DFVP20008 - Leadership and Management in Domestic and Family Violence Practice

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will provide you with opportunities to develop advanced knowledge of management and leadership styles within the non-government organisation health and human services sector, with a focus on domestic and family violence organisations. It builds on the knowledge and skills acquired in previous units with a specific focus on organisational contexts and practices. Using a gendered approach, critical use is made of evidence-based research and practice and policy documents addressing management and leadership requirements in this sector. You will explore a range of governance considerations, financial accountability and legislative requirements pertinent to the domestic and family violence sector. You will consider ethical, professional and self-management implications for practice.


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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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2019

Term 2 - 2020 Profile

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. Written Assessment 40%
2. Written Assessment 60%

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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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: Self-reflection
Student engagement in online environment
Establishment of 'Virtual Office Hours' for face-to-face interaction with fellow students and staff to encourage connection and a sense of community
Action Taken
Students were encouraged to engage through sharing insight of self-directed learning activities and weekly personalised emails. Virtual Office Hours were not utilised.
Source: Student feedback
Student evaluation - practice-based assessments were valued
Continue to design practice-based assessments (real-world relevance)
Action Taken
Source: Student feedback
Student experience - Personal contact through phone calls / student experience was positive
Continue to use announcements through the general discussion forum, regular posts, and personalised emails and phone calls
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Examine the difference between leadership and management particularly as these concepts apply in domestic and family violence contexts.
  2. Interpret and explain key leadership and management theories that underpin non government organisation health and human services.
  3. Analyse key leadership and management challenges and practices within non-government organisation health and human services policy environments, with a focus on the intersection of gender, ethnicity and culture.
  4. Evaluate key accountabilities required of leaders and managers in non-government organisation health and human services.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
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 - Written Assessment