Social Work Practice Research

Subject 196-312 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

On campus

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 1-hour and a 2-hour seminar per week from 22 February to 3 May
Total Time Commitment: Students are expected to devote approximately 7 hours per week to this subject. (30 contact hours, 20 hours class preparation, 20 hours assessment related tasks. Total time commitment = 70 hours)
Prerequisites: 196-008 Supervised Professional Practice 1# may also be taken as a corequisite.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's courses. Students who feel their disability will impact on meeting this requirement are encouraged to discuss this matter with the Course Coordinator and the Disability Liaison Unit.


Dr Fiona McDermott
Subject Overview:

This subject contains material intended to foster students' understanding of the processes and methods of social research, and to develop their ability to use social work practice research in a thoughtful and critical manner.

Assessment: A group poster presentation totalling 2000 words per student 60% (due in week 7) and an essay of 2000 words 40% (due at the end of semester). A hurdle requirement of a minimum 80% attendance of tutorials required.
Prescribed Texts: Prescribed Texts:A subject reader will be available from the Bookroom at the beginning of semesterThe Social Work Student's Research Handbook (D Steinberg), Hayworth Social Work Practice Press 2004 The Research Tool Kit (B Friedman), Brooks/Cole 1998
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • be able to critically analyse texts and practices;

  • be able to understand social, cultural, organisational and ethical contexts of practice;

  • be able to link theory to practice in creative ways;

  • be able to communicate effectively in ways relevant to both academic and professional contexts;

  • be able to work effectively with colleagues;

  • be able to undertake independent research.


Formerly available as 196-403. Students who have completed 196-403 are not eligible to enrol in this subject. The subject dates and HECS/course fee census date for this subject change each year. Check your enrolment record for the correct census date for this subject.

The disciplines of Nursing and Social Work are now co-managed within the Faculty of Medicine Dentistry and Health Sciences. At the time of publication Social Work subjects are under the administrative management of the School of Nursing.

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