SWK4003 - Social work honours dissertation - 2017

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Social Work


Dr Catherine Flynn

Unit guides




This unit is the preparation for submission of the honours thesis of 10,000 words (minimum length). The dissertation is the final version of the research project undertaken by the student during the honours programme. The research project involves addressing a meaningful research question and selecting an appropriate method that draws on quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis to gather the findings that complete the research project. The honours thesis is examined by a member of the academic staff (not the supervisor) and a second examiner within the Department of Social Work.


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

  1. Demonstrate sustained collaboration with an academic supervisor.
  2. Demonstrate the development, implementation and documentation of a focused research project.
  3. Demonstrate well-developed academic writing skills.
  4. Prepare and submit the report of the research outcomes in a 10,000 - 12,000 word thesis.
  5. Disseminate research findings.


Presentation of the honours dissertation (10,000 - 12,000 words) (100%)

Chief examiner(s)

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

Social work

Human services

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