Students have the opportunity to develop research practice skills and to integrate theory and practice in a research setting, which may also be the place of their second practicum. Students move beyond the assessment stages of social work practice to specifically implementing a research methodology and engaging in critical analysis of the results and outcomes for the social work discipline. By the end of the subject students will have produced a 10,000 word dissertation.
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Only available to students in Bachelor of Social Work Honours and Combined Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Social Work Honours by invitation.
HCS204 and HCS200 and HCS202 and HCS303
(Dependent upon the research proposal) - Initiating social research - formulating a research topic - exploratory studies - operational definitions (operationalisation) - formulation of hypotheses - reference to both quantitative and qualitative research. - Research design - sampling procedures in qualitative and quantitative research - types of sampling - sample size - Methods of data collection in quantitative and quantitative research - surveys, indirect methods, observation - unobtrusive methods - experiments and sociometry - field research, case studies and group discussion - administrative considerations - working with computers - Pretests and pilot studies - collection of data - quantitative and qualitative procedures - administrative and methodological considerations - Data analysis - quantitative and qualitative procedures - Data presentation - report writing - Thesis preparation and presentation
The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2019. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.