SWK702 Advanced Human Services Research (16)

This subject covers those research epistemologies, strategies and methods of data collection most suited to the discipline of social work and its fields of practice, including planning and designing a research project. It provides an overview of contexts within which enquiry is undertaken, and introduces candidates to the role and potential of research in social work and its diverse fields of practice.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 2 (60)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: SWK702. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Restricted to students enrolled in the Doctor of Social Work.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of social work research epistemologies;
  • be able to undertake quantitative, qualitative and emancipatory research within the context of social work practice;
  • be able to analyse research data at an advanced level;
  • be able to demonstrate awareness of ethical issues relating to social work research;
  • be able to present research findings;
  • be able to assess the research findings of others; and
  • be able to use SPSS, N-Vivo, or other computer-based data analysis programs.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Human services research epistemologies
  • Social work research methodology and methods
  • Ethical issues related to social work research
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Data analysis
  • Computer programs (SPSS, N-Vivo or other computer-based programs) for data analysis
  • Presentation of research findings
  • Critical examination of human services research output


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.