Course Title: Social Work Honours Project 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Social Work Honours Project 2

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020

Course Coordinator: Dr Sonia Martin

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3483

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 8, Level 10

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

HWSS2204 Social Work Honours Project 1


Course Description

This course requires you to conduct independent research related to social work practice under supervision. In this course you will complete the professional project that you began in Social Work Honours Project 1.

In this course you will finalise your research project and present your findings. Your project will combine independent research with classes focused on presenting and communicating your research findings.

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

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

  • Critically engage with the relevant literature and major works related to professional practice in your area
  • Plan and develop an independent professional research project relevant to social work practice
  • Solve problems and critically reflect on your practice, including social and ethical responsibilities.
  • Engage with the research and evaluation processes of social work professional practice
  • Present a research project, explaining how the findings contribute to scholarship and/or professional practice to a range of stakeholders


You will be assessed on your development of 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
  • communicate using diverse formats and strategies to stakeholders within and external to your discipline
  • use appropriate research methods to independently design and execute a professional or research project

Overview of Learning Activities

The course is offered via face-to-face and students are expected to attend and actively participate in each of the sessions. Intensive seminars will be delivered through the semester. As well as individual research, you will be actively engaged in learning that involves class discussion and peer critique.

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. A special tab has been included on the library subject guide called Honours Project that will provide a point for accessing relevant materials. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.


Overview of Assessment

Assessment is based on the completion of your portfolio, which you commenced in HWSS2204. The assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning. You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program capabilities. Successful completion will require you to demonstrate your ability to critically analyse a social problem and/or professional practice issue you have selected in a manner that shows independence of thought, scholarship and an ability to problem solve. 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 director or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
  • A student charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.
  • Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: