SOWK11016 - Human Services and Statutory Contexts

General Information

Unit Synopsis

You will examine the relationship between human services and statutory contexts, and will develop an understanding of the importance of integrating knowledge of statutory systems and processes with human services practice and professional ethics. You are introduced to the origins of the statutory contexts for human service in Australia, and to the role which human service practitioners are required to play within these contexts. Particular statutory areas are explored in some detail.


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.

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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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2018

Term 2 - 2019 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 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) 50%
2. Group Discussion 0%
3. Written Assessment 50%

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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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
The requirements of Assessment 3 need further clarification.
There were three Assessment 3 zoom sessions provided throughout term. These sessions provided students with the opportunity to come along and discuss their chosen topic with the unit coordinator and their peers, and seek clarification on areas. Student comments in the evaluation indicate that students who attended these sessions found them to be very helpful. Students will be encouraged to attend these sessions and or view the recordings. In light of the feedback the unit coordinator will also review the assessment task and criteria.
Action Taken
Assessment zoom sessions were provided. In addition, there were three assessment 3 zoom sessions, providing students with the opportunity to come along and discuss their chosen practice area. Further detail and definitions of terms in the Assessment 3 task were provided in the Unit Profile.
Source: Student evaluation.
Students would like to see some of the online lectures updated.
Review and update online lectures.
Action Taken
Lectures are continually being updated.
Source: Unit coordinator and student evaluation.
While the majority of students enjoy the engaged learning and early feedback of the eFIL assessment tasks, reviewing the number and timing of the eFIL assessments are recommended; delaying the commencement of the first eFIL assessment in response to late student enrolments and orientation.
Review the timing and number of eFIL assessment tasks with written assessment tasks.
Action Taken
Source: Student feedback.
Further clarification of the requirements of the eFIL Group Discussion Assessment and Group Discussion forum is necessary.
Greater detail in the eFIL Group Discussion assessment criteria will be provided. Changing the name of the Discussion forums will alleviate student confusion.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Explain the origins of the statutory frameworks within which human service workers practice
  2. Articulate the difference between criminal and civil statutory processes and law
  3. Differentiate between the discrete jurisdictions within statutory systems with reference to the roles which human service workers are required to implement
  4. Explain how statutory systems impact on the work of human services workers, clients, organisations and the community
  5. Explain the interaction of statutory systems and processes with professional codes of ethics in human service practice.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Group Discussion
3 - Written Assessment
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
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 - Group Discussion
3 - Written Assessment