University of Connecticut

Research Waiver Examination

A waiver examination for Research Methods for Social Work Practice (BASC 5333) is available to matriculated and non-matriculated students who believe their research knowledge base qualifies them for an exemption. This option is not available to advanced standing students. The examination is administered through the Office of Student and Academic Services and is offered throughout the year in the summer and winter. The exam should take approximately 2 to 2 1/2 hours. Students may only sit for this exam once and are required to register. A score of 70% is passing.  If a student passes the exam, the student is exempted from the class not the credits.

Students are strongly urged to consult any of a number of commonly used texts in social work research in preparation for the exam which are available at the Harleigh B. Trecker Library.

Bloom, M., Fischer, J., & Orme, J. (any edition). Evaluating Practice. Needham Heights, MA: Allyn & Bacon.

Cournoyer, D. & Klein, W. (2000). Research Methods for Social Work. Needham Heights, MA: Allyn & Bacon.

Grinnell, R. (any edition). Social Work Research and Evaluation. Itasca, IL: Peacock.

Rubin, A. & Babbie, E. (any edition). Research Methods for Social Work. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.

Topics to be considered should include: scientific reasoning & critical thinking; research ethics; measurement including reliability & validity; data collection; research question formulation; research designs & inference; data analysis (numeric and non-numeric) and sampling and external validity.

Exam Dates

Winter Session – Friday, January 8, 2016 (Snow Date: Friday, January 15, 2016)

Summer Session – TBA