Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitDepartment of Social Work
OfferedNot offered in 2013
Coordinator(s)Dr Kerry Brydon


The unit will equip students with basic research techniques, emphasizing how the various quantitative and qualitative methods may be synthesized within one research project and the ways in which data may be analyzed.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Describe the place of research in social welfare practice and in the development of knowledge for social welfare practice;
  2. Discuss the most commonly used techniques in social welfare research and the skills needed to implement them;
  3. Critically evaluate existing research literature: and
  4. Demonstrate the capacity to use common data analysis techniques.


One critique of a published research article, 750 words worth 15% of the unit mark.
Identification of a social problem and review of literature and development of the research question. 1500 words worth 35% of the unit mark.
Development of proposed methodology, 2,250 words worth 50% of the unit mark.

Contact hours

Students will attend up to three hours of direct teaching classes per week and are expected to complete nine hours of independent study each week.


Available to Bachelor of Social Welfare students only