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 - 2023

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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. Online Quiz(zes) 30%
2. Practical Assessment 50%
3. Online discussion forum 20%

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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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 55.32% 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 via email
Students enjoyed the opportunity to engage in the residential school via Zoom or face to face in response to COVID-19 issues.
The attendance adjustments were AASW (Australian Association of Social Workers) approved and only for the duration of the COVID-19 health and travel restrictions.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate an evidence-based effective helping relationship with a diverse range of clients and consumers applying appropriate techniques and skills for practice
  2. Critically evaluate and reflect on the skills and techniques demonstrated in the practical application of social work practice
  3. Communicate the strengths and limitations of IT-assisted communication as a mode of service delivery
  4. Demonstrate culturally safe, sensitive and competent social work practice.

This unit complies with the AASW ASWEAS (2020) in particular:

6.3.3 The learning outcomes from the professional practice skills training in accordance with the Graduate Attributes should include core professional competencies but are not limited to:

  • advanced oral communication skills and professional documentation
  • assessment, engagement and decision-making with individuals and groups
  • developing the personal and professional insight and emotional intelligence required for effective use of self as a professional

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Online discussion forum
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
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 10