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Gold Coast Session 2 Session 1,  2
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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

24

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Pre-requisites

SOY10105 - Introduction to Social Welfare AND CSL00231 - Counselling Theory and Practice AND 48 credit points in the Bachelor of Social Welfare AND be admitted to the course: 3007268 - Bachelor of Social Welfare

Unit aim

Students are required to spend 200 hours in a welfare organisational setting under the supervision of an experienced field educator who assists the student to integrate theory with practice by creating a suitable learning environment.

Unit content

Topic 1. Developing a working relationship
Topic 2. Negotiation skills
Topic 3. Organisational structures, goals, culture, and change
Topic 4. Networking
Topic 5. Communication skills
Topic 6. Supervision
Topic 7. Financial systems and accountability
Topic 8. Legal rights and responsibilities
Topic 9. Program evaluation and accountability
Topic 10. Ethical dimensions of practice
Topic 11. Decision making
Topic 12. Interviewing skills
Topic 13. Role of the human services worker
Topic 14. Assessment skills
Topic 15. Teamwork
Topic 16. Skills for disengaging
Topic 17. Digital literacy

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 develop and maintain professional relationships
2 apply knowledge (research and theory) and skills to map the network of services within the social and community services sector
3 apply knowledge (research and theory) and skills to practice appropriate to the organisational context
4 apply knowledge (research and theory) and skills in assessing need and/or risk
5 participate in team processes and understand decision making frameworks
6 demonstrate an understanding of practice ethics
7 understand evaluation processes and undertake personal reflection in a human services context.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. develop and maintain professional relationships
    • GA3:
    • GA4:
    • GA6:
  2. apply knowledge (research and theory) and skills to map the network of services within the social and community services sector
    • GA4:
    • GA6:
  3. apply knowledge (research and theory) and skills to practice appropriate to the organisational context
    • GA4:
    • GA6:
  4. apply knowledge (research and theory) and skills in assessing need and/or risk
    • GA4:
    • GA6:
  5. participate in team processes and understand decision making frameworks
    • GA3:
    • GA4:
    • GA6:
  6. demonstrate an understanding of practice ethics
    • GA3:
    • GA5:
    • GA6:
  7. understand evaluation processes and undertake personal reflection in a human services context.
    • GA3:
    • GA4:
    • GA5:
    • GA6:

Prescribed texts

  • Cleak, H & Wilson, J , 2013, Making the Most of Field Placement, 3rd edn, Cengage, South Melbourne. ISBN: 9780170222433.
  • McDonald, C, Craik, C, Hawkins, L & Williams, J , 2011, Professional Practice in Human Service Organisations, Allan & Unwin, Crows Nest. ISBN: 9781742370392.
  • O’Connor, I, Wilson, J, Setterlund, D & Hughes, M , 2008, Social Work and Human Service Practice, 5th edn, Pearson Longman, Frenchs Forest. ISBN: 9781741039061.

  • Cleak, H & Wilson, J , 2013, Making the Most of Field Placement, 3rd edn, Cengage, South Melbourne. ISBN: 9780170222433.
  • McDonald, C, Craik, C, Hawkins, L & Williams, J , 2011, Professional Practice in Human Service Organisations, Allan & Unwin, Crows Nest. ISBN: 9781742370392.
  • O’Connor, I, Wilson, J, Setterlund, D & Hughes, M , 2008, Social Work and Human Service Practice, 5th edn, Pearson Longman, Frenchs Forest. ISBN: 9781741039061.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.