Social Work Practice Research

Subject SCWK30004 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

Semester 1, Parkville - 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

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 1-hour and a 2-hour seminar for 10 weeks from 4 February.
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


May also be taken as a corequisite.

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
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 think their disability will impact on meeting this requirement are encouraged to discuss this matter with the Course Coordinator and the Disability Liaison Unit.


Social Work
Melbourne School of Health Sciences
The University of Melbourne
Level 5, 234 Queensberry St
Carlton Victoria 3010 AUSTRALIA
T: +61 3 8344 9400
F: +61 3 9347 4375

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.

Objectives: To be advised
  1. A group poster presentation totalling 2000 words per student (60%) - due in week 7
  2. An essay of 2000 words (40%) - due at the end of semester
  3. 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 semester

  • The 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:

On completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • critically analyse texts and practices;
  • understand social, cultural, organisational and ethical contexts of practice;
  • link theory to practice in creative ways;
  • communicate effectively in ways relevant to both academic and professional contexts;
  • work effectively with colleagues;
  • undertake independent research.
Links to further information:

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.

(This subject is being taught out, it is only available to BSW students).

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