SOWK14006 - Professional Leadership in Human Services

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit provides students with an overview of the ideas and practices of contemporary management and leadership and relates these to social work practice. Students should be able to critically analyse the role of social worker as a manager, evaluate management and leadership approaches, and explore alternative leadership strategies to assist in the integration of social work values and ethics alongside the role of the manager and specific agency requirements for the delivery of services. Students should be able to propose leadership models appropriate to social work practice contexts and provide relevant strategies to promote social work values and ethics, and colloborative leadership. Students will have opportunities in this unit to integrate their learning with experiences in the workplace or field education.

Details

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

Successful completion of 48 credit points in any course and ability to draw on experience from field placement or work in human services.

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
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 50%
2. Written Assessment 50%

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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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 Survey Personal feedback
Feedback
Students reported that they enjoyed the zoom sessions.
Recommendation
Continue to provide zoom sessions
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student survey
Feedback
A couple of students reported that they felt there was too much content to cover in the unit which included reading requirements.
Recommendation
To review the unit content
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student survey
Feedback
A couple of students reported concerns about the clarity of the assessment tasks.
Recommendation
To review the assessment tasks
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Course evaluation
Feedback
Students enjoyed the wide range of learning resources and the interaction by the lecturer in the weekly group discussions.
Recommendation
Use interactive teaching strategies to encourage student participation in course activities.
Action Taken
Continued to use interactive learning activities in course such as group discussions which involved the lecturer; audio visual materials; and self assessment tools
Source: Verbal feedback
Feedback
Some students reported that they found the text book difficult to understand.
Recommendation
Continue to review text books.
Action Taken
Reviewed text books
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Critically evaluate contemporary approaches to management within organisations where social work is practised including the trends and theories influencing these approaches.
  2. Propose an ongoing management plan appropriate to social work practice contexts that promotes the integration of social work values and ethics and collaborative leadership, along with the role of manager/leader and specific agency requirements for service delivery.
  3. Critically evaluate the limitations and potential of these proposals.
  4. Produce appropriate leadership strategies for different cultural contexts including working in Indigenous contexts.
  5. Create a personalised leadership framework appropriate to social work practice for ongoing critical reflection.
  6. Critically reflect on leadership qualities and skills and articulate insights gained for future social work practice.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
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
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