SOWK12014 - Ethical Professional Practice

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit presents ethical theories and principles and their relationship to social work professional practice in human services. Students should be able to demonstrate knowledge of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) and the Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA) codes of ethics and explore ethical decision making in relation to different practice contexts. Students should also be able to analyse the role of personal and professional value systems and their place in various practice settings, and the legal and organisational context of social / welfare work. Students should be able to identify and engage appropriate use of self and self care strategies by students in the professional context as a component of devising an ethical professional framework for future practice. The students should be able to analyse the ethics of practice within differing cultural contexts and devise appropriate strategies of intervention.


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.

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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2019

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

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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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Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.6 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 52.08% 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 evaluation
Students asked for assessment items to be returned earlier.
Individual assessment grades and feedback were returned within or earlier than the allocated time frame for marking. While waiting for individual grades and feedback, students will be encouraged to read the early general feedback provided to the whole student group in planning their response to the next discussion topic.
Action Taken
Students were provided with early feedback in the term, with the first two group discussions returned within a week of the assessments being submitted.
Source: Student evaluation and unit coordinator observations.
There was a decrease in numbers of students attending zoom sessions despite the unit coordinator making varying session times and posting reminders.
A brief overview of the main discussion points and learning insights from the weekly tutorial sessions will continue to be provided. Given the low level of attendance to zoom sessions, other methods for engaging students in the discussion of weekly content will be explored. Assessment zoom sessions will continue to be recorded and made available on the Moodle site.
Action Taken
Assessment zoom sessions remain the most popular with students. In light of this, an additional assessment zoom session was provided for assessment 3.
Source: Student evaluation
Students have stated they would like the first two assessments due dates spaced out.
The unit coordinator will explore whether it is possible to make the assessment 2 due date later in the term.
Action Taken
Source: Student evaluation
Students consistently express overwhelming satisfaction with their learning, resources and level of engagement with their peers and the unit coordinator in this unit.
This feedback will be incorporated in the review of assessment activities.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes
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