SOWK11014 - Contemporary Human Services

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will introduce you to social work and human services in Australia and a changing context for human services within the information society. You will develop an understanding of the history and cultural context of social work and welfare work within the Australian welfare state and how services are currently organised and delivered. You should be able to conceptualise social justice, inequality and marginalisation and their relevance to professional practice in social work and welfare work. You will understand the nature and goals of social work and human services as helping professions within this context, what characterises these professions and their fields and methods of practice. Particular emphasis will be placed on how access to information and the skills required to use information effectively can be an important dimension in addressing disadvantage, oppressive power and exclusion in the post industrial society. You are required to attend compulsory residential school or compulsory weekly on-campus tutorials in order to achieve specific learning outcomes of the unit.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
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.
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Residential School Compulsory Residential School
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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2019

Term 1 - 2019 Profile
Bundaberg
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton

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. Online Quiz(zes) 10%
2. Online discussion forum 10%
3. Online discussion forum 15%
4. Online discussion forum 25%
5. Written Assessment 40%
6. On-campus Activity 0%

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 Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.8 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 41.54% 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 emails and 'Have your say'
Feedback
There were some students who felt that the requirements for assessment were unclear. There was also a suggestion that it would be beneficial to receive feedback earlier in the term.
Recommendation
There have been changes made to the assessment items. The weighting of some assessments has changed and the first written assessment will be three online posts rather than an essay.
Action Taken
Assessment items were changed and assessment tasks were scaffolded for continuous feedback.
Source: 'Have your say'
Feedback
The introduction of the 'You Can't Ask That' panel was very well received and valuable to students.
Recommendation
Continue with 'You Can't Ask That' across all on-campus locations in 2019.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: 'Have your say'
Feedback
The final assessment required more explanation.
Recommendation
The final assessment will be changed for 2019. Students will receive additional information about this assessment early in the term.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe contemporary human services in Australia, their historical origins and how they are currently organised and delivered
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the concepts of social justice and inequality in Australia and their relevance to professional social work and human services
  3. Explain the characteristics and goals of social work and welfare work as helping professions within the context of social justice and inequality
  4. Articulate the key values, ethics, principles and models of practice that characterise social and welfare work
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of reflective practice.
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of referencing formats for the AGPS Harvard system.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Online discussion forum
3 - Online discussion forum
4 - Online discussion forum
5 - Written Assessment
6 - On-campus Activity
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
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
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Online discussion forum
3 - Online discussion forum
4 - Online discussion forum
5 - Written Assessment
6 - On-campus Activity