SW3401H – A Semester in Review

When reviewing my semester in SW3401H, I am thankful for the new information I have obtained for implementing research methods.  I have developed a strong knowledge base for how to obtain research through using online data bases with peer-reviewed works.  This does not only help me as a student because it is an important skill to master when entering the professional field of Social Work.  I am confident I have developed the skills to critically read research and decipher if the data being presented is credible.  I also feel that becoming more familiar with peer-reviewed papers has helped to improve my own writing skills.  While, I will admit, the course content could be a bit dry at times, but I feel this course has made me become a stronger student.

 

Salient Topics in SW 3401H

In the course Social Work 3401H, I am learning the basic methods needed to perform my own research. One of the most helpful topics in this course has been reviewing statistical definitions and functions. This semester, I am also taking a statistics course, so the statistics topics in SW 3401H have helped me with reviewing topics in my statistics course. I know truly grasping and mastering these statistical skills will be important for my future in research. Another salient topic [in SW 3401H] has been discussing theories to understand a social work problem. This is another skill that will be important to master when working as a social worker, but also when relating my research methods and observational data to my area of interest.