SW0627 - Critical Research Project

What will I learn on this module?

This module builds upon your learning from modules SW0422 (Academic information skills and Critical Reflection– Year 1) and SW0518 (Critical Research Enquiry – Year 2). The module aims to help you move from being able to identify, understand and describe knowledge to being able to critically analyse, synthesise and generate knowledge. By the end of this module, you will improve your ability to inform your future practice with high quality and up-to-date evidence, and engage in effective lifelong learning. This module develops your learning in relation to critical reflection, enquiry and evidence-informed practice within the Professional Capabilities Framework.

This module focuses on the production of an evidence-informed project report on a topic relevant to social work practice within the Year 3 placement. This is with a view to enhancing your employability in settings where project planning and evaluation would be required. The report may be related to any topic of your choice that is relevant to the Year 3 placement. The scope for choice is wide to enable you to be creative and pursue topics of personal interest that you would like to learn more about.

How will I learn on this module?

Learning and teaching includes lectures, seminars, self-directed study and tutorials. The lectures will give you knowledge on research-related topics and instructions on how to carry out specific activities relevant to your summative assignment (an evidence-informed project report). The seminars include brief focused tasks for you to complete, either within the seminar session itself or during your designated self-directed study. The majority of your learning is expected to take place via independent self-directed study and the use of Northumbria University’s Study Skills Resources focusing on your summative assignment. Individual tutorials for your summative assignment will be arranged with your supervisor, outside timetabled lectures and seminar sessions. As part of the formative assessment and tutorials, you will have the opportunity to discuss/ get feedback about your project topic, the structure and content of your report from your peers and seminar tutors.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

There are opportunities for you to receive advice and support from your supervisor while planning and preparing your summative assignment. Your supervisor will discuss with you questions, offer clarifications and make suggestions for specific aspects of your summative assignment including the topic, structure, sources of information presented, recommendations, links with social work practice, etc. You will have access to your supervisors via email, phone and/or one-to-one meetings.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
• You will demonstrate a critical understanding of research methodology, including research methods and ethics, and be able to use research critically and effectively to sustain and develop practice

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• You will demonstrate a capacity for logical, systematic, critical and reflective reasoning and apply the social work theories and techniques of reflective practice.
• You will gather, rigorously question and evaluate the reliability and validity of information from different sources.
• You will know how to formulate, test, evaluate, and review hypotheses in response to information available at the time and critically appraise how this might inform judgements in practice.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
• You will apply imagination and curiosity to practice issues and recognise how research-based evidence may inform diverse practice settings.

How will I be assessed?

The summative assignment is a 6,000-word written report where you can demonstrate your ability to identify gaps, dilemmas and issues of interest in an area of social work practice that would benefit from further enquiry. The report will require from you to generate research questions or objectives, access and evaluate different sources of information (including structured interviews with practice educators) for your topic, and arrive at recommendations in response to your questions/objectives.

Your formative assessment is a presentation of your project report plan for 10 minutes to the rest of your seminar group and tutor. You will receive verbal feedback from your peers and seminar tutors, which could help your preparations for your summative assessment.

Formative and summative assessment feedback include ‘feedforward’ in preparation for assignments, and ‘feedback’ to identify aspects of your strengths and also aspects which require development.

Pre-requisite(s)

SW0417, SW0418, SW0419, SW0420, SW0421, SW0422, SW0514, SW0515, SW0516, SW0517, SW0518

Co-requisite(s)

SW0623, SW0624, SW0625, SW0626

Module abstract

This module is focused on production of an evidence-informed project report on a topic relevant to social work practice. This is with a view to enhancing your employability by developing project planning and evaluation skills that would be required in most social work and social care settings. Learning and teaching is focussed on planning for and supporting the production of the evidence-informed research report. Formative assessment and feedback are offered by peers, and seminar tutors. By the end of this module, you will improve your ability to inform you future practice with high quality and up-to-date evidence, and engage in effective lifelong learning. This module is the third and final module in the thread which scaffolds learning in relation to critical reflection, enquiry and evidence-informed practice within the Professional Capabilities framework.

Course info

UCAS Code L502

Credits 40

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time

Department Social Work, Education & Community Wellbeing

Location Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2021 or September 2022

Fee Information

Module Information

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Courses starting in 2021 are offered as a mix of online and face to face teaching due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

Students will be required to attend campus as far as restrictions allow. Contact time will increase as restrictions ease, or decrease, potentially to a full online offer, should restrictions increase.

Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.

 

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