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.

Details

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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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2018

Term 2 - 2019 Profile
Online

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. Group Discussion 30%
2. Written 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: Student evaluation
Feedback
Students asked for assessment items to be returned earlier.
Recommendation
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.
Feedback
There was a decrease in numbers of students attending zoom sessions despite the unit coordinator making varying session times and posting reminders.
Recommendation
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
Feedback
Students have stated they would like the first two assessments due dates spaced out.
Recommendation
The unit coordinator will explore whether it is possible to make the assessment 2 due date later in the term.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student evaluation
Feedback
Students consistently express overwhelming satisfaction with their learning, resources and level of engagement with their peers and the unit coordinator in this unit.
Recommendation
This feedback will be incorporated in the review of assessment activities.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify the major principles inherent within the AASW or ACWA codes of ethics.
  2. Apply the codes of ethics to professional practice contexts.
  3. Critically analyse modernist and post modernist approaches to ethical dilemmas.
  4. Analyse the ethical elements of cultural competence including working in Indigenous contexts and apply strategies to case study situations.
  5. Analyse differing contexts for ethical practice and apply the ethical use of self and appropriate self care strategies within a range of these practice contexts.
  6. Analyse your performance from feedback drawn from your involvement in professional learning contexts.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Group Discussion
2 - Written 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 6
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 - Group Discussion
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment