Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Social Work


Dr Catherine Flynn



  • First semester 2016 (Day)
  • First semester 2016 (Off-campus)


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.


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

  1. Identify a research topic that addresses a significant social work issue.
  2. Utilise acquired knowledge of the research process to develop an honours project proposal.
  3. Critically review literature in their research area.
  4. Formulate a researchable question.
  5. Review research frameworks to inform methodological choices.
  6. Present an informed discussion of the ethical issues involved in their research project, including the completion of an ethics application as appropriate.


Completion of the research proposal - literature review and methodology (4,500 words) and submission of relevant ethics application (100%)

Chief examiner(s)

Off-campus attendance requirements

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

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


3rd year Social Work units (SWK3180, SWK3220, SWK3230, SWK3400, SWK3410, SWK3440).


Must be enrolled in BSW(Hons), BA/BSW(Hons) or BHSc/BSW(Hons).

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