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SOWK13011 - Community Practice

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This course is designed so that students should be able to compare different approaches to community practice and provide students with the relevant knowledge and skills to critically analyse contexts for community work. Students should then develop appropriate strategic social work responses in a range of differing contexts, including different cultural contexts. Students will be required to collate feedback about their professional performance from their lecturer and from other sources, evaluate this feedback and include appropriate strategies in their learning contracts for Fieldwork Education 2 Participation in the relevant residential school is a requirement for successful completion of this course.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

SOWK13010 Intergrating Theory & Practice 1 or (SOWK11010 Social Work Skills & Methods A and SOWK11011 Social Work Skills & Methods B and SOWK19014 Social Work Theory & Prac IIA and SOWK19015 Social Work Theory & Prac IIB).

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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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2013

Term 2 - 2017 Profile
Distance
Term 2 - 2018 Profile
Distance
Term 2 - 2019 Profile
Online
Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Online
Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Online
Term 2 - 2022 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. Written Assessment 25%
2. Written Assessment 35%
3. Written Assessment 40%
4. Portfolio 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

Term 2 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.6 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 51.72% 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'
Feedback
Zoom sessions at a time that suits the majority of students.
Recommendation
A survey will be sent in week 1 of term asking students to select the best time for zoom sessions.
Action Taken
Week 1 Survey sent to students to ascertain favoured times for Zoom sessions and sessions arranged accordingly
Source: Verbal feedback; formal evaluation responses
Feedback
Assessment 1 identified as onerous, being 3 forum posts on three different topics - a lot of research and work required
Recommendation
Discuss whether to change assessment requirement
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Verbal feedback, reflections from students within assessment 1, formal evaluation response
Feedback
Week 1 readings identified as overwhelming and confronting (Ife 2016 first chapter, crisis focused)
Recommendation
Week one to be more general introduction to community practice
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Verbal feedback, formal evaluation response
Feedback
Introduce ABCD earlier in semester (currently week 9) seen as an important and highly relevant perspective, particularly for assessment 2 due week 6
Recommendation
Rearrange order of weekly topics to reflect usefulness for assessments
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Formal evaluation response (x2)
Feedback
Tutorials requested - on campus and via Zoom.
Recommendation
Weekly Zoom sessions can be offered as tutorials if required (student preference this semester was for discussion of topics rather than delivering a powerpoint on the week's topic) Covid-19 restrictions prohibited on campus tutorials
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Critically analyse ideas of community and a range of community work models for practice.
  2. Discuss the relevance of community work methods to previous practice experience.
  3. Compare a range of strategies that provide useful outcomes for specified community based contexts and evaluate their usefulness.
  4. Integrate cultural competency skills working within the community including working within indigenous contexts.
  5. Evaluate contextual strategies to alleviate shortcomings in community based practice.
  6. Evaluate 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 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Portfolio
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 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Portfolio