3 credits. (NM). Course can be waived by examination. If waived, student will need 3 additional
credits in graduate-level coursework. Students will understand and appreciate a scientific,
analytic approach to building knowledge for practice and for evaluating service delivery in all
areas of practice. Different theoretical bases and methodological procedures for social work
research are addressed, as are basic statistical procedures and technological advances in
quantitative and qualitative designs. Ethical standards of scientific inquiry are emphasized with
attention to protecting and promoting the well-being of vulnerable and oppressed populations.
Ultimately, students are expected to be able to access, critically evaluate, and appropriately use
empirical research to inform and evaluate their practice with individuals, families, groups,
organizations, and communities.