Researching Social Work Practice 2

Subject SCWK90058 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2014.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 hours - Semester 1: 8 x 1 hour lectures plus 8 1 hour tutorials, Semester 2: 4 x 2 hour tutorials
Total Time Commitment:

96 hours

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

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Social Work

Melbourne School of Health Sciences

The University of Melbourne

Alan Gilbert Building, Level 7, 161 Barry St

Carlton Victoria 3010 Australia

Phone: +61 3 8344 4171

Fax: +61 3 8344 4188



Subject Overview:

This subject builds on the theoretical and skill base of SCWK50001 Researching Social Work Practice, with students learning to apply the research method of a scoping review. Students will be encouraged to select a field of social work practice of interest, and to explore, organise and develop an overview of the existing published evidence base. This subject will introduce students to each phase of the research method, including establishing a research question, identifying relevant studies, selecting appropriate studies and collating summarizing and reporting the results of the review of literature. The subject concludes with a focus on preparing research findings for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject, students will be able to demonstrate:

  • An understanding of the value of evidence based and evidence informed practice in social work; An understanding of the purpose, strengths and limitations of a scoping review
  • An ability to critically evaluate existing social work qualitative or quantitative research evidence;
  • An ability to conduct a scoping review of social work research evidence from either a qualitative or quantitative perspective;
  • An ability to prepare and write a journal article.

1000 word written essay (proposal) (due end of semester 1) 20%

4000 word essay (article format) (due end of semester 2) 80%

Prescribed Texts:

Prescribed readings will be available on the LMS.

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 will be able to:

  • critically analyse texts and practices;
  • understand recent developments in social work contexts of practice;
  • link theory to practice;
  • competently communicate in ways relevant to both academic and practice contexts;
  • undertake independent research.
Related Course(s): Master of Social Work

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