Online DSW Coursework

Required DSW Coursework

Leadership in Social Work and Evidence-Informed Practice

4 Credits - Course Number SOWK 9951
Learning Objectives:
  • Integrate multiple theories and evidence-based conceptual frameworks of leadership
  • Understand social work leadership in evidence-based practices
  • Learn, analyze, and critique various styles of leadership using a multicultural perspective
  • Identify and evaluate one’s preferred leadership style

  • Applied Practice Gain:
  • Conduct a systematic review of EBP and/or leadership within APP
  • Demonstrate the ability to evaluate one’s personal effectiveness as a leader
  • Social Work Theory, Practice Models & Methods

    4 Credits - Course Number SOWK 9961
    Learning Objectives:
  • Develop a theoretical platform and practical implications of social work practice, research, and values
  • Identify social issues central to the student’s area or population of interest
  • Develop a critical frame for applying social systems theory to relevant social issues and research

  • Applied Practice Gain:
  • Link theory to APP and guiding research
  • Create a manuscript introduction
  • Portfolio Planning Seminar — Module 1 Online platform and APP Consideration

    1 Credit - Course Number SOWK 9992
    Applied Practice Gain:
  • Create online portfolio and develop CV draft with existing experience
  • Identify potential APP areas based on portfolio
  • Historical and Current Policy Approaches to Social Welfare (SW 9972 & -01)

    4 Credits - Course Number SOWK 9971
    Learning Objectives:
  • Develop comprehensive knowledge of the background and history of social policy
  • Critically analyze policies using Bardach’s “Eightfold Path” model
  • Understand policy, service delivery, and the nature of power and control in the political and legislative process, with a special emphasis on disenfranchised populations and social work values

  • Applied Practice Gain:
  • Link historical and policy approaches to APP
  • Update/modify introduction section
  • Quantitative Methods and Measurement for Services Outcome Research

    4 Credits - Course Number SOWK 9941
    Learning Objectives:
  • Locate, critically analyze, and design selected potential outcome measure
  • Locate, critically analyze, and design selected research designs in outcomes research
  • Move students forward in conceptualizing and designing their required APPs

  • Applied Practice Gain:
  • Develop research questions for project
  • Draft quantitative methods section for APP
  • Portfolio Planning Seminar — Module 2 APP Specification

    1 Credit - Course Number SOWK 9992
    Applied Practice Gain:
  • Finalize initial CV
  • Create a concept map with potential APP
  • Program and Clinical Evaluation SUMMER RESIDENCY = 4 days

    4 Credits - Course Number SOWK 9955
    Learning Objectives:
  • Acquire skills useful in conducting action research with community organizations
  • Further develop a critical frame for designing real-world program and clinical evaluations
  • Apply program evaluation and outcomes research design skills to a local agency

  • Applied Practice Gain:
  • Identify program evaluation options central to APP topic
  • Develop program evaluation plan and applied research skills central to participatory research
  • Introduction to Qualitative and Interpretive Approaches to Human Inquiry

    4 Credits - Course Number SOWK 9942
    Learning Objectives:
  • Identify theoretical and technical challenges in conducting qualitative data collection
  • Understand the importance of qualitative methods for program evaluation and outcome research
  • Conduct interview and transcribe the interview
  • Qualitative data analysis and coding schemes

  • Applied Practice Gain:
  • Develop research questions for project
  • Draft qualitative methods/results section for APP
  • Portfolio Planning Seminar — Module 3 Proposal Writing

    1 Credit - Course Number SOWK 9992
    Applied Practice Gain:
  • Asynchronous Work
  • Learn techniques for proposal and abstract writing.
  • Draft, finalize, and submit proposal for APP, including research questions and timeline
  • Social Work Pedagogy and Curriculum Development

    4 Credits - Course Number TBD
    Learning Objectives:
  • Increase proficiency in the process of learning and teaching, especially linking to the CSWE Core Competencies
  • Identify philosophies of adult education and strategies to enhance learning in the classroom, with a special emphasis on incorporating diversity content and conflict resolution in the classroom
  • Develop specific teaching skills, including curriculum/syllabus design, lecture preparation, assignments, and evaluation

  • Applied Practice Gain:
  • Develop a teaching philosophy and portfolio
  • Create curriculum and learn effective presentation skills
  • Advanced Practice Project Development Seminar I: Research Ethics

    4 Credits - Course Number SOWK 9993
    Learning Objectives:
  • Develop an understanding of ethical requirements and pragmatic considerations in the development of a research proposal through becoming knowledgeable about the IRB process
  • Develop a manageable research and poignant and concise literature review relevant to stated research question
  • Further identify relevant and manageable methods appropriate for addressing stated research question

  • Applied Practice Gain:
  • Develop a draft of Tulane IRB
  • Portfolio Planning Seminar — Module 4 Understanding Peer Review

    1 Credit - Course Number SOWK 9992
    Applied Practice Gain:
  • Learn techniques for journal selection, submission, and peer review process
  • Draft manuscript outline
  • Applied Social Statistics

    4 Credits - Course Number SOWK 9943
    Learning Objectives:
  • Understand data management, storage, and ethics
  • Develop critical framework for secondary and publicly available macro data sets
  • Identify appropriate variables and levels of measurement
  • Learn descriptive and inferential statistics useful in program evaluation and outcome research

  • Applied Practice Gain:
  • Develop results section for APP manuscript
  • Identify statistics appropriate for APP
  • Nonprofit Management, Fundraising, Board & Workforce Development

    4 Credits - Course Number TBD
    Learning Objectives:
  • Articulate the theoretical foundations that affect the growth of and external influences on the nonprofit sector
  • Understand different management aspects, roles of boards, strategic planning, and fundraising ethics for nonprofit management
  • Perform basic analyses of financial information provided by nonprofit entities, including budgetary calculations, cost allocation techniques, capital planning, and operational needs

  • Applied Practice Gain:
  • Agency Leadership
  • Portfolio Development Seminar — Module

    1 Credit - Course Number SOWK 9992
    Learning Objectives:
  • APP advising

  • Applied Practice Gain:
  • Review timeline, progress, and changes needed
  • Community Advocacy and Participatory Research for Applied Practice

    1 Credit - Course Number TBD
    Learning Objectives:
  • Identify and describe theories and relevant models of effective community practice theoretical models for community organization
  • Learn the community-based participatory research (CBPR) approach to advocacy
  • Identify advantages and disadvantages of CBPR as a method for approaching study and action to address social problems
  • Describe similarities and differences between participatory evaluation and participatory research

  • Applied Practice Gain:
  • Community leadership
  • Further develop program evaluation plan and applied research skills central to APP
  • Advanced Practice Project Development Seminar II: Grant Writing

    5 Credits - Course Number SOWK 9995
    Learning Objectives:
  • Understand the fundamental components of a grant proposal, such as the abstract or summary, background and significance, specific aims/goals and objectives, project design and methods, sustainability, assessment, broader impacts, dissemination, budget, budget justification, and cover letter, as well as the overall grant submission process
  • Learn how to locate available funding opportunities
  • Develop the skills needed to develop competitive grant proposals
  • Prepare a complete grant proposal to an agency of the student’s choice

  • Applied Practice Gain:
  • Develop grant application based on topic of interest
  • Portfolio Development Seminar — Module 2 Finalize APP projects

    1 Credit - Course Number SOWK 9992
    Applied Practice Gain: Asynchronous Work
  • Learn techniques for succinct scholarly writing
  • Draft APP reports
  • Portfolio Development Seminar — Module 3 Submit APP

    1 Credit - Course Number SOWK 9991
    Applied Practice Gain:
  • Submit drafts for feedback
  • Submit manuscript
  • Submit finalized secondary report
  • Portfolio Development Seminar — Module 4 Webinar APP Defense

    1 Credit - Course Number SOWK 9991
    Applied Practice Gain:
  • Learn techniques for scholarly presentation and dissemination
  • Defend projects and knowledge gain
  • What impact will you make?

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