SOWK12012 - Organisational Practice

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Organisations are encountered on a daily basis and impact on the lives of the people and communities with who social workers work. There are a range of variations and types of human service organisations located within the social, political and cultural context that provide a vehicle for the implementation of policy and provision of human services by the welfare state. With social work practice predominantly taking place in and shaped by organisational context, developing an effective organisational practice is critical to the achievement of the aims and values of the social work profession. In this unit, you will develop knowledge of different organisational theoretical models to facilitate your ability to analyse and creatively consider organisational and system change and development, and apply strategies to promote social and welfare work values of social justice and realise the equality of opportunity in the provision of services to clients.


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

Successful completion of 48 credit points in any course.

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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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 discussion forum 15%
2. Report 35%
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
Students found the Moodle site easy to navigate and the course resources and feedback supportive of their learning.
Continue to provide weekly study topics and resources and feedback.
Action Taken
Unit structure retained.
Source: Student evaluation and lecturer reflection.
Further clarification needed on Assessment 2, and the introduction of a third assessment to sustain student engagement and provide a varied student experience.
There were a range of resources, information and support provided with reference to assessment including; additional information documents and templates, live and recorded assessment collaborate sessions, along with the opportunity for students to present their assessment research for feedback from the lecturer. The course coordinator will consider varied and graduated student learning methods for the promotion of student engagement in the course throughout the term.
Action Taken
Changes to assessments were made with the inclusion of a third assessment. Students had the opportunity to work in small groups; this facilitated increased engagement with the unit learning and peers.
Source: Student evaluation.
Students enjoyed the ability to apply their reading and learning in the unit to the 'real world' through the research and study of local human service organisation.
Retain assessment tasks that support students to make connections between organisational theory, knowledge, and skills with direct practice.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Research and analyse different organisational theoretical models within the context of broader sociological theories of social systems and change, and apply those models to human service organisations
  2. Analyse a range of variations of organisational types and context, and evaluate their relative limitations and potential in delivering human service organisational goals and social work objectives and values
  3. Evaluate the appropriateness of organisational models for different cultural contexts including working in Indigenous contexts
  4. Identify and apply appropriate strategies, consistent with professional values and ethics, for the resolution of dilemmas in organisational practice contexts.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Online discussion forum
2 - Report
3 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
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 discussion forum
2 - Report
3 - Written Assessment