Social work research

Course Details

Course Number: 3643  Section Number: 01

Fall 2012

Location: Online

Days & Times:

online any time

Course Attachments


MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Gary Fashimpar   
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Course Objectives

1.  Apply critical thinking skills within the context of professional social work practice.

2.  Understood the value base of the profession and its ethical standards and principles and practice accordingly.

3.  Evaluate research studies, apply research findings to practice and evaluate their own practice interventions.

4.  Provide students with information that will allow them to use Blackboard and the internet for accessing research, class assignments and lecture modules.

5.  Apply the knowledge and skills of generalist social work practice with systems of all sizes.

6.  Apply appropriate technical and ethical factors in designing diversity sensitive research and in drawing inferences about special populations from research data and reports.

7.  Provide content on the use of research as a knowledge base to support professional interventions and decisions.

Course Expectations

Internet Assignments. Go to Web CT and click on Assignment Icons


Assignment 1- Evidence Based Practice.


Learning to locate research studies which can help you be a more effective social worker is the purpose of this assignment. Choose a topic which interests you. Go to data bases and search engines and search for research studies which have useful implications for social work on your topic. You can use the Mofett Library databases by clicking on Library on the msu home page and then clicking on databases. Academic Search Premiere is one of the better databases for social work. Google Scholar is also good. If you prefer you can browse through recent social work journals in the library. However you proceed read the abstract first to help you identify if the study reports on  effective interventions, programs or policies. Find a study which has useful implications for social work practice.


The written part of this paper must be submitted on Blackboard and include the following. The bibliographic reference information for the study you read. A brief statement of the conclusions of the study. Describe how the knowledge produced by the study could be used to guide a social workers practice.


Assignment 2  Informed Consent Assignment


1.  Go to Web CT. Click on Assignment 2.  Create an informed consent form and submit through Blackboard. Your text provides examples of informed consent forms.


Assignment 3  Hypothesis Writing Assignment

1.  Go to Web CT, click on Assignment 3. Assignment 3;Hypotheses and the scientific method. Students turn in a hypothesis written in the if-then format.



Assignment 4   Single Subject Research assignment

Choose a self improvement project for yourself. You could study more, get angry less, exercise more, reframe events positively in your mind, lose wieight etc. You can change any behavior, thought, emotion or habit you choose.          


Gather baseline data on your target for change. That is, record how often it occurs a day for at least  7 days. Then start your self improvement intervention. Record how often the behavior occurs for 10 days. Then stop the intervention and record for a week how often the behavior occurs each day. Display this data as a graph using Excel or a similar program. Graph the data for the preintervention, intervention and post intervention time periods which is a minimum 24 day period. Submit the graph.

Evaluation of your practice intervention

 Identify the specific single subject research design and explain why you used it. (see ch. 12 and Single Subject Module). Present and analyze the data you gathered. Describe your area of self improvement. Describe your intervention into the target behavior. How well did the intervention work? Use your knowledge of single subject design to explain the certainty or lack of certainty of your conclusions based on your data..



Practice Exams


Student practice exams are available online for all assigned chapters.  Complete all tutorial exams and improve your exam grades in class. 



Course Grading System:



Evidence Based Assignment                                      30

Hypothesis Assignment                                              10       

Informed Consent Assignment                                   10

Single subject research assignment                           50


Quiz 1 over text                                                          100                             

Quiz 1 over modules                                                   100                             

Quiz  2                                                                         100

Quiz  3                                                                         100

Final Quiz                                                                    100

Total                                                                            600




Grading Standards

A=90% of available points

B=80-89% of available points

C=70-79 % of available points

D=60-69% of available points

F=0-59% of available points

Final Exam12/8/2012  10:00 am

Submission Format Policy

submit through Blackboard.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

loss of 10% of points for late assignment

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

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