DFVP20005 - Men's Behaviour Change Interventions and Practice

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will provide you with opportunities to develop specialist knowledge of men’s behaviour change interventions and practice with a specific focus on working with voluntary and involuntary clients in domestic and family violence work. Critical use is made of evidence-based research, and practice and policy documents addressing issues related to working with users of violence. Research and writing on a selection of group work modalities and applied group work skills will be taught in this unit. You will explore legal and safety considerations that arise from working with this client group and consider ethical, professional and self-management implications for practice. You will learn more about domestic and family violence perpetration as it affects people from vulnerable populations, such as Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 8
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 10
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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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. Written Assessment 40%
2. Portfolio 30%
3. Portfolio 30%

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%).

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 50% 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 evaluation
Ensure feedback on assignments is returned to students within the 2 weeks after submission.
Unit coordinator to ensure marking and return of assignments is done within 10 working days as a priority.
Action Taken
Source: Student feedback
Increase flexibility for students in accessing zoom sessions
Record and download mini-lectures more frequently as students requested flexibility in accessing the zoom recordings rather than live sessions.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Examine the complexities of working with voluntary and involuntary clients who use violence in relation to the influence of gender, ethnicity and culture
  2. Identify defusion strategies for users of violence and reflect on the applicability of these approaches across a range of contexts
  3. Formulate strategies to address the safety issues for the family members of users of violence
  4. Analyse critically prevailing evaluation research on individual and group work modalities for working with users of violence
  5. Demonstrate the ability to apply, and reflect upon, legal, safety and ethical principles in working with users of violence.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Portfolio
3 - Portfolio
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
7 - Leadership
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Portfolio
3 - Portfolio