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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - SOW6430
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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2006-05-05
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Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2005-04-12
  2. Department: Social Work
  3. College: AS
  4. Budget Account Number: 126100
  5. Contact Person: Sondra J. Fogel
  6. Phone: 9747343
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: SOW
  9. Number: 6430
  10. Full Title: Evaluation of Clinical Practice in Diverse Setting
  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): Clinical Evaluation Research
  19. Course Online?: -
  20. Percentage Online:
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: Must be admitted to the graduate Masters of Social Work program. This course is restricted to majors only.
  23. Corequisites: Undergraduate degree
  24. Course Description: Course builds on foundation content of SOW 6405. Program evaluation, single subject/system design, and statistical and qualitative concepts are discussed in order to facilitate the use of empirical and evidence based interventions in social work practice.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Course Rational

    This course covers the research principles and procedures associated with the use of empirical and evidence-based practice, evaluation research and program evaluation. The emphasis of the course is to help students build advanced skill

  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 research sequence. All graduate students in the MSW program will take it at all four USF sites, which all have a graduate program in social work. 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? No.
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) Ph.D. in Social Work or a related field.
  29. Objectives: After the completion of this course, the student will have:

    1. the ability to describe selected strategies and procedures for evaluating social service programs and his/her own practice,

    2. the ability to identify research and ethical issues that affect the development of programs in addressing the needs of diverse populations,

    3. the ability to use appropriate research methodology in designing evaluation or clinical research projects,

    4. an understanding of different types of research designs (e.g., qualitative, quantitative, mixed method, single subject) that are used for evaluation and practitioner effectiveness outcome studies,

    5. an understanding of the fundamentals of measurements and tools in order to select appropriate outcome measures to apply to his/her practice,

    6. a basic understanding of quantitative and qualitative data analytic techniques, using various computer programs, such as Microsoft Excel or SPSS.

  30. Learning Outcomes: Knowledge objectives:

    • Be able to construct evaluation research designs in order to evaluate practitioner and/or program outcomes.

    Measurements: Class discussions and assignments.

    • Be aware of bias in evaluation research that may impede the inclusion of diverse client systems such as minority ethic/racial groups, gender specific, gay, lesbian, disabled, age-specific, or low economic status, and therefore the presented results as it applies to the students’ population.

    Measurements: Class discussions and in-class assignments.

    • To increase the student’s critical understanding of empirical and evidence-based research and evaluation in social work practice.

    Measurements: Class discussions and reading assignments.

    • To increase student’s knowledge of methodological problems and concerns regarding effective program or clinical evaluations in social work settings.

    Measurements: Class discussions and assignments.

    • To increase the ability of students to analyze evaluation data in order to determine effectiveness of clinical interventions and program services.

    Measurements: Class discussions and assignments.

    Skill objectives:

    • To increase the ability of students to conduct empirically based interventions by providing them with the necessary knowledge and skills in intervention/case study/single-system and evaluation research.

    Measurements: Class discussions and assignments.

    • To be able to design a logical protocol for clinical evaluation using various research methods in accordance with the system or population under investigation.

    Measurements: Class discussions and assignments.

    • To increase the student’s ability to utilize empirical studies to support professional interventions and decisions.

    Measurements: Class discussions and assignments.

    • To develop and increase student’s skills in computer data programs.

    Measurements: Class discussions and assignments.

    • To increase the student’s expertise in conducting a conducting a comprehensive literature review including current research studies related to his/her area of practice or intervention.

    Measurements: Comprehensive literature review and class discussions.

    Value objectives:

    • To emphasize the connection of social work values with research methods when evaluating individuals/groups/communities/organizations with diverse populations.

    Measurements: Class discussion and assignments.

    • To clarify values and ethical dilemmas that may interfere with research and his/her professional practice.

    Measurements: Class discussions and assignments.

    • To increase the ability of students to understand issues in evaluation and clinical interventions related to cultural diversity, gender, sensitive topics, sexual orientation and ethical concerns.

    Measurements: Class discussions and assignments.

  31. Major Topics: Week 1: Overview of practice evaluation and program evaluation:

    Week 2: Practice and program evaluation:

    Week 3: Process and summative evaluation:

    Week 4: Setting measurable goals:

    Week 5 & 6 Single-subject designs:

    Week 7: Measurement issues in clinical research model:

    Week 8: Break

    Week 9 & 10: Methodological and measurement issues in clinical and program evaluation:

    Week 11:Using standardized measures: Integrating standardized measures in practice and program evaluation:

    Week 12: Data analysis:

    Week 13: Data analysis:

    Week 14: Data analysis continued: Deciding if the client changed.

    Week 15: Writing final reports: Single subject designs and evaluation.

    Week 16: Finals/wrap up

  32. Textbooks: REQUIRED TEXTBOOK(S)

    Bloom, M., Fischer, J., & Orme, J.G. (2003). Evaluating practice: Guidelines for the accountable professional.(4th ed.). Boston: Allyn & Bacon.

    Pyrczak, F., & Bruce, R. R., (2005). Writing empirical research reports (5th ed.).

    Glendale, CA: Pyrczak Publishing.


    You will be expected to start to develop your own resource list in the area of your research proposal. You should include articles and resources that include ethical issues concerning research with your population/question under study

    Royse, D., Thyer, B ., Padgett., & Logan,

  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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