SWM5190 - Social work research - 2019

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Social Work

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Rosemary Sheehan


Professor Rosemary Sheehan

Unit guides




Must be enrolled in a Postgraduate Degree


Topics include the purpose of research and its place in social work; research ethics including intellectual property issues; research designs including qualitative, quantitative, exploratory and experimental methods; developing research questions and hypotheses; sampling and data analysis including statistical analysis and writing research reports.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should have developed an understanding of:

  1. ethical issues relating to research with humans;
  2. issues relating to the place and role of different types of research in Social Work;
  3. the principles underlying qualitative and quantitative research;
  4. research design, research questions and data collection methods;
  5. a range of statistical techniques and when it is appropriate to use them.

    Students are also required to demonstrate their ability to develop a research proposal.


One or two assignments totalling 9,000 words including a research proposal (100%)

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

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