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WS3513 - Research Proposal Seminar

Credit points: 3
Year: 2021
Student Contribution Band: Band 4
Administered by: College of Arts, Society & Education

The subject will provide a practical guide for students who wish to develop their social work research methods skills. The emphasis will be on research methods and processes. Students will design a research project and project proposal including a thorough review of literature. Students will learn how to develop a strong rationale and argument for the importance for their project. Research is an essential practice skill in social work and this subject provides students with real world skills for field research. Additionally, those students applying for the BSW Honours degree will have a proposal ready for their application to Honours at completion of this subject.

Learning Outcomes

  • know how to develop a literature review;
  • plan and develop a research proposal;
  • understand the research process;
  • articulate and explain proposed research.

Subject Assessment

  • Oral > Presentation 1 - (40%) - Individual
  • Written > Proposal - (60%) - Individual.
Prerequisites: SS1103, SY2005, SY2012 or WS2007


Study Period 2, External
Census Date 26-Aug-2021
Coordinator: Dr Ann Carrington
Lecturers: Dr Ann Carrington, Assoc. Professor Abraham Francis.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 13 hours - Online Activities
  • 13 hours online content
  • assessment and self-directed study

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.