Course Title: Social Work Honours Project 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Social Work Honours Project 1

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 1 2023,
Sem 1 2024

Course Coordinator: Dr Haidee Hicks

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 8. Floor 10

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Enforced Pre-Requisite Courses
Successful completion of HUSO2166 Foundations of Social Research

Note: it is a condition of enrolment at RMIT that you accept responsibility for ensuring that you have completed the prerequisite/s and agree to concurrently enrol in co-requisite courses before enrolling in a course. 

For your information go to RMIT Course Requisites webpage. 

Course Description

This course requires you to conduct independent research related to social work practice under supervision. You will design and develop a research question, complete a literature review, write a project methodology and design a research project. The project is completed in Social Work Honours Project 2. 

The course will combine independent research with classes focused on topic selection, project design and writing a research proposal.  

Please note that if you take this course for a Bachelor Honours program, your overall mark in this course will be one of the course marks that will be used to calculate the weighted average mark (WAM) that will determine your award level. (This applies to students who commence enrolment in a Bachelor Honours program from 1 January 2016 onwards. See the WAM information web page for more information.) 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes  

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:   

  • apply a body of interdisciplinary knowledge, values and skills in working with and for society’s most vulnerable and marginalised individuals, families, groups and communities 
  • demonstrate creativity, critical thinking and practical reasoning when identifying and solving problems in diverse contexts within the discipline of social work 
  • use appropriate research methods to independently design and execute a professional or research project 


Course Learning Outcomes  

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:  

  1. Analyse the ways in which social research informs professional practice in the human services
  2. Analyse the scope and diversity of social work research and articulate the contribution to professional practice
  3. Review, analyse and synthesise existing research literature to inform scholarship and professional practice
  4. Design, plan and implement an applied social research project 

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in learning that involves a range of activities such as individual research, group and class discussions, and presentations. 

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning. 

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal. 

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Literature Review, 25%, CLO1, CLO2, CLO3 

Assessment Task 2: Research Proposal, 75% approximately 3,000 words, CLO1, CLO2, CLO3 and CLO 4 

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks. 

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.