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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 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 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.
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.
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 orSOWK, orany 60 points at 200 level from the Schedule V of the BA.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
For further information see
Language, Social and Political Sciences Head of Department
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.
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.