Undergraduate Course: Social Work Dissertation Preparation Course (SCWR10037)
|School||School of Social and Political Science
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This course is designed to enable students to prepare thoroughly for researching, writing and submitting a dissertation in Social Work. Students will receive guidance on identifying a suitable area for research, constructing a research proposal and preparing an annotated bibliography / literature review.
This course begins in Year 3 and is completed in year 4 with the submission of students' Dissertations. As such it is a non-assessed course of preparation that introduces students to the Dissertation e.g. its scope, literature searching. There are two tasks in year 3 and these are the crafting of a topic and proposal (Semester 2) and an annotated bibliography of four papers related to their proposal. The latter, the bibliography, will be written over the summer between year 3 and year 4 and submitted on the day of return to studies in their final year.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
||Please contact the School directly for a breakdown of Learning and Teaching Activities
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||This course is non-credit bearing
||This course is non-credit bearing. However, there are two formative feedback sessions - in classes 2 and 3 students will have the opportunity to get feedback on their research proposals.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Define and provide a clear rationale for the topic and methodological approach chosen
- Engage critically with relevant sources (through library and internet research) to complete a literature review
- Present a coherent, independent and analytical evaluation of their findings
- Identify and demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the implications of these findings for social work policy and practice.
|Kiteley, R. and Stogdon, C. (2014) Literature Reviews in Social Work. London; Sage|
Walliman, N. (2014) Your Undergraduate Degree: The Essential Guide for Success. London: Sage.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Georgia Cole
|Course secretary||Miss Katarzyna Pietrzak
Tel: (0131 6)51 3162