SOWK12009 - Casework and Case Management

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit presents the casework and case management methods as one of several choices for the delivery of social work services in Australia. Students should be able to examine the historical context of the development of casework and case management and analyse the impact of various social work theories on the application of different casework and case management methods to practice contexts. Students should be able to analyse and apply casework and case management methodologies to various scenarios and to critique those applications through the lens of cultural awareness. Students will be required to attend and participate in assessable tasks in the relevant residential school to complete the requirements of this unit


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

SOWK11012 Introduction to Social Work A and SOWK11013 Introduction to Social Work B or SOWK11015 Professional Communication in Human Services

Co-requisite for CG79 Bachelor of Social Work is SOWK12008 Theories of change for Professional Practice 1

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 2 - 2019

Term 1 - 2020 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. Written Assessment 30%
2. Practical Assessment 30%
3. Written Assessment 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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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: Residential Evaluations
Simulated learning activities at residenital school were interesting and challenging
Continue to deliver simulated activities in the residential school
Action Taken
Simulation formed the basis of the intensive residential school in Noosa
Source: Student evaluation feedback
Greater clarity in the initial stages of term
The addition of a standalone recording outlining the unit expectations
Action Taken
Source: Student evaluation feedback
Clearer assessment feedback requested by students
Explore in-house marking options
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe and interpret the philosophical assumptions that underpin various approaches to casework and case management
  2. Compare and contrast the application of influential social theories to simulated social work case scenarios
  3. Select and justify an application of different social work methods to social work case scenarios
  4. Apply appropriate cross cultural awareness skills and knowledge to case work and case management contexts with indigenous peoples
  5. Analyse their performance from feedback drawn from their involvement in professional learning contexts

This unit addresses the AASW Practice Standards Objectives 1,2 and 5

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Practical Assessment
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
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 - Written Assessment
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Written Assessment