SOCWORK 718 : Applied Research in Social Services

Education and Social Work

2022 Semester One (1223) (30 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Examines the role of applied research within professional practice. An in-depth examination of research methods, traditions and techniques particularly used in analysing, evaluating and auditing social service programmes and practices. Aims to enhance and develop the knowledge and understanding of students with regard to the nature and application of a broad range of research methods, the role of theory, ethics and politics in research and in developing a research proposal.

Course Requirements

No pre-requisites or restrictions

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 5: Independence and Integrity
Graduate Profile: Master of Social Work

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Articulate knowledgeably the process to conduct research in a professional context (Capability 1)
  2. Demonstrate ability to locate, appraise and report on existing research and current literature as it informs evidence-based practice. (Capability 2)
  3. Demonstrate confidence and skill in the selection of research strategies and methods to design a research project. (Capability 3)
  4. Critically assess ethical considerations, guidelines and / or requirements of conducting research within a professional context (Capability 5)
  5. Articulate effectively a proposed project and its ethical implications in a research proposal. (Capability 4)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Assignment 1 - Proposed topic 20% Individual Coursework
Assignment 2 - Literature overview 30% Individual Coursework
Assignment 3 - Research proposal 50% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5
Assignment 1 - Proposed topic
Assignment 2 - Literature overview
Assignment 3 - Research proposal

To pass this course students must submit all assessments and achieve at least 50% for the overall course

Workload Expectations

Following University workload guidelines, a standard 30-point course represents about 300 hours of study. For this 30-point course you should expect to commit 24 hours to online lectures plus another 6 hours of optional attendance at drop in sessions. You can also reasonably expect to commit approximately 200 hours to independent learning. This may include reading, participation in online discussion forums,  reflecting on learning, accessing learning and study resources, undertaking practical tasks and assignment preparation.

Delivery Mode


The workshops for SOCWORK 718 will all be fully online from 9:00-12:30 on the following dates in 2022:

Thursday 10 and Friday 11 March

Thursday 24 March

Monday 2 and Tuesday 3 May

Thursday 19 and Friday 20 May

Attendance is expected at scheduled online activities to complete components of the course.

The course will include live online events including group discussions and lectures and these will not always be recorded.
Attendance on campus is not required, but may be optionally offered in addition to online activities.
Limited study material will be available at course commencement and additional material will be released progressively throughout the course.
This course runs to the University semester timetable and all the associated completion dates and deadlines will apply.

Learning Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

Student Feedback

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.

Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.

Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.