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SWK4001 - Honours research methods

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Associate Professor Chris Trotter


Caulfield First semester 2007 (Day)
Caulfield First semester 2007 (Off-campus)
Caulfield Full year 2007 (Day)
Caulfield Full year 2007 (Off-campus)
Singapore First semester 2007 (Flexible)
Singapore Full year 2007 (Flexible)


The honours research methods unit introduces students to the theoretical methodological and ethical issues that underpin social work research. It provides direction and guidance to honours students in identifying a meaningful research question and develops the skills and knowledge students need to develop a research proposal. It re-introduces students to quantitative and qualitative research frameworks and data analysis techniques they need to both undertake their study and write a research report.


The key objectives of the honours research methods are to:

  1. give students a good understanding of the research process;
  2. explain the formulation of research questions;
  3. introduce the range of quantitative and qualitative research frameworks utilised in social research;
  4. link research paradigms or methods to research questions;
  5. introduce students to data analysis methods associated with the various research frameworks;
  6. introduce the skills needed to undertake a research project and write a research report;
  7. develop a completed relevant ethics application; and
  8. give students confidence to undertake further research in other contexts.


Completion of the research proposal and preparation of ethics application (4,500 words): 100%

Off Campus Attendance Requirements

OCDL students are required to attend at least one on campus workshop.