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PhD Program Course Descriptions

PhD Course Listings (as they appear in the UT Graduate Catalog.)

600 Doctoral Research and Dissertation (3-15 Credit Hours)
Grading Restriction: P/NP only.
Repeatability: Enrollment required from the beginning of dissertation until graduation.

601: Research for Social Work Practice I (3 credits)
Description: Epistemological foundations of, and methods for, quantitative and qualitative research for social work practice, including formation of research questions and hypotheses; basic measurement; sampling; research design; and introduction to the research proposal.

602: Research for Social Work Practice II (3 credits)
Description: Intermediate methods for quantitative and qualitative research for social work practice, including applied measurement theory; reliability and validity; scale development; item analysis; differential item functioning; and research design and proposal writing

603: Research III: Funded Research and Grant Writing (3 credits)
Description: Funded research and grant writing:  Sources of funding, including federal and private foundation, for social work research; writing a competitive grant proposal, including the narrative, budget, budget justification, and IRB review application.

605: Analysis of Social Work Data I (3 credits)
Description: Univariate and bivariate descriptive statistics, foundations of null hypothesis significance testing (NHST), and applications of NHST, confidence intervals, and effect size estimates to testing, examining, interpreting, and presenting results concerning bivariate relationships with continuous and discrete variables.

606: Analysis of Social Work Data II (3 credits)
Description: Conceptual understanding of fixed-effects linear regression models and ability to specify, test, interpret, and present results of linear regression models. Extension of linear regression to discrete dependent variables in the framework of the generalized linear model. 

626: Critical Thinking for Science and Research (2 credits)
Description: Within a students substantive area, identification of assumptions and premises upon which an argument is based. Application of concepts within a particular model and the development of a statement of a predicted research outcome and/or research hypothesis that test the empirical validity of the model.

628: Critical Review of Research Literature (3 credits)
Description: The formulation of a researchable problem relevant to professional social work. Carrying out a systematic, comprehensive search of relevant databases. Writing a systematic review of the literature that is suitable for publication in a scholarly journal. 

630: Research Practicum (Semester II; 1 credit)
Description: Individual research experience under the supervision of a faculty mentor.

631: Research Practicum (Semester III; 1 credit)

632: Research Practicum (Semester IV; 1 credit)

675: Teaching Methods in Social Work (2 credits)
Description: History and context of social work education, including curriculum policy and accreditation.  Effective teaching techniques, course development, assessment of student learning, and classroom management skills are taught.

676: Social Work Pedagogy in Online Environments (1 credit)
Description: Best practices for online teaching. Unique characteristics of online teaching and empirically-supported strategies for developing online courses and managing online classroom environments. 

677: Teaching Practicum I (1 credit)
Description (face-to-face practicum): Classroom teaching experience under the supervision of a faculty teaching mentor.  Demonstration of independent teaching, student assessment, and classroom management.

678: Teaching Practicum II (1 credit)
Description (online practicum): Online teaching experience under the supervision of a faculty teaching mentor. Use of appropriate technology to demonstrate independent online teaching and student assessment. 

680: Professional Development for Social Work Scholars (2 credits)
Description: Preparing for a tenure-track faculty job, including job searches and the interviewing process, networking for professional development, and skills for transitioning to a successful academic career. 

 

 


 

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