ScWk_242_Syllabus_Section_4

ScWk_242_Syllabus_Section_4 - SAN JOS STATE UNIVERSITY...

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Page 1 of 16 SAN JOSÉ STATE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK ScWk 242 – RESEARCH METHODS, DATA ANALYSIS, AND EVALUATION Course Code: 21623; Section 4 Spring 2008 Edward Cohen, Ph.D. Class Meeting Time: Friday 9:00-11:45 Classroom Location: SH 242 Course web page: http://www.sjsu. edu /faculty_and_staff/course _detail.jsp?id=3407 Office Location: WSQ 217D Office Hours: Thur noon-2pm; Fri noon-1pm Phone: (408) 924-5824 Email: ecohen@casa.sjsu.edu Catalog Description Basic concepts and models for research methodology applied to the analysis of data in social work. Emphasis on quantitative analysis, using statistics software. Qualitative research is also incorporated. (3 units. Prerequisite: ScWk 240.) Course Description ScWk 242 is the second course in the graduate research sequence. It provides students with the opportunity to apply concepts and skills for conducting research that were introduced last semester, and it continues preparing them to build knowledge in the profession of social work, using both qualitative and quantitative methods. The course builds on the first semester by engaging students in the selection and implementation of appropriate methodology and statistical tools for the analysis of data. These concepts and skills are applied to the further development of a research proposal, for which students laid the conceptual foundations in the ScWk 240 course. Students also apply these concepts and skills to the critical assessment of social work research on Latinos, African Americans, Asian Americans, and other diverse and oppressed populations. ScWk 242 concludes the first-year core research curriculum, which provides the conceptual knowledge and skills for the Master of Social Work Special Project (ScWk 298). ScWk 242 presupposes a foundational knowledge of basic research design concepts, including qualitative research, sampling methodology, models for group comparisons, single-system methodology, as well as basic computer literacy (especially of graphical user interfaces). Prerequisite: ScWk 240 or equivalent. Learning Objectives At the conclusion of this course, students will be expected to: 1. Critically review empirical evidence and understand strategies for investigating social work issues and problems, particularly as they impact disenfranchised, oppressed, or marginalized populations. Program Objectives: M 4.1 (Critical thinking /Information Literacy) and M 1.2 (Diversity) 2. Demonstrate knowledge of how to test hypotheses and answer research questions by selecting appropriate research methodologies and drawing valid conclusions from data;
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Page 2 of 16 Program Objectives: M 4.2 (Research) 3. Demonstrate skills to perform basic qualitative research, including thematic analysis, ethnographic observation, oral history, and content analysis; Program Objectives: M 4.2 (Research) 4. Demonstrate skills to operationally define and code variables; Program Objectives: M 4.2 (Research) 5. Demonstrate skills to design, construct, and edit a database using computer software;
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