SW 541 Advanced Standing Research

3 credits

This course is designed to provide a common foundation in Scientific Methods for Advanced Standing students entering the School of Social Work by reviewing and refreshing their knowledge in social work research, program evaluation, and practice evaluation. The Advanced Standing Research course will cover research methods and evaluation skills at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels. This is a very intensive review of two courses generally taken in the foundation year. Upon completion, students will be able to broaden the empirical knowledge base of the profession and evaluate practice for efficiency, effectiveness and humane and ethical standards. In acquiring the tools to evaluate programs and practice, students will have opportunities to learn how to: (1) apply research methods to conceptualize and measure problems, targets and goals; (2) apply research design and the methods of evaluation.