendance Requirements

Students will engage in supervision weekly. This may be conducted electronically on-line, via the telephone, video conferencing, or face-to-face, depending on the location of the student.


HSM4305 or HSM5305