SyllabusPrint Student Support and Calendar InformationSo you have all key information available to you off-line, it is highly recommended that you print the following items for your reference:•This Syllabus, including the Course Schedule that is linked on this page as a PDF•Course Calendar•Student SupportPhoto Credit: [Plume Creative]/[DigitalVision]/Getty ImagesCredit Hours•5 credit hoursWalden University assigns credit hours based on the number and type of assignments that enable students to achieve the course learning objectives. In general, each semester credit equals about 42 hours of total student work and each quarter credit equals about 28 hours of total student work. This time requirement represents an approximate average for undergraduate work and the minimum expectations for graduate work. The number and kind of activities estimated to fulfill time requirements will vary by degree level and student learning style, and by student familiarity with the delivery method and course content.Course DescriptionThis foundation course is designed to develop students' understanding of the importance of research to social work practice. Students are introduced to basic principles of scientific method and to various
research methods within in the quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods research. This course is designed to introduce students to ethical standards as they relate to research, particularly as it relates to social work. Students explore research that addresses diverse populations. This basic course is the first oftwo courses designed to prepare students as scholar-practitioners who use research to inform their ethical social work practice.Course PrerequisitesSOCW 6002: Changing Lives, Changing Society: Introduction to Social WorkCourse OutcomesAt the end of this course, graduates will be able to:1.Demonstrate an understanding of the scientific process and the parallel between the general social work process and the steps in conduct of research.2.Demonstrate an understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methods to the development and testing of social work theory and knowledge related to individuals, groups, organizations, and communities.3.Identify characteristics of researchable questions and testable hypotheses. Be able to locate, understand, and integrate research studies into a literature review that identifies existing knowledge andknowledge gaps related to social work interventions that advance social well-being of individuals, communities, and society.4.Demonstrate an understanding of social work values and ethics related to the protection of human rights and social and economic justice in the process of research.5.Develop the skills to identify and critically analyze published research related to social work knowledgedevelopment and evidence-based practices.