module specification

SW6P02 - Research Project (2022/23)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2022/23
Module status DELETED (This module is no longer running)
Module title Research Project
Module level Honours (06)
Credit rating for module 30
School School of Social Sciences and Professions
Total study hours 300
40 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
170 hours Guided independent study
90 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Dissertation 100%   A written 6000 word dissertation.
Running in 2022/23

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
No instances running in the year

Module summary

This module enables students to re-visits their teaching and learning on their course. It requires students to complete a substantive student led project. This is a core module for Social Work students and Youth students. Students will have scope to develop their critical analytical skills, engage with the research process and undertake a substantive exploration of a relevant subject and with a view to consolidating transferable skills for future employment.


• The role of research within social work practice, evidence-based practice, and developing ‘research mindedness’  
• Understanding research and evaluation processes  
• Evaluation of social research  
• Skills for retrieving information from electronic and other academic sources and appraising sources  
• Effective research design: constructing literature reviews  
• Practical issues of undertaking research  
• Organising data and analysis, and presentation of research findings  
• Ethical research , Anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive research approaches  
• Dealing with limitations, biases, reflection in research  
• The role of the supervisor

Learning Outcomes 1 - 4

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

Teaching is via ten workshops reflecting the indicative syllabus. Research time and group supervision; six individual supervision sessions.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module students will be able to:
1. Appraise the research process and the contribution of research and evaluation informing social work practice
2. Formulate a project proposal and design a study where the use of methodology and methods selected are identified
3. Search and appraise the academic literature, organising data and evidence
4. Produce a fluent and accurately written project for the social work practice context, applying theories, constructing organised lines of argument leading to conclusions and reflecting critically on the process of learning

Assessment strategy

Using secondary research, the assessment will enable students to independently research a topic of relevant professional interest and write a 6000 word dissertation. The topic and title will be chosen by the student and agreed by the Dissertation Supervisor and/or Module Lead.
Weighting 100%
A 6000 word dissertation of a topic relevant to the student’s professional area. Topic/Title to be identified and agreed by the student and agreed by the dissertation supervisor.



Core Text:
• Bell, J. (2010) Doing your research project: a guide for first-time researchers in education, health and social science. 5th Ed. Maidenhead : McGraw-Hill, Open University Press
Other Texts: E Books
• Aveyard, H. (2010) Doing a literature review in health and social care: a practical guide. 2nd Ed. Maidenhead : McGraw-Hill/Open University Press
• Denscombe, M. (2010) Ground rules for social research: guidelines for good practice. 2nd Ed. Maidenhead: Open University Press.
• Current Research Journal of Social Sciences
• Evaluation Review: A Journal of Applied Social Research
• Journal of International Social Research
• Social Care Institute For Excellence:
• Sociological Research Online:
• Social Research Update:

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