SWK3310 - Social welfare practice and research - 2017

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

Not offered in 2017


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.
  4. Demonstrate the capacity to use common data analysis techniques.


  • One critique of a published research article (750 words) (15%)
  • Identification of a social problem and review of literature and development of the research question (1,500 words) (35%)
  • Development of proposed methodology (2,250 words) (50%)

Workload requirements

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.

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Chief examiner(s)

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

Social work

Human services


Must be enrolled in Bachelor of Social Welfare or the Human Services stream of the Bachelor of Health Sciences.