SOWK14005 - Advanced Direct Practice

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit is designed to build on and strengthen your direct social work practice skills, knowledge and techniques to effectively facilitate assessments and interventions. This unit focuses on the appropriate use of interpersonal communication skills and theoretical approaches for working in different contexts including culturally responsive practice. Through the practical application of relevant therapeutic approaches, you will demonstrate ability to provide accountable service in person and demonstrate knowledge of strengths and limitations of IT assisted communication such as telehealth as a mode of service delivery.


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

Pre-requisite conditions - 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 - 2022

Term 1 - 2022 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

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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%).

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 - 2019 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.4 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 67.74% 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 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
Assessment tasks addressed to remove the narrative transcript product. This action included consultation with the academic teaching team. The actions were supported.
Source: Student evaluation and feedback. Consultation with social work team.
Students enjoyed the regular zoom lectures and discussions in order to connect theory to practice. The assessment tasks were relevant to their practice and this should continue.
Continue regular zoom meetings with the class. Ensure assessments remain relevant to social work practice with a focus on clinical social work and evidence-based practice. Students are better prepared for the learning required the following term in the final year of the Bachelor of Social Work.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes
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