SOWK13010 - Integrating Theory and Practice 1

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit provides students with the opportunity to compare various social work theoretical frameworks in the practice context; student should be able to analyse the implications of these differing approaches to practice and begin to devise their own practice framework and strategies. In this unit reflection on the outcomes and the consequences of the students own developing model of practice is a key focus. Students will be required to collate feedback concerning their ongoing educational performance from lecturers and other sources from their previous coursework and apply this to their Fieldwork Education 1 learning contract. Students will evaluate and implement this feedback in designing their learning contract for Fieldwork Education 2 Attendance at the relevant residential and participation in designated call back processes during placement is a requirement for this unit.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite: SOWK12011 Social Group Work and Family Work Co-requisite: SOWK13009 Fieldwork Education 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 3 - 2018

Term 1 - 2019 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. Presentation 10%
2. Written Assessment 20%
3. Written Assessment 20%
4. Written Assessment 50%
5. On-campus Activity 0%

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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

No previous feedback available

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: Students Have your Say x 3
Feedback
Further clarification around requirements of Assessment 3 - Focus Questions.
Recommendation
Provide examples and be more specific re: academic writing levels required.
Action Taken
Students were able to register for a small group zoom session to discuss their case studies and approach to the assessment. Students were able to complete the zoom session as part of their placement hours. A total of eight small group zoom sessions were offered. A summary of questions or concerns from the small group zoom sessions were provided to the whole student group. Timely detailed feedback was provided on Assessment 3 to inform the completion of Assessment 4. A previous student example was provided 2017 Unit Coordinator assessment feedback was made available. Two assessment overview recordings were made. Assessment forum questions were responded to promptly
Source: Student evaluation
Feedback
Students commented that the unit helped them make connections between the learning that has taken place over the previous three years of study in the social work program and direct practice.
Recommendation
The unit will continue to focus on supporting students make these connections from previous learning to their task of integrating theory into practice while on field placement.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student evaluation
Feedback
Further clarification required on assessment 3 and 4.
Recommendation
The unit coordinator in consultation with field education will review assessments in light of student feedback and workload while on field placement. Frameworks for the integration of theory into practice will be further incorporated to guide students through this process.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Evaluate professional social work theories and critique their application to different practice contexts at the fieldwork placement
  2. Analyse issues of professional power using social work ethics and values
  3. Critique their own application of cross cultural competencies including working with indigenous people
  4. Critically analyse personal and professional value dilemmas and responses that emerge on placement
  5. Evaluate the implementation of use of self and self care strategies within the placement context
  6. Determine the elements of a personal professional practice framework
  7. Evaluate their performance from feedback drawn from their involvement in Fieldwork Education 1 and post fieldwork units for inclusion in the Fieldwork Education 2 learning contract

Australian Association of Social Workers Education and Accreditation Standards

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Presentation
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Written Assessment
5 - On-campus Activity
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
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 - Presentation
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Written Assessment
5 - On-campus Activity