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The course provides an introduction to quantitative research activities in a variety of contexts and provides students with a comparative framework for understanding and evaluating quantitative research methods and outcomes. The course is designed to provide students with the skills necessary to undertake research projects in social service agencies, and in global contexts. In particular, students will explore survey research, experimental designs, single case designs, and evaluation research approaches as quantitative research methods.
Learning Objectives:• To facilitate a beginning level of competence in understanding and critiquing quantitative methods and analysis in social science research. • To provide an understanding of key contributions to knowledge made by quantitative research. • To introduce students to a quantitative methodological framework and research methods and promote an action-based process of learning. • To critically engage with current research trends and their application in human service settings.
At the end of the course students should be able to: a. Confidently identify a range of quantitative research methods b. Use basic research skills to interpret and discuss basic research findings c. Understand theoretical frameworks driving the research enterprised. Be critical-minded in their understanding and review of quantitative and mixed-methods social science research.e. Identify skills they have developed as emerging social science researchers.
Any 30 points of Human Services at 200 level including HSRV204. Students without this prerequisite but with at least 60 points at 200 level or above in appropriate courses may enter the course with the permission of the Programme Coordinator.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Thyer, Bruce A. (2010) Handbook of Social Work Research Methods, 2nd edition, Editor, Bruce Thyer, Sage Publishing Ltd., Thousand Oaks:CA
Assignment Sheet Cover
Cover Sheet for Late Submission or Waiver of Penalty
Academic Integrity Guidance for Staff and Students
Referencing for Social Work & Humans Services
Using EndNote for referencing
Writing guides for Social Work & Human Services
Domestic fee $761.00
International fee $3,188.00
* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.
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Language, Social and Political Sciences.