DFVP20001 - Domestic and Family Violence Theories and Perspectives

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This foundation unit will introduce you to core concepts in the field of domestic and family violence practice including the influence of socio-political structures, particularly as they impact on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. There is a specific focus on investigating terminology issues and the prevailing understanding of domestic and family violence at state, national and global levels. Critical use is made of contemporary research, and practice and policy documents that address domestic and family violence (including intimate partner violence and the abuse of children, older persons, parents, siblings and animals). You will explore legal and safety considerations that arise from working in this context and consider ethical, professional and self-management implications for practice.

Details

Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 8
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2020

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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).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate 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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Portfolio 30%
2. Portfolio 30%
3. Written Assessment 40%

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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.8 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 54.17% response rate.

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.

Source: Student feedback
Feedback
Students noted that they wanted more personal practical relevance in the assessment items, as they weren't able to see the connection between the assignment and their daily work practices
Recommendation
Alter assessment items so they focus more specifically on the student's workplace rather than workplaces in general.
Action Taken
The assessment items were altered - students were asked to reflect on their own current or future practice and how theories could be used to understand or assist that practice.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
Some of the student feedback highlighted that students valued the assessment templates and this assisted them to structure and write their assignments.
Recommendation
Continued use of assessment templates to assist student writing.
Action Taken
Templates were provided for each of the assignments. Students largely indicated that they appreciated the templates.
Source: Personal reflection
Feedback
When I ran the tutorials, I noticed that students who attended most highly valued the information on how to write the assignments.
Recommendation
Pre-record a video on each assignment to ensure that all students have access to information on writing the assignments whenever they choose to access that information.
Action Taken
I pre-recorded a video on each assignment and also ran tutorials where I repeated that same information.
Source: Personal reflection
Feedback
I believe that students appreciated the weekly announcements, as it gave them a sense of connection to the unit and kept them updated on important information for the unit.
Recommendation
Send weekly announcements to keep students engaged with the unit and informed on key issues beyond the assessment items.
Action Taken
I sent out weekly announcements to keep students engaged and updated on key happenings in the unit.
Source: Student Unit and Teaching Evaluation
Feedback
Nicola provided us with incredibly helpful information with lots of examples and templates to use. This is my first formal studies in about 23 years and have felt both very supported and that the unit was very informative and useful in my learning. The essays expanded my thoughts and evidence base of current strategies in Victoria and contemporary theories.
Recommendation
Continue to provide essay templates and maintain the focus in assessment on relevance to personal professional practice
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student Unit and Teaching Evaluation
Feedback
Each unit was very helpful for my DFV practice. I enjoyed the variety of assessment questions and presentations styles. Thank you for the after hours tutorials and for recording these.
Recommendation
Continue to allow students to choose theories to apply to their practice and continue providing live web tutorials.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student Unit and Teaching Evaluation
Feedback
The topic of this unit is interesting and was supported by a good range of readings. I liked the recorded lectures and lecture notes. By reading and listening, I felt more engaged with the content. Dr. Nicola was very approachable and knowledgeable. I also appreciated that, while being theory-based, the information was constantly drawn back to the application in practice.
Recommendation
Continue to provide a range of readings and recorded lectures. Continue connecting theory to professional practice.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student Unit and Teaching Evaluation
Feedback
Feedback on assignments was detailed and useful. The assignment questions were detailed and required a broad range of aspects to be considered in the assignments, this was somewhat difficult to do in the word count accepted.
Recommendation
Continue providing detailed feedback, but consider how the assessment items can be better scaffolded to direct students in completing the assignments and provide more resources on concise writing.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student Unit and Teaching Evaluation
Feedback
I did struggle with the powerpoint presentations and although I thought I followed the suggestions provided by Nicola I didn't seem to have grasped the intended ideas as well. Nicola is very open to questions however and did provide great feedback which I know I can ask more.
Recommendation
As a number of students noted the difficulty they faced in preparing the PowerPoint presentation, it is recommended that the utility of PowerPoint presentations be considered and whether this is an effective method of assessment going forward.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student Unit and Teaching Evaluation and personal communications
Feedback
Some students noted that they found it difficult to apply theory to their practice, particularly if they were not currently working or if they were not in a DFV-specific role.
Recommendation
As some students found it difficult to apply theory to their practice, more scaffolding will be provided around how to apply theory to practice in teaching and assessment items. The assessment instructions will more specifically reference that students can think of theory as it applies to their current practice or the future role they would like to enter, whether that role is DFV-specific or not, as everyone has a role in the response to DFV.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Critique the socio-political structures associated with domestic and family violence; particularly as they impact on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
  2. Identify and describe relevant research and other sources of data related to domestic and family violence integrating terminology appropriate to the field.
  3. Analyse the basis for contemporary theories of domestic and family violence, with a focus on gender.
  4. Evaluate a range of types of domestic and family violence and related impacts, theories, history and legislation.
  5. Examine the ethical and legal context of professional practice in domestic and family violence.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Portfolio
2 - Portfolio
3 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Portfolio
2 - Portfolio
3 - Written Assessment