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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2011 (Day)
Caulfield First semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Singapore First semester 2011 (Flexible)
Coordinator(s)Catherine Flynn


This unit covers the place of research in social work and in the development of social work knowledge; the process and utilisation of social work research, the most commonly used social work research techniques and skills, emphasising how the various quantitative and qualitative methods may be synthesised within the one research project, and quantitative and qualitative data analysis.


After studying this unit students should be able to articulate the place of research in social work; understand and articulate the most commonly used research techniques in social work and the skills required to implement them; demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate existing research literature and understand and demonstrate the capacity to use common data analysis techniques.


Three assessment tasks:
Assessment task 1: 750 words (15%) - Critique of a published research article

Assessment task 2: 1500 words (35%) - Identification of social problem, review of literature and development of a research question

Assessment task 3: 2250 (50%) - Proposed methodology

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Catherine Flynn

Contact hours

3 hours per week


Completion of 48 points at first-year level. Social Work units are available only within the context of the Bachelor of Social work degree, or with permission.