SWN019 Research for Social Change
Instructions Based on your literature review you will have identified a clear gap in knowledge which addresses a matter of significance to social work. This assessment item gives you the opportunity to now design your proposed research project to address that gap. Your research design will demonstrate your capacity to undertake rigorous research utilizing appropriate methods capable of answering your research question. It will show your ability to bring together your theoretical/philosophical orientation to research along with an informed, competent use of methods, appropriate ethical sensitivity as well as the practical constraints of opportunity and resources to undertake a viable and meaningful piece of research within an appropriate timeframe. Specific Requirements Each research design should be up to 3,000 words in length (excluding references) and conform to APA referencing requirements.
Approximate word counts are provided below for each section of the research design in order to give a sense of the proportions of the work rather than a strict requirement. The total word count is however a firm requirement. Your research project should be uploaded to the blackboard site by midnight, Monday, June 7, 2021. Please note all submitted assessment items in this unit will be electronically reviewed by software that detects plagiarism Your research design should be structured as follows: Title of Project Introduction (approximately 300 words) Provide an initial and engaging sense of the problem and the project you intend to undertake. Show why your project is important from a social work perspective.
Literature Review/ Background (approximately 600 words) Utilising your literature review from the first assessment item, provide a cut-down version of this which explicitly provides a justification for the proposed research design. You have the opportunity to refine your literature review from the first assessment item drawing on feedback you received as well as your own evolving orientation to the proposed research. Research Question (approximately 100 words) State your research question with clarity and precision. This is the key driver of your research, hence whilst this is a very short section it is critical to the whole design. Related aims and objectives should also be stated here. Conceptual Framework (approximately 800 words)
Describe the social theory which underpins your research. Show why and how your use of theory relates to your proposed research. Ground your theoretical discussion within the relevant supporting literature. Your choice of theory should be congruent with your critical social work perspective, topic area, your research question, and your choice of research method. Methods (approximately 800 words) Describe in detail the methods you will use to undertake your project. Ground your account of method within the relevant supporting literature. Show your awareness of the strengths and limitations of the method you choose, clearly indicating why you have chosen your method and how you will use it. Ensure you use one of the three methods taught in this unit (Critical Discourse Analysis, Critical Reflection or Systematic Review).
Use of any other method is likely to result in failure of the unit. Ensure your description of method is adequate to guide the research process from beginning to end. Ethical Considerations (approximately 150 words) Describe any ethical considerations relevant to your research. Clearly identify potential ethical risks associated with your proposed research. Draw from the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research showing how you will manage these risks. You must ensure that your project design does not require Human Research Ethics Committee review as this will make your design no longer viable within the time constraints of this unit and the follow on unit (SWN020). Ie Your project must not require formal ethical review by a Human Research Ethics Committee. Timeline (approximately 100 words) .
Your research design should demonstrate you capacity to project manage within a timeframe. Determine the strategic accomplishments required to complete your project and plot these on a realistic timeline. This unit dovetails with SWN020 which is the unit which supports the actual ‘doing’ of the project hence your timeline should be based on the duration of a single semester. You should allow time for data collection, data analysis and the write-up of your results. The timeline needs to show that you have scoped a realistic project for the time and resources available. It is much better to scope a smaller project and complete it successfully than attempt a larger project beyond your capacity.
Dissemination of Results (approximately 100 words) Describe how you intend to disseminate your results. As part of SWN020 you will be required to complete a research report and prepare a verbal conference presentation. Ensure you refer to these in your dissemination of your results. However depending on the project you may identify other ways to disseminate your findings. Reference List (not included in word count) Include a reference list for all work cited in your research proposal.