This unit of study provides honours students with the opportunity to develop research practice expertise and specialist knowledge in a particular area of their undergraduate studies, thus enabling them to develop a capacity to reflect on their practice. The content of this unit includes advanced research methodology; design of an appropriate honours research project; preparation of an ethics application; and development of a detailed research proposal.

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ASW3901 - Social Research 2

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Select the components required to undertake a research project;  
  2. Evaluate ethical issues and ethical guidelines for conducting social work research;  
  3. Demonstrate beginning skills for analysing data of either a qualitative or quantitative nature; and  
  4. Assemble a research proposal that will constitute a first draft of the first three chapters of the honours thesis.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Literature Review Research topic identified by the student relevant to Social work and review relevant literature (1,500 words approx.) 40%
Presentation Class Presentation of the research proposal (20 minutes) 20%
Thesis Research proposal comprising the first three chapters of the Honours thesis (6,000 words approx.) 40%

Required reading

Qualitative Research Methods 4th ed.
Liamputtong, P., (2013)
Oxford University Press, South Melbourne

Recommended Reading: Maxwell, J., (2013) Qualitative research design, 3rd ed, Sage, Thousand Oaks, CA.

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