HSRV305-20S2 (C) Semester Two 2020

Quantitative Research Methods for the Human Services

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 13 July 2020
End Date: Sunday, 8 November 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 24 July 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 25 September 2020


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 understand and critique research projects in social service agencies, and in global contexts. In particular, students will explore survey research, experimental designs, within subjects designs, and evaluation research approaches as quantitative research methods. This course aims to provide a basis from which students can begin to develop a research culture within their practice. By introducing a range of quantitative research methods students will become increasingly familiar with the business of research and how it fits within a theory/practice/research framework.

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.

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

Employable, innovative and enterprising

Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

Biculturally competent and confident

Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.

Engaged with the community

Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.

Globally aware

Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


HSRV204 and any 15 points at 200 level from HSRV or
SOWK, or
any 60 points at 200 level from the Schedule V of the BA.


SOWK305; SOWK310

Timetable 2020

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 12:00 - 14:00 Jack Erskine 101 13 Jul - 23 Aug
7 Sep - 18 Oct
Tutorial B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 16:00 - 17:00 Rehua 427 Technology Workshop 13 Jul - 23 Aug
7 Sep - 18 Oct

Course Coordinator

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences Head of Department


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

New Textbook for 2020:

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

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $777.00

International fee $3,375.00

* 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

  • HSRV305-20S2 (C) Semester Two 2020