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SOWK12014 Ethical Professional Practice
Ethical Professional Practice
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General Information

Overview

This unit presents ethical theories and principles and their relationship to social work professional practice in human services. Students should be able to demonstrate knowledge of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) code of ethics and explore ethical decision making in relation to different practice contexts. Students should also be able to analyse the role of personal and professional value systems and their place in various practice settings, and the legal and organisational context of social / welfare work. Students should be able to identify and engage appropriate use of self and self care strategies by students in the professional context as a component of devising an ethical professional framework for future practice. The students should be able to analyse the ethics of practice within different cultural contexts and devise appropriate strategies of intervention.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 2
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 10
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Successful completion of 48 credit points in any course.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 2 - 2021

Online

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Group Discussion
Weighting: 30%
2. Written Assessment
Weighting: 30%
3. Written Assessment
Weighting: 40%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Student evaluation

Feedback

The interactive case study assessment tasks facilitated students' reflective practice and the consideration of different perspectives necessary for ethical decision making.

Recommendation

The unit will continue to offer these assessment tasks.

Feedback from Student evaluation

Feedback

Difficulties were encountered initially by some students in locating the group discussion assessment feedback and grades.

Recommendation

The unit coordinator will explore strategies to resolve this issue with the Moodle team and continue to provide instructions early and throughout the term.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Identify the major principles inherent within the AASW code of ethics
  2. Apply the code of ethics to professional practice contexts
  3. Critically analyse modernist and post modernist approaches to ethical dilemmas
  4. Analyse the ethical elements of cultural competence including working in Indigenous contexts and apply strategies to case study situations
  5. Analyse differing contexts for ethical practice and apply the ethical use of self and appropriate self care strategies within a range of these practice contexts
  6. Analyse your performance from feedback drawn from your involvement in learning contexts.
Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Group Discussion - 30%
2 - Written Assessment - 30%
3 - Written Assessment - 40%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Group Discussion - 30%
2 - Written Assessment - 30%
3 - Written Assessment - 40%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

Ethical Practice in Social Work (2007)

Authors: Bowles, W., Collingridge, M., Curry, S., & Valentine, B.
Allen & Unwin
Crows Nest Crows Nest , NSW , Australia
ISBN:
Binding: Paperback

Additional Textbook Information

Important note: Students do not need to purchase the textbook, as the library has unlimited copies available for students to borrow. 

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: Harvard (author-date)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Madonna Chesham Unit Coordinator
m.chesham@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 12 Jul 2021

Module/Topic

Introduction to ethics

Chapter

Chapter 1 & 2 of the prescribed text. Visit the study week schedule on Moodle for Week 1 set readings and activities.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 19 Jul 2021

Module/Topic

Code of ethics

Chapter

Chapter 4 & 5 of the prescribed text. Visit the study week schedule on Moodle for Week 2 set readings and activities.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Online group discussion topic 1 post due end of week 2.

Week 3 Begin Date: 26 Jul 2021

Module/Topic

Ethical theories and concepts

Chapter

Chapter 3 of the prescribed text. Visit the study week schedule on Moodle for Week 3 set readings and activities.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Online group discussion topic 1 reflection due end of week 3.

Week 4 Begin Date: 02 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Autonomy, paternalism and self determination

Chapter

Chapter 6 of the prescribed text. Visit the study week schedule on Moodle for Week 4 set readings and activities.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 09 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Truth telling - veracity

Chapter

Visit the study week schedule on Moodle for Week 5 set readings and activities.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Online group discussion topic post due end of week 5.

Vacation Week Begin Date: 16 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 23 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Privacy and confidentiality

Chapter

Chapter 7 of the prescribed text. Visit the study week schedule on Moodle for Week 6 set readings and activities.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Online group discussion topic 2 reflection due end of week 6.

Week 7 Begin Date: 30 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Social work practice dilemmas

Chapter

Chapter 9 of the prescribed text. Visit the study week schedule on Moodle for Week 7 set readings and activities.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Written Assessment Due: Week 7 Friday (3 Sep 2021) 11:55 pm AEST
Week 8 Begin Date: 06 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

Ethical decision making

Chapter

Visit the study week schedule on Moodle for Week 8 set readings and activities.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 9 Begin Date: 13 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

Critical reflection

Chapter

Visit the study week schedule on Moodle for Week 9 set readings and activities.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 10 Begin Date: 20 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

Ethics, social control and toleration

Chapter

Chapter 8 of the prescribed text. Visit the study week schedule on Moodle for Week 10 set readings and activities.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 11 Begin Date: 27 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

Indigenous and cross cultural issues

Chapter

Visit the study week schedule on Moodle for Week 11 set readings and activities.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 12 Begin Date: 04 Oct 2021

Module/Topic

The source of power in social work

Chapter

Chapter 10 of prescribed text. Visit the study week schedule on Moodle for Week 12 set readings and activities.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Written Assessment Due: Week 12 Friday (8 Oct 2021) 11:55 pm AEST
Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 11 Oct 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 18 Oct 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Tasks

1 Group Discussion

Assessment Title
Assessment - Group Discussion

Task Description

You are required to participate in two online group discussions. The group discussions are intended to replicate a face to face tutorial to develop student knowledge of ethical practice and skills essential for social work practice. The activities will strengthen your capacity to participate in an informative discussion for ethical decision making and provide constructive feedback to peers. These activities are to be viewed as learning opportunities rather than peer evaluation.

Instructions

For each group discussion topic, you are required to complete a written online discussion topic response along with a response to another student's discussion post, and a short reflection to be posted on Moodle by the due date for each respective topic. The group discussion topic, that includes a case study and questions, are located under Assessment 1 on the unit Moodle site. 

Your responses should:

  • Identify and analyse ethical content inherent to the case study and refer to relevant unit and independent literature.
  • Identify and demonstrate knowledge of the relevant core ethical principles of social work practice referring to the AASW Code of Ethics.
  • Demonstrate an ability to interact and discuss important issues relating to ethics in a human service context.
  • Utilise reflective practice for the consideration of other perspectives, identification of the values, beliefs and assumptions influencing ethical decision making, and the articulation of insights gained for future practice.

What's involved?

In weeks 2 and 5 you will post a 500 word written online response to a group discussion topic, make a considered response to another student's submission, and post a 300 word short reflection. You will be allocated to a small group for each discussion topic.

The two group discussion topics will be assessed (15% each). A detailed schedule of dates, discussion topics and requirements for each topic will be provided under the Assessment 1 - Group Discussion heading on Moodle.

To pass this assessment you are required to post a response to the topic, respond to another student's discussion post, and provide a short reflection to both group discussion topics.

Literature and references

In this assessment you are expected to have completed the core readings before participating in the group discussion and your discussion should refer to the core readings and be properly cited/referenced (Harvard). Additionally, you are encouraged to undertake independent reading on the topic.

Suitable references include peer-reviewed journal articles as well as textbooks and credible websites. When sourcing information, consider the 5 elements of a quality reference: currency, authority, relevance, objectivity, and coverage. Grey literature sourced from the internet must be from reputable websites such as from government, university, or peak national bodies: for example, the Australian Association of Social Workers. You are expected to have completed the core readings before participating in the group discussion and your discussion should make reference to the core readings and be properly cited/referenced (Harvard). Additionally, you are encouraged to undertake independent reading on the topic.

Requirements

  • It is recommended students complete their responses in a saved Microsoft Word document and cut and paste from the document into the respective group forum; this will avoid any loss of work due to internet outage or timeout of Moodle session.
  • Your initial 500-word response to the group discussion should be written in the third-person perspective.
  • Write in the first-person perspective in your response to another student and your short reflection response.
  • Use the Harvard referencing style. The CQUniversity Academic Learning Centre has an online Harvard Referencing Style Guide.
  • The word count is considered from the first word of the post to the last word of the post. The word count excludes the reference list but includes in-text references and direct quotations.
  • Please note: You are expected to adhere to acceptable netiquette protocols in all your communications on the Moodle site.

Word limit

  • 500 words maximum for the online response to the group discussion topic.
  • No word limit for response to a student.
  • 300 words maximum for online reflective practice post.

You must remain within 10% of the word limit. The word count is considered from the first word to the last word of the student post. It excludes the reference list. It includes in-text references and direct quotations.

Penalties will apply for late submissions as per CQUniversity late submission procedure.


Assessment Due Date

Ongoing. Group discussion topics are due for weeks 2 & 5 of term. A detailed schedule of dates, discussion topics and requirements for each topic will be provided on Moodle.


Return Date to Students

Grades for each discussion topic will be made available within three weeks of completion of the topic.


Weighting
30%

Assessment Criteria

  • Important note: Each group discussion is weighted 10% and will be marked out of 10.

     

    Assessment Criteria  

     

     

      

    Grade  

     

     

     

      

    HD (85-100) 

      

    (75-84) 

      

    (65-74) 

      

    (50=64) 

      

    (0-49) 

    Identifies and analyses ethical content inherent to the case study and refers to relevant unit and independent literature. (  /4 Marks) 

    Excellent understanding and advanced ethical analysis demonstrated utilising a range of relevant sources.  


    Very good understanding and ethical analysis demonstrated utilising relevant sources.   

    Good understanding and ethical analysis demonstrated utilising relevant sources. 

      

    Adequate or basic understanding and ethical analysis demonstrated utilising relevant sources. 

    Inadequate or inappropriate understanding and ethical analysis and insufficient or inappropriate utilisation of sources.  

    Identifies and demonstrates understanding of the core ethical principles of social work of social work practice referring tot he AASW Code of Ethics (2020). ( /4 Marks)

    Advanced understanding of core professional ethical principles relevant to the scenario demonstrated. 

    Very good understanding of the core professional ethical principles relevant to the scenario demonstrated.   

    Good analysis understanding of the ore professional ethical principles relevant to the scenario demonstrated.  

    Adequate or basic understanding of core professional ethical principles relevant to the scenario demonstrated 

    Inadequate or inappropriate understanding of the core ethical principles relevant to the scenario demonstrated.   

    Demonstrates an ability to interact and discuss important issues relating to ethics in a human services context.       ( /2 Marks)

    Excellent ability to interact and discuss ethical issues. 

    Very good ability to interact and discuss ethical issues. 

    Good ability to interact and discuss ethical issues. 

    Adequate or basic ability to interact and discuss ethical issues. 

      

    Inadequate or inappropriate ability to interact and discuss ethical issues. 

    Engages in reflective practice for the consideration of other perspectives, identification of the values, beliefs and assumptions influencing ethical decision making, and the articulation of insights gained for future practice. (  /3 Marks)

    Advanced reflective practice demonstrated. 

    Very good reflective practice demonstrated.  

    Good  reflective practice demonstrated.  

    Adequate or basic reflective practice demonstrated.  

    Inadequate or inappropriate reflective practice demonstrated.  

    Demonstrates synthesis and integration of literature within postings, clear expression and grammar, appropriate referencing (Harvard), and citation, with correct spelling (Macquarie) and punctuation.     ( /2 Marks) 

    Excellent synthesis and argument.  Excellent writing and extensive referencing.  

    Very good synthesis and argument.  Very good writing and comprehensive referencing.  

    Good synthesis and argument.  Good writing and good referencing.  

    Adequate or basic synthesis and argument.  Adequate writing or referencing.  

    Inaccurate or limited synthesis or argument.  Inadequate writing and referencing.  


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Submissions will be via the discussion forums. Further instructions are provided on the Moodle website.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Identify the major principles inherent within the AASW code of ethics
  • Apply the code of ethics to professional practice contexts
  • Critically analyse modernist and post modernist approaches to ethical dilemmas
  • Analyse the ethical elements of cultural competence including working in Indigenous contexts and apply strategies to case study situations
  • Analyse differing contexts for ethical practice and apply the ethical use of self and appropriate self care strategies within a range of these practice contexts
  • Analyse your performance from feedback drawn from your involvement in learning contexts.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Team Work
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Cross Cultural Competence
  • Ethical practice

2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Written Assessment

Task Description

Your task is to identify a field of practice (mental health, child protection, youth justice/work, health, disability, aged care, etc) and explore two ethical dilemmas that a social worker/human services worker would commonly encounter in that area, giving consideration to the AASW (2020) Code of Ethics. Additionally, you are required to identify how you might resolve the ethical dilemmas that you may encounter. Within your chosen field of practice, you are also required to analyse the ethical issues that may present when working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients and communities and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. The essay must make reference to the literature. You are expected to refer to the unit readings and undertake independent reading.

Instructions

With reference to the chosen field of practice, produce a written essay that addresses the following:

  • Identifies two ethical dilemmas a social worker/human service worker would commonly experience in the chosen field of practice, making reference to the literature relevant to this assignment topic.
  • Identifies how the identified ethical dilemmas can be resolved, making reference to the relevant literature.
  • Analyses the ethical elements of cultural competence when working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in this chosen field of practice.
  • Identifies the core ethical principles of social work practice making reference to the AASW Code of Ethics (2020).
  • Demonstrates synthesis and integration of literature, strength and logic of the argument, correct spelling (Macquarie) and punctuation, with appropriate citation and referencing (Harvard). Remains within the word limit.

Length

  • 1000-1500 words (excluding references and appendices). The word count is considered from the first word of the introduction to the last word of the conclusion. It excludes the cover page, and reference list. It includes in-text references and direct quotations. You must remain within 10% of the word limit (a maximum of 1% of the mark will be deducted for every 100 words over or under this range).

Literature and references

In this assessment use at least 7 relevant references to support your discussion. Suitable references include peer-reviewed journal articles as well as textbooks and credible websites. When sourcing information, consider the 5 elements of a quality reference: currency, authority, relevance, objectivity, and coverage. Grey literature sourced from the internet must be from reputable websites such as government, university, or peak national bodies: the Australian Association of Social Workers.

Requirements

  • Use a conventional and legible size 12 font, such as Times New Roman or Arial, with 1.5 line spacing and 2.54cm page margins (standard pre-set margin in Microsoft Word)
  • Include page numbers on each page in a footer.
  • Write in the third-person perspective.
  • Use formal academic language.
  • Use the Harvard referencing style. The CQUniversity Academic Learning Centre has an online Harvard Referencing Style Guide.
  • Penalties will apply for late submissions as per CQUniversity assessment procedure.


Assessment Due Date

Week 7 Friday (3 Sep 2021) 11:55 pm AEST

Students are to submit the assessment online via the Assessment 2 submission area.


Return Date to Students

Week 9 Friday (17 Sep 2021)


Weighting
30%

Assessment Criteria

 

 

Criteria 

 

Grade 

    
 

 

HD (85-100) 

 

D (75-84) 

 

C (65-74) 

 

P (50-64) 

 

F (0-49) 

Identifies common ethical dilemmas a human service worker could experience in the chosen field of practice, making reference to the literature relevant to this assignment topic. (  /10 marks)

Advanced understanding of two ethical dilemmas commonly encountered in the chosen field of practice, utilising an extensive range of literature. 

Very good understanding of two ethical dilemmas commonly encountered in the chosen field of practice, utilising a very good range of literature. 

Good understanding of two ethical dilemmas commonly encountered in the chosen field of practice, utilising a good range of literature. 

Adequate or basic understanding of two dilemmas commonly encountered in the chosen field of practice, utilising an adequate rang of literature. 

Inadequate or inappropriate understanding of ethical dilemmas commonly encountered in the chosen field of practice, utilising an inadequate or inappropriate literature. 

Identifies how ethical dilemmas discussed can be addressedmaking reference to the relevant literature.  ( /5 marks)

Advanced analysis of how ethical dilemmas identified can be resolved, utilising an extensive range of literature. 

Very good analysis of how ethical dilemma identified can be resolved, utilising a very good range of literature. 

Good analysis of how ethical dilemmas identified can be resolved, utilising a good range of literature. 

Adequate or basic analysis of how ethical dilemmas identified can be resolved, utilising an adequate range of literature. 

Inadequate or inappropriate understanding of how ethical dilemmas identified can be resolved, utilising an insufficient or inappropriate range of literature. 

Analyses the ethical elements of cultural competence including working in Indigenous and culturally and linguistically diverse contexts. (  /5 Marks)

Advanced understanding of cultural considerations for safe and sensitive culturally responsive practice in this chosen field of practice. 

Very good understanding understanding of cultural considerations for safe and sensitive culturally responsive practice in this chosen field of practice. 

Good understanding of cultural considerations for safe and sensitive culturally responsive practice in this chosen field of practice, 

Adequate or basic understanding of cultural considerations for safe and sensitive culturally responsive practice in this chosen field of practice. 

Inadequate or inappropriate consideration for safe and sensitive culturally responsive practice in this chosen field of practice. 

Identifies the core ethical principles of social work practice making reference to the AASW Code of Ethics. ( /5 Marks)

Advanced understanding demonstrated. 

Very good understanding demonstrated. 

Good understanding demonstrated. 

Adequate or basic understanding demonstrated. 

Inadequate or inappropriate understanding demonstrated. 

Demonstrates synthesis and integration of literature, strength and logic of argument, correct spelling (Macquarie) and punctuation, with appropriate citation, and referencing (Harvard) within the word limit.           ( /5 Marks)

Excellent synthesis and argument.  Excellent writing and extensive referencing within the word limit.

Very good synthesis and argument.  Very good writing and comprehensive referencing within the word limit.

Good synthesis and argument.  Good writing and good referencing within the word limit.

Adequate or basic synthesis and argument.  Adequate writing or referencing within the word limit. 

Inaccurate or limited synthesis or argument.  Inadequate writing and referencing and or not in the word limit.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Identify the major principles inherent within the AASW code of ethics
  • Apply the code of ethics to professional practice contexts
  • Critically analyse modernist and post modernist approaches to ethical dilemmas
  • Analyse the ethical elements of cultural competence including working in Indigenous contexts and apply strategies to case study situations
  • Analyse differing contexts for ethical practice and apply the ethical use of self and appropriate self care strategies within a range of these practice contexts


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Cross Cultural Competence
  • Ethical practice

3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Written Assessment

Task Description

This assessment requires you to analyse an ethical dilemma in social work practice. You will explore the complex ethical dilemmas that emerge when political, social and economic context impacts on client populations and social work practice. Ethical problem solving is, therefore, an important professional requirement for social work practice.

Instructions

A written essay that addresses the ethical dilemma (Vignette) outlined on Moodle under Assessment 3 - Written Assessment.

Your discussion needs to address the following:

  • For each of the following courses of actions listed below, provide a rationale for selecting and rejecting the action in Mrs Peterson's case.
  • Refer to the AASW Code of Ethics and identify the relevant ethical principles, values and responsibilities that apply to the scenario and courses of action.
  • Based on the options below or a different course of action you have considered, what course of action would you favour? (Be sure to explain and provide an ethical justification, reflection and evaluation for your decision)
  • Explain the cultural considerations you would make in your decision-making process for each course of action if Mrs Peterson identified as an Aboriginal person.
  • You are required to refer to the literature relevant to this assignment's topic.

The proposed courses of action include:

  1. The social worker decides to respect the principles of confidentiality and self-determination and do nothing.
  2. The social worker assesses for involuntary placement due to Mrs Peterson's impaired judgment about her current life circumstances.
  3. The social worker decides that the least restrictive route is to contact Mrs Peterson's daughter, Janice, to check on Mrs Peterson over the weekend.
  4. The social worker explains to Mrs Peterson that they are not convinced she can attend to her needs and presents her with the options based on their assessment.

Length

  • 2000 words (excluding references and appendices). The word count is considered from the first word of the introduction to the last word of the conclusion. It excludes the cover page, and reference list. It includes in-text references and direct quotations. You must remain within 10% of the word limit.

Literature and references

In this assessment use at least 8 contemporary references to support your discussion. You may also use seminal scholarly literature where relevant. Suitable references include peer-reviewed journal articles as well as textbooks and credible websites. When sourcing information, consider the 5 elements of a quality reference: currency, authority, relevance, objectivity, and coverage. Grey literature sourced from the internet must be from reputable websites such as from government, university, or peak national bodies: for example, the Australian Association of Social Workers.

Requirements

  • Use a conventional and legible size 12 font, such as Times New Roman or Arial, with 1.5 line spacing and 2.54cm page margins (standard pre-set margin in Microsoft Word).
  • Include page numbers on each page in a footer.
  • Write in the third-person perspective. First person perspective can be used to critically reflect on your final decision. 
  • Use formal academic language.
  • Use the Harvard referencing style. The CQUniversity Academic Learning Centre has an online Harvard Referencing Style Guide.
  • Penalties will apply for late submissions as per CQU late submission procedure.


Assessment Due Date

Week 12 Friday (8 Oct 2021) 11:55 pm AEST

Students to submit the assessment on moodle


Return Date to Students

Exam Week Friday (22 Oct 2021)


Weighting
40%

Assessment Criteria

 

 

Criteria 

 

Grade 

    
 

 

HD (85-100) 

 

D (75-84) 

 

C (65-74) 

 

P (50-64) 

 

F (0-49) 

Demonstrated ability to rationalise an ethical position, making reference to literature relevant to this assignment topic. (  /10marks)

Highly developed ability to rationalise an ethical position in relation to each course of action, utilising an extensive range of literature to support the rationale. 

Well-developed ability to rationalise an ethical position in relation to each course of action, utilising a very good range of literature to support the rationale. 

Good ability to rationalize an ethical position in relation to each course of action, utlising a good range of literature to support the rationale. 

Basic ability to rationalize an ethical position in relation to each course of action, utlitising an adequate range of literature to support the rationale. 

Limited ability to rationlise an ethical position in relation to each course of action, utlising an inadequate or inappropriate range of literature to support the rationale. 

Demonstrated conceptual understanding of ethical issues in relation to each course of action. (  /10 Marks)

Highly developed conceptual understanding of the ethical issues in relation to each dilemma. 

Well developed conceptual understanding of the ethical issues in relation to each dilemma. 

Good conceptual understanding of the ethical issues in relation to each dilemma. 

Basic conceptual understanding of the ethical issues in relation each dilemma. 

Little conceptual understanding of the ethical issues in relation to each dilemma. 

Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of relevant sections of the AASW’s Code of Ethics that apply to the course of actions argued. (  /10 Marks)

Extensive knowledge of AASW’s Code of Ethics. 

Well developed knowledge of AASW’s Code of Ethics. 

Good knowledge of AASW’s Code of Ethics. 

Basic knowledge of AASW’s Code of Ethics. 

Little knowledge of AASW’s Code of Ethics. 

Analyses the ethical elements of cultural competence for each course of action when working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities. (  /5 Marks)

Advanced understanding demonstrated. 

Very good understanding demonstrated.  

Good understanding demonstrated.  

Adequate or basic understanding demonstrated.  

Inadequate or inappropriate understanding.  

Demonstrates the ability to write an assignment clearly that shows the overall synthesis of and cohesiveness, strength and logic of the argument, with appropriate citation and referencing within the word limit. (   /5 Marks)

Excellent synthesis and argument.  Excellent writing and extensive referencing within the word limit. 

Very good synthesis and argument.  Very good writing and comprehensive referencing within the word limit. 

Good synthesis and argument.  Good writing and good referencing within the word limit. 

Adequate or basic synthesis and argument.  Adequate writing or referencing within the word limit. 

Inaccurate or limited synthesis or argument.  Inadequate writing and referencing and or not in the word limit. 

 


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Identify the major principles inherent within the AASW code of ethics
  • Apply the code of ethics to professional practice contexts
  • Critically analyse modernist and post modernist approaches to ethical dilemmas
  • Analyse differing contexts for ethical practice and apply the ethical use of self and appropriate self care strategies within a range of these practice contexts


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Cross Cultural Competence
  • Ethical practice

Academic Integrity Statement

As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

When you use the ideas, words or data of others in your assessment, you must thoroughly and clearly acknowledge the source of this information by using the correct referencing style for your unit. Using others’ work without proper acknowledgement may be considered a form of intellectual dishonesty.

Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in your university study ensures the CQUniversity qualification you earn will be valued as a true indication of your individual academic achievement and will continue to receive the respect and recognition it deserves.

As a student, you are responsible for reading and following CQUniversity’s policies, including the Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure. This policy sets out CQUniversity’s expectations of you to act with integrity, examples of academic integrity breaches to avoid, the processes used to address alleged breaches of academic integrity, and potential penalties.

What is a breach of academic integrity?

A breach of academic integrity includes but is not limited to plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, cheating, contract cheating, and academic misconduct. The Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure defines what these terms mean and gives examples.

Why is academic integrity important?

A breach of academic integrity may result in one or more penalties, including suspension or even expulsion from the University. It can also have negative implications for student visas and future enrolment at CQUniversity or elsewhere. Students who engage in contract cheating also risk being blackmailed by contract cheating services.

Where can I get assistance?

For academic advice and guidance, the Academic Learning Centre (ALC) can support you in becoming confident in completing assessments with integrity and of high standard.

What can you do to act with integrity?