DFVP20003 - Advanced Studies in Domestic and Family Violence Practice

General Information

Unit Synopsis

The unit will provide you with opportunities to develop specialist knowledge, in the context of domestic and family violence, of how victims, perpetrators and their families may change. The modalities to support/ guide change, the impact of “self” on the case work process, as well as the influences of culture, gender and power on interpersonal communication are explored in this unit. The ethical and social responsibilities that accompany working in this area are also identified. You will critically reflect on comparative methodologies relevant to researching domestic and family violence that can be applied to practice. You will be encouraged to develop a sense of professional identity and recognise the impact of undertaking this unit on your own professional practice and/or professional development through reflection.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 8
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
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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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2023

There are no availabilities for this unit on or after Term 2 - 2023

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

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3.6 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 29.63% 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: From student emails
Student experience was positive
Continue personalised student interaction and individual support
Action Taken
Personalised interactions and support continued to be offered.
Source: From student report
Students valued timely feedback, individual support and the approachability of the unit convenor
Continue providing timely and detailed feedback, and engaging in student support and encouragement
Action Taken
Detailed feedback and student support was engaged in.
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Students appreciated practice-based assessments
Continue to use practice-based assessment tasks
Action Taken
Practice-focused assessment tasks continued to be employed.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Analyse the theories underpinning different treatment perspectives in domestic and family violence contexts
  2. Evaluate a range of modalities to assist clients in domestic and family violence contexts, including their relevance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  3. Determine the impact of “self” on casework practice in domestic and family violence contexts
  4. Identify and respond to the needs of clients from diverse backgrounds in domestic and family violence contexts
  5. Apply ethical and social responsibilities to working with clients in domestic and family violence contexts.

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 8
1 - Portfolio
2 - Portfolio
3 - Written Assessment