Social Work 562 Social Work Research 3 Units




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Student Learning Outcomes


Student learning for this course relates to one or more of the following ten social work core competencies:

Social Work Core Competencies

SWK 562

Course Objective

1

Professional Identity







2

Ethical Practice

*

1

3

Critical Thinking

*

3-5

4

Diversity in Practice

*

2

5

Human Rights & Justice







6

Research Based Practice

*

3-5

7

Human Behavior







8

Policy Practice







9

Practice Contexts







10

Engage, Assess, Intervene, Evaluate







* Highlighted in this course

The following table explains the highlighted competencies for this course, the related student learning outcomes, and the method of assessment.



Competencies/ Knowledge, Values, Skills

Student Learning Outcomes

Method of Assessment

Ethical Practice―Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice.

Social workers competent in Ethical Practice:

Fulfill their obligation to conduct themselves ethically and to engage in ethical decision-making.

Are knowledgeable about the value base of the profession, its ethical standards, and relevant law.



Apply strategies of ethical reasoning to identify ethical issues that are present in research contexts and be able to discuss strategies that could be used to address ethical concerns. Standards of the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics and Belmont principles will serve as frameworks for considering ethical issues.

Exam/Quiz Questions

Literature Review

(Students’ Ethical Dilemmas)





Critical Thinking―Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments.

Social workers competent in Critical Thinking:

Are knowledgeable about the principles of logic, scientific inquiry, and reasoned discernment.

Use critical thinking augmented by creativity and curiosity.

Understand that critical thinking also requires the synthesis and communication of relevant information.


Distinguish, appraise, and integrate multiple sources of knowledge to conduct an up-to-date literature review on any social work research, practice, or policy topic, informed by research based-knowledge and practice wisdom.

Literature Review Assignments

Demonstrate effective oral and written communication by accurately and consistently utilizing foundation-level research terms in both speaking and writing.

Exam/Quiz Questions

Written Assignments

Class Participation


Identify key elements, interpret, and describe the meaning of results presented in research tables utilizing foundation-level statistical concepts.

Exam/Quiz Questions

Final Course Assessment Exam

Article Critique Assignment


Identify specific strengths and limitations in published research (e.g., journal articles, reports, and other communication forms) and describe how such issues affect interpretation of findings.

Final Course Assessment Exam

Literature Review

Article Critique Assignment





Diversity in Practice―Engage diversity and difference in practice.

Social workers competent in Diversity in Practice:

Understand how diversity characterizes and shapes the human experience and is critical to the formation of identity.

Recognize that the dimensions of diversity reflect intersectionality of multiple factors including age, class, color, culture, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity and expression, immigration status, political ideology, race, religion, sex, and sexual orientation.

Appreciate that, as a consequence of difference, a person’s life experiences may include oppression, poverty, marginalization, and alienation as well as privilege, power, and acclaim.


Utilizing an understanding of the fact that culture can shape the power structures faced by individuals and groups, articulate and promote attention to issues in the research process as they relate to diverse populations, such as racial and ethnic minorities, gays and lesbians, women, and a range of other groups.

Exam/Quiz Questions

Literature Review Assignment

Measurement Assignment





Research Based Practice―Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research.

Social workers competent in Research Based Practice:

Use practice experience to inform research, employ evidence-based interventions, evaluate their own practice, and use research findings to improve practice, policy, and social service delivery.

Comprehend quantitative and qualitative research and understand scientific and ethical approaches to building knowledge.



Articulate, orally and in writing, reasoned and relevant conclusions based on research findings that can inform practice, policy, and/or further research. This includes the ability to describe the relevance of research to the discipline of social work.

Literature Review Assignments

Article Critique Assignment



Identify and accurately describe the purpose of foundation-level research concepts and techniques utilized in published research. This includes the ability to:

a. Identify research questions and related hypotheses.

b. Identify independent and dependent variables and describe how the concepts of reliability and validity affect the measurement strategies chosen.

c. Identify and describe other foundation-level research techniques used in research such as methods for sample selection and research design options.



Exam/Quiz Questions

Article Critique Assignment



Utilize foundation-level research concepts and techniques (as in student learning outcome 8) to develop introductory level research reviews of the literature that follow a professional proposal development style. This includes the ability to discuss how theoretical or conceptual frameworks inform research choices.

Literature Review Assignments
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