Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2012 (Day)
Caulfield First semester 2012 (Off-campus)
Singapore First semester 2012 (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.