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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - SOW7406
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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2006-05-05
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  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2005-08-09
  2. Department: Social Work
  3. College: AS
  4. Budget Account Number: 126100
  5. Contact Person: William S. Rowe
  6. Phone: 8139742706
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: SOW
  9. Number: 7406
  10. Full Title: Foundations of Social Work Research Methods
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: Y
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Social Work research methods
  19. Course Online?: -
  20. Percentage Online:
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: Must be admitted to the graduate Ph.D. social work program. This course is restricted to majors only.
  23. Corequisites: MSW
  24. Course Description: This is a doctoral level course designed to prepare students on the role of research in the profession. This course will focus primarily on understanding and applying basic research methods within a social work context.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Second Foundation course for Ph.D. program in Social Work.
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? This course will be part of the required program courses. All graduate students in the Ph.D. program will take it. It will not be offered to others outside of the School of Social Work.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? yes, once.
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) To teach this course, the instructor must have at a minimum a Ph.D.
  29. Objectives: Upon completion of the course, students should be able to:

    Knowledge Objectives:

    Articulate the different philosophies concerning the development of empirical social work knowledge.

    Articulate the historical, ethical, and political issues in social work research and the need for and place of quantitative/qualitative research in social work knowledge building.

    Articulate the relationship between deductive and inductive approaches to linking theory and research in scientific inquiry.

    Critically discuss the theoretical and methodological strengths and limitations in various research designs.

    Articulate assumptions that tend to bias research on diverse and vulnerable populations.

    Recognize and articulate threats to internal validity as they relate to research design.

    Skill Objectives:

    Identify and critically review relevant literature in order to establish the theoretical or conceptual basis of the research question and hypothesis proposed and to support the need and rationale for the proposed study.

    Assess the strengths and limitationof s various research designs and select an appropriate and feasible design to test the hypothesis or examine the selected research question.

    Assess the strengths and limitations for drawing an appropriate and feasible sample to test hypothesis or examine the selected research question including attention to the protection to human subjects.

    Explore the challenges in conceptualizing and operationalizing variables and select appropriate definitions and valid and reliable measures.

    Value Objectives:

    Identify ethical issues in conducting and reporting research with an emphasis on implications for vulnerable populations

  30. Learning Outcomes: Class sessions will be conducted in a seminar format. The primary role of the instructor will be to facilitate peer-led discussions of assigned readings and experiential activities. This structure encourages increased student participation relevant to the sharing of critical ideas and perspectives, within a supportive classroom environment. Student presentations will comprise an important component of each class meeting.
  31. Major Topics: Perspectives on Critical Thinking in Social Work Research, Science, Society and Social Research,

    Process and Problems of Social Research,

    Theories and Philosophies for Social Research,

    Conceptualization and Measurement,


    Causation and Research Design,


    Survey Research,

    Qualitative Methods,

    Evaluation Research,

    Historical and Comparative Research.

  32. Textbooks: REQUIRED TEXTBOOK(S)

    Schutt, R.K. (2004). Investigating the social world: The process and practice of

    research (4th edition). Thousand Oaks, CA: Pine Forge Press.


    Patten, M. (2002). Proposing empirical research: A guide to the fundamentals (2nd

    edition). Pyrczak Publishing.

    American Psychological Association. (2001). Publication manual of the American

    Psychological Association (5th edition). Washington, DC: Author.

  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases:
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy:
  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests:
  36. Attendance Policy:
  37. Policy on Make-up Work:
  38. Program This Course Supports:
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