SOWK12012 - Organisational Practice

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Organisations are encountered on a daily basis and shape the lives of people and communities, including service-users, clients and social workers themselves. A variety of human service organisations are located within complex social, political and cultural contexts; these, in turn, 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. You will also develop and apply strategies to promote social and welfare work values of social justice and action the equality of opportunity in the provision of services to clients.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
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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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2022

Term 1 - 2022 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

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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%).

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 2.9 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 29.41% 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: Have Your Say quantitative data
Lack of clarity about requirements of assessment tasks.
Create direct links to ALC documents and resources on the main Moodle page relevent to assessment tasks. Provide more information about the assessment tasks and include a greater number of assessment types with one assignment to be submitted earlier in the term to allow for any concerns with student's written ability to be identified earlier than previously.
Action Taken
These were not actioned and are still highly relevant to enhance the quality of the unit.
Source: Have Your Say qualitative feedback
Better use of Zoom teaching.
Convene Zoom meetings earlier than scheduled in this unit and ensure they are recorded to facilitate flexible learning.
Action Taken
Due to circumstances with the appointment of a casual Unit Coordinator late in the process this process was not followed at the beginning of the unit.
Source: E-mail feedback to the Head of Course
Students did indicate the assignments need to be spaced better throughout the unit
This feedback be acted upon and assessments be better spread throughout the unit.
Action Taken
Source: E-mail feedback to the Head of Course
Regular ZOOM sessions be planned from the beginning of the unit
This feedback be acted upon in preparing this unit in 2021 and regular ZOOM sessions be planned from the beginning of the unit.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes
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