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Dissertation - SPY00003H

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  • Department: Social Policy and Social Work
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Carolyn Snell
  • Credit value: 40 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2020-21

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Summer Term 2020-21

Module aims

The overall aim of this module is to help students develop the skills and knowledge they need to write their dissertation. It will provide an introduction to the uses, strengths and limitations of different types of research, drawing on examples from a variety of research studies of relevance to social work. Specifically, the aims of the module are:

  • To equip students with the analytical skills and knowledge required to be research -minded practitioners
  • To enable students to further develop skills in the critical appraisal of research findings to inform their practice
  • To equip students with the skills to undertake a systematic review of research on a topic of relevance to social work
  • To enable students to develop specialist knowledge of research on a particular aspect of social work

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module students will be able:

  • To understand different approaches and methods commonly used in social work research
  • To demonstrate their ability to undertake a critical analysis of research
  • To undertake a systematic review of the research literature on their chosen topic, including an appraisal of the quality of research evidence;
  • To demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of research on a specific aspect of social work and its relevance to social work practice


Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

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