EDSE12023 - Individuals, Families & Communities

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit, you will engage in authentic learning experiences that introduce you to the policies, ideologies and practices that underpin the Home Economics discipline. Internationally, the profession focuses on achieving optimal and sustainable health and wellbeing for individuals, families and communities in their everyday living environments. To understand this professional aim, you will explore policy texts and social trends that impact on the health and wellbeing of individuals, families and communities and develop the skills to interact with service organisations that support people in challenging times. You will select a local community-based experience to examine social innovation in action. Through guided self-reflective practice, you will explore how to develop meaningful relationships with self and others, and how to take action and implement positive change in people's lives in professional, ethical and culturally appropriate ways.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA 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 1 - 2024

Term 1 - 2024 Profile
Mixed Mode

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 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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Report 30%
2. Project (applied) 30%
3. Reflective Practice Assignment 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 1 - 2023 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 66.67% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 40.00% 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 survey
Expectations about the community-service task need to be more clearly outlined in the assessment and in Moodle
Revise expectations about community service in the assessment and Moodle content.
Action Taken
External review has been initiated for clarification of assessment and content.
Source: Student surveys and direct emails to UC
Support from Academic staff
Continue to provide support to students.
Action Taken
Support provided to students.
Source: Student survey
Align content and assessment with current school-based requirements
Unit to undergo review with UC and external stakeholder to ensure content currency and assessment alignment.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Critically evaluate a range of policy texts and social trends pertaining to individuals, families and communities
  2. Critically analyse complex factors that impact health and wellbeing for individuals, families and communities
  3. Identify and communicate with service organisations that support individuals, families and communities in a changing society
  4. Interact with individuals and service organisations in professional, ethical and culturally appropriate ways
  5. Reflect on relevant points of view (perspectives) and on how alternative perspectives impact the health and wellbeing of individuals, families and communities.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Report
2 - Project (applied)
3 - Reflective Practice Assignment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10