SOWK14005 - Advanced Direct Practice

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit is designed to build on and strengthen the direct social work practice skills and knowledge you have developed throughout the course of your study in the social work program. It is an opportunity to enhance your critical analysis and evaluation of therapeutic models for social work practice, and demonstrate the practical application of a therapeutic approach at a level required of fourth year social work students preparing for final field placement.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 4
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

SOWK13011 Community Practice and SOWK13009 Field education 1 and SOWK13010 Integrating Theory and Practice 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 1 - 2020

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Mixed Mode
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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. On-campus Activity 0%
2. Practical Assessment 60%
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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.4 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 63.64% 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 enjoyed the self-directed learning aspects of the unit and the ability to choose the theories to focus on their assessment tasks.
Retain structure and choice in the unit.
Action Taken
The overall structure of the unit has had some slight changes made including increased zoom sessions, introduction of greater student autonomy and choice for practice approaches in assessment tasks.
Source: Student evaluation
While students continue to be highly satisfied with the learning experiences at residential school, feedback indicates students would like more opportunity to practice skills in this environment. Due to students being given a choice between two theories to demonstrate knowledge and skills in assessments, both theories were covered at residential school. This meant there was less time at residential school for students to focus on the application of each theory to practice.
Consideration will be given to the complexities of the theories chosen for study in the unit and planning of the residential school.
Action Taken
Changes were implemented to accommodate increased opportunities to practice skills at the residential school. Students selected the preferred practice theory prior to residential school and undertook more focused learning with increased time during the 3 day school. Overall student performance was improved as a result.
Source: Student feedback
Students valued the frequent and detailed zoom sessions related to assessment task requirements however greater clarity in the written task information would improve confidence and understanding in the first instance.
Review the assessment task description and details to ensure greater clarity around expectations. It is recommended that a minor change to the narrative transcript product to a critical evaluation written submission will address this issue. This change will improve the learning experience for students while addressing any ambiguity.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate a range of direct practice skills and techniques in the practical application of the chosen therapeutic approach
  2. Critically evaluate and reflect on the skills and techniques demonstrated in the practical application of the chosen therapeutic approach and developing social work practice
  3. Critically evaluate therapeutic models and their relevancy and practical application to social work practice contexts
  4. Critically evaluate therapeutic approaches and skills for different cultural contexts including working in Indigenous contexts.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - On-campus Activity
2 - Practical 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
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 - On-campus Activity
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Written Assessment