2021-2022 Graduate Catalog

SOCW 540 Research Methods and Statistics

Introduces students to the scientific method as a process of knowledge development. Content helps students understand how research is used to address social problems and evaluate social work practice and programs. Content includes research ethics, connections between theory and hypothesis formulation, operationalization, research design, data collection, analysis, and report writing. Students use Excel and SPSS to test hypothesis using t-test, ANOVA, chi-square, correlation, and linear regression. Special emphasis is placed on the historic over-representation of marginalized groups in research and special protections for human subjects. Open only to SOCW students or by permission of the advisor or department chairperson.