SW7051 - Evaluating Research (2021/22)
|Module specification||Module approved to run in 2021/22|
|Module title||Evaluating Research|
|Module level||Masters (07)|
|Credit rating for module||10|
|School||School of Social Sciences and Professions|
|Total study hours||300|
|Running in 2021/22||
This module provides opportunities for students to:
• Develop students’ understanding of different approaches to research
• Enable students to evaluate different methodology and research methods
• Enable students to engage critically with research evidence and how findings relate to social work
• Facilitate students’ understanding and develop their ability to analyse the relationships between theories, research, ethics and policy and practice outcomes.
The role of research within professional practice, evidence-based practice, and developing ‘research mindedness’ LO 1-4
- Critical understanding research and evaluation processes LO 1
- Identify and critical analyse forms of research: Exploratory, explanatory, descriptive, experimental, action-research LO 1
- Skills for retrieving information from electronic and other academic sources and appraising sources LO 2
- Constructing literature reviews LO 1-4
- Practical issues of undertaking research LO 1-3
- Ethical research & exploring sensitive topics
- Anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive research approaches LO 1-4
Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity
This module will be delivered using a combination of formal lectures, seminars, class-based workshop exercises in practical research issues and social work related case studies. This will enable students to develop skills in reviewing and evaluating literature.
On successful completion of the module students will be able to:
1 Appraise critically a range of research approaches and methods and the contribution of research to inform social work practice.
2 Demonstrate the ability to identify and select an appropriate social work topic for enquiry and search for related material
3 Evaluate selected literature including relevant research studies, grey literature and policy papers related to social work.
4 Identify and appraise issues related to anti oppressive practice and ethics
The assessment strategy is designed to help students appraise evidence and apply it to their practice. The strategy aims to consolidate their knowledge of research concepts and processes and develop their confidence in testing out new skills. It will also prepare students for their dissertation, having identified a suitable topic subject to agreement with their dissertation supervisor, building on the mini literature review. A formative assessment has been included in week two where the students write a 500-word piece summarising what a literature review is and its purpose. This will help to address some of the concerns the external examiner raised about the lack of understanding of a literature review. A research proposal of 1,000 words should also be sent to the prospective dissertation supervisor in week 15 as a formative assessment in preparation for the dissertation module. The summative assessment for Evaluating Research is a mini literature review 2,000 words.
This module is a prerequisite and must be passed before progression to SW7P29 Social Work Dissertation
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