ScWk 298 Syllabus - Fall 2009 section 14

ScWk 298 Syllabus - Fall 2009 section 14 - SAN JOS STATE...

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Page 1 of 21 SAN JOSÉ STATE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK ScWk 298 – SPECIAL PROJECT Course Code: 49735; Section 14 Fall, 2009 Edward Cohen, Ph.D., MSW Class Meeting Time: Mon. 3:00pm – 4:30pm (Class meeting times may vary) Classroom Location: DH (Duncan Hall) 219 Course web page: http://www.sjsu.edu/people/edward.cohen/courses/298 Office Location: WSQ 217D Office Hours: Monday 2 - 3 pm and by Appointment (except campus furlough days) Phone: (408) 924-5824 Email: ecohen@casa.sjsu.edu Catalog Description Planning and implementation of research practica emphasizing culturally appropriate measures and design strategies. Students produce a professionally written project demonstrating an understanding of the knowledge base underlying social work issues and appropriate interventions. (Prerequisite: ScWk 242, Credit/No Credit, 1 Unit). Course Description The course emphasizes the application of concepts and the acquisition of skills for systematic examination of social work issues and evaluation of professional social work practice. Students conceptualize and organize a Master’s Special Project, which serves as the “capstone” experience for the Master of Social Work degree. The fall semester ScWk 298 course focuses on the conceptualization of the Special Project and the development of a written proposal for systematic examination of a social work issue or the evaluation of the student's own practice related to his/her concentration year field practicum setting. In the spring semester students will implement their projects, analyze their data, and write a final research report. Topics to be covered this semester include: an overview of professional writing styles; guidance in the selection of an appropriate research topic; the formulation of research questions and hypotheses; the development of measurement strategies and utilization of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies; and a review of SPSS software applications. Students are expected to demonstrate in their Special Project that they have sufficient mastery of social work professional skills in their assigned agency setting. Learning Objectives Upon successful completion of this Special Project course, students will be expected to: 1. Understand the role of scientific investigation in the building of knowledge for social work practice, and understand applied research and its link to evidence-based practice;
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Page 2 of 21 Program Objectives: M 4.3 (Research) 2. Apply concepts of quantitative and/or qualitative research in a culturally appropriate manner regarding the investigation of social work issues and evaluation of social work practice; Program Objectives: M 4.3 (Research) 3. Critically review the literature, pose relevant hypotheses and research questions, propose an appropriate research methodology, and prepare for analysis of data relevant to the investigation of social work issues and evaluation of social work practice; Program Objectives: M 4.3 (Research) 4. Work effectively with university, agency, and community officials in planning and
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ScWk 298 Syllabus - Fall 2009 section 14 - SAN JOS STATE...

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