SWM5170 - Applied research study - 2018

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Faculty

Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Social Work

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Margaret Alston

Coordinator(s)

Professor Christopher Trotter

Unit guides

Offered

Caulfield

Prerequisites

SWM5190 or SWM5112

Synopsis

Unit content will be developed between the student and an appointed staff supervisor. One piece of assessment will be developed and completed by the student for this unit.

The nature and content of the assessment itself will vary from student to student depending upon their area of interest, the skill area they wish to develop and, in some cases, the requirements of their work organisation.

Topics could include small research projects such as evaluations of particular health and welfare programs, pilot studies, literature reviews, or the learning and implementation of particular social work approaches or theories.

The research study or project generally takes the form of an academic project or an advanced practicum project. Where this unit is completed as part of Course no. 3969 (MSWQ), the assessment task will comprise a research dissertation.

The focus may be on any field in which social workers are employed, dependant on staff availability to supervise. Projects will typically fall within the core research areas of the Social Work Department.

Outcomes

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

  1. Work collaboratively with an academic supervisor on the development of an assessment topic and during the completion of the assessment.
  2. Integrate research knowledge with past and present professional experience.
  3. Work collaboratively with an academic supervisor on the development of an assessment topic and during the completion of the assessment.
  4. Combine advanced specialised research knowledge and skills to develop a research-based practice at clinical, program and policy levels.
  5. Articulate specialised practice and knowledge and skills in while developing the research report, evaluation report or assignment.
  6. Develop and appraise personal role as a professional social work practitioner-researcher.
  7. Develop and appraise personal role as a professional social work practitioner-researcher.
  8. Prepare a report which would be suitable for publication

Assessment

Research report, evaluation report or assignment (9,000 words) (100%)

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

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