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SWM5190 - Social work research

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Professor C Goddard


Caulfield First semester 2007 (Day)
Caulfield First semester 2007 (Off-campus)


Topics include the purpose of research and its place in social work; research ethics including intellectual property issues; research designs including qualitative, quantitative, exploratory and experimental methods; developing research questions and hypotheses; sampling and data analysis including statistical analysis and writing research reports.


Upon successful completion of this unit, candidates should have developed an understanding of:

  1. ethical issues relating to research with humans;
  2. issues relating to the place and role of different types of research in Social Work;
  3. the principles underlying qualitative and quantitative research;
  4. research design, research questions and data collection methods;
  5. a range of statistical techniques and when it is appropriate to use them.
Students are also required to demonstrate their ability to develop a research proposal.


One or two assignments totalling 9000 words including a research proposal: 100%