HSRV305-19S2 (C) Semester Two 2019

Quantitative Research Methods for the Human Services

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 15 July 2019
End Date: Sunday, 10 November 2019
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 26 July 2019
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 27 September 2019


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
• 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

Learning Outcomes

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 enterprise
d.  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.


SOWK305; SOWK310

Timetable 2019

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 13:00 - 15:00 Jack Erskine 111 15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 16:00 - 17:00 John Britten 117 HP Seminar Room 22 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct

Course Coordinator

Gretchen Perry


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Critique of media representations of quantitative research 23 Aug 2019 30%
Assignment 2 20 Sep 2019 25% Part A: Outline and annotated bibliography
Part B: Review of methodological quality in quantitative research 18 Oct 2019 45%

Textbooks / Resources

Thyer, Bruce A. (2010) Handbook of Social Work Research Methods, 2nd edition, Editor, Bruce Thyer, Sage Publishing Ltd., Thousand Oaks:CA

Indicative Fees

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.

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences.

All HSRV305 Occurrences

  • HSRV305-19S2 (C) Semester Two 2019