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Postgraduate Course: Doing Social Work Research (SCWR11027)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course is designed to meet the requirements of the Framework for Social Work Education in Scotland, in particular the requirement to demonstrate competence in evaluating and using up-to-date knowledge of, and research into, social work practice. The course has two main purposes: first of all to enable to students to develop as research-minded practitioners; and second to enable students to prepare a research proposal for their Masters dissertation. The assessment is one formative and one summative assignment, linked to these twin goals.
The course consists of eight two hour classes. It includes lectures, case studies of social work research in action and exercises. The research introduced across the course highlights different research topics, methods and approaches to social work research. Members of academic staff contribute examples from their own research to introduce research themes and insights into the research process. This introduces students to the research being carried out in the social work subject area, thus emphasising the research led nature of social work education at the University.
Course reading has been carefully selected to direct students to some of the best studies in or relevant to social work. Students are able to widen their substantive social work research knowledge and their knowledge of research methods by consulting this reading.
Course description See above information
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements This course is only available to MSW Social Work students (PTSOWRK).
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  45
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 32, Other Study Hours 30, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 134 )
Additional Information (Learning and Teaching) Note: seems to be a repeat of row above - delete?
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) The assessment is in two parts:
Part A is formative and consists of a 500 word outline research proposal for the student┐s dissertation. Formative feedback will be provided for part A.

Part B is a 3500 word summative assignment, providing a more detailed research proposal for the student┐s dissertation, reflecting on the issues raised in the course. Students must pass the summative assignment to proceed to the dissertation.
Feedback Feedback will be provided on assignments which will enable students to develop their research for the dissertation.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand the theory and practice of research design in social work research
  2. Critically engage with and evaluate social work research and practice
  3. Understand the principles of small scale interview research design and practice
  4. Develop robust and feasible research proposals
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information 4 hour(s) per week for 4 week(s).
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr George Palattiyil
Tel: (0131 6)50 3907
Course secretaryMs Nicole Develing-Bogdan
Tel: (0131 6)51 5067
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