Course Outline

SWK705 Direct Practice 2

Course Coordinator:Zalia Powell (zpowell@usc.edu.au) School:School of Law and Society

2022Semester 1

USC Sunshine Coast

Blended learning Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.

Please go to the USC website for up to date information on the
teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?

Description

Social work is a dynamic area of professional practice. This course equips students with the knowledge and skills to actively contribute to a range of processes, which have relevance across a range of practice contexts. Such processes may include those related to collaboration and partnering within and across disciplinary, organisational and system boundaries, facilitation of developmental change processes or collective action, the mediation of conflict involving multiple parties, and the writing of well-founded social work reports and advice to assist decision making. Such processes often occur in practice contexts typified by social and systemic complexities and containing significant ethical challenges for social work. This course develops student capacity to explicitly identify, reflect on and respond to complexity and ethical challenges as they undertake these processes.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Learning materials – Online Learning Materials 1hr Orientation week 13 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Students will attend 3 x full day face-to-face workshops for skills development and assessment. Workshops begin in Orientation Week. 8hrs Orientation week 3 times

Course Topics

  • Assessment
  • Risk/Protective factors
  • Accurate record keeping
  • Treatment planning
  • Evidence informing decisions
  • Skills practice/demonstration

What level is this course?

700 Level (Specialised)

Demonstrating a specialised body of knowledge and set of skills for professional practice or further learning. Advanced application of knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to... Graduate Qualities Mapping Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming... Professional Standard Mapping * Australian Association of Social Workers
1 Make explicit the judgements and evidence informing decisions and actions that are documented accurate and comprehensive. Knowledgeable
Creative and critical thinker
Ethical
Engaged
1, 1.1, 1.2, 2, 2.2, 3, 4, 5, 5.1, 5.3, 5.4, 6, 6.1, 6.2, 7, 7.1, 7.2
2 Formulate and document a bio-psychosocial assessment, including risk and protective factors Knowledgeable
Creative and critical thinker
Ethical
Engaged
1, 1.1, 1.2, 2, 2.2, 3, 3.1, 4, 4.1, 4.2, 4.4, 5, 5.1, 5.3, 5.4, 6, 6.1, 7, 7.1, 7.2
3 Transfer, adapt and apply knowledge and skills in diverse contexts. Knowledgeable
Creative and critical thinker
Empowered
Ethical
Engaged
1, 3, 3.1, 4, 4.1, 4.2, 5, 5.1, 5.3, 5.4
4 Gather pertinent information by systematic questioning and discussions, incorporating the clients and service users’ perspective. Knowledgeable
Empowered
Ethical
Engaged
1, 1.1, 1.2, 2, 2.2, 3, 4, 4.1, 4.2, 4.4, 5, 5.1, 5.3, 5.4, 6, 6.1, 6.2
5 Ensure clients and service users know and understand their legal and moral rights and responsibilities. Knowledgeable
Empowered
Ethical
Engaged
1, 1.1, 1.2, 2, 2.1, 2.2, 3, 3.1, 4, 4.2, 4.3, 5, 5.1, 5.4, 6, 6.1, 6.2, 7, 7.1, 7.2
6 Apply critical thought and judgement in identifying, formulating and documenting assessment conclusions with intellectual independence. Knowledgeable
Creative and critical thinker
Empowered
Ethical
Engaged
1, 1.1, 1.2, 2, 2.1, 2.2, 3, 3.1, 4, 4.1, 4.2, 4.4, 5, 5.1, 5.3, 5.4, 6, 6.1, 6.2, 7, 7.1, 7.2

* Competencies by Professional Body

CODE COMPETENCY
Australian Association of Social Workers
1 Values and ethics
1.1 Practise in accordance with the AASW Code of Ethics
1.2 Manage ethical dilemmas and issues arising in practice
2 Professionalism
2.1 Represent the social work profession with integrity and professionalism
2.2 Behave in a professional manner and be accountable for all actions and decisions
3 Culturally responsive and inclusive practice
3.1 Work inclusively and respectfully with cultural difference and diversity
4 Knowledge for practice
4.1 Understand higher level systemic influences on people with respect to area of practice
4.2 Understand and articulate social work and other relevant theories and concepts
4.3 Understand the role of research and evaluation in obtaining and generating new knowledge for practice
4.4 Understand and articulate how and when theories, knowledge bases and knowledge sources inform practice
5 Applying knowledge to practice
5.1 Assess and analyse needs to inform practice
5.3 Use a range of social work methods and techniques appropriate to the area of practice
5.4 Apply critical and reflective thinking to practice
6 Communication and interpersonal skills
6.1 Communicate with a diverse range of people
6.2 Communicate the details and nature of the service offered to people
7 Information recording and sharing
7.1 Record and manage information appropriately
7.2 Keep and maintain information in accordance with ethical principles and relevant legislation

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the USC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.

Pre-requisites

SWK704

Co-requisites

Not applicable

Anti-requisites

Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Not applicable

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Limited Grading (PNP)

Pass (PU), Fail (UF). All assessment tasks are required to be passed for successful completion of the course.

Details of early feedback on progress

Students will receive early feedback in class prior to first assessment piece submission.

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Activity Participation Individual
3 x full day (8 hour) Workshops
Throughout teaching period (refer to Format) In Class
All 2 Written Piece Individual
500 words
Refer to Format Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 3 Oral Group
20 mins
Week 1 Online Submission
All 4 Written Piece Individual
1500 words
Week 5 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All - Assessment Task 1:Workshop Attendance and Participation
Goal:
AASW external accreditation requires mandatory attendance for skills based tutorials. Students must attend workshops and actively participate in all activities.
Product: Activity Participation
Format:
Course attendance will be recorded to meet external AASW accreditation requirements. Student participation and engagement in course activities assessed based upon attendance and participation across course workshop format.
Criteria:
No. Learning Outcome assessed
1
Critical reflection on evidence informing decisions and actions that are documented accurate and comprehensive.
1
2
Transfer, adapt and apply knowledge and skills in diverse contexts
3
All - Assessment Task 2:Social Work Case Note
Goal:
To draw on course readings, class activities and discussions to develop a social work case note.
Product: Written Piece
Format:
Written case note about the practice case study, to demonstrate your ability to accurately record the interaction. Case note to be submitted during workshops in Orientation Week.
Criteria:
No. Learning Outcome assessed
1
Identification of facts and record in a non-biased manner.
1 4 5 6
2
Demonstration of writing skills (clarity of expression, correct grammar, spelling and punctuation), logically structured, and coherently argued appropriately supported by relevant published literature.
1 6
All - Assessment Task 3:Social Work Assessment
Goal:
To elicit risk factors, protective factors and an intervention plan associated with a practice scenario.
Product: Oral
Format:
In groups, develop a brief social work assessment, including risk and protective factors, based on a practice case study. Record your brief assessment as a group oral presentation.
Criteria:
No. Learning Outcome assessed
1
Identification and outline of a range of risk and protective factors for the case study
1 2 3 4 6
2
Make explicit the judgements and evidence informing decisions and actions that are documented accurate and comprehensive.
1 2 3 4 5 6
3
Presentation of a clear, well-structured document to an 'emerging professional' level
1 4 6
4
Demonstration of writing skills (clarity of expression, correct grammar, spelling and punctuation), logically structured, and coherently argued appropriately supported by relevant published literature
1 2
All - Assessment Task 4:Social Work Assessment and Skills Analysis
Goal:
To demonstrate advanced social work skills.
Product: Written Piece
Format:
Critically reflect on a case study and develop a bio-psychosocial assessment and treatment plan that reflects advanced social work skills.
Criteria:
No. Learning Outcome assessed
1
Use of a range of social work theories and practice skills
1 2 3 4 5 6
2
Critical reflection of the interviewee reactions and outcomes
1 3 4 5 6
3
Presentation of a clear, well-structured document to an 'emerging professional' level
1 2 3 4 5 6
4
Demonstration of writing skills (clarity of expression, correct grammar, spelling and punctuation), logically structured, and coherently argued appropriately supported by relevant published literature
1 2 3 4 5 6

Directed study hours

A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Directed study hours may vary by location. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

There are no required/recommended resources for this course.

Specific requirements

Not applicable

How are risks managed in this course?

Health and safety risks for this course have been assessed as low. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

Limited Graded Course:

This course will be graded as Pass in a Limited Grade Course (PU) or Fail in a Limited Grade Course (UF) as per clause 4.1.3 and 4.1.4 of the Grades and Grade Point Average (GPA) - Institutional Operating Policy of the USC.

In a course eligible to use Limited Grades, all assessment items in that course are marked on a Pass/Fail basis and all assessment tasks are required to be passed for a student to successfully complete the course. Supplementary assessment is not available in courses using Limited Grades.

Assessment: Submission penalties

You must contact your Course Coordinator and provide the required documentation if you require an extension or alternate assessment.

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Study help

For help with course-specific advice, for example what information to include in your assessment, you should first contact your tutor, then your course coordinator, if needed.

If you require additional assistance, the Learning Advisers are trained professionals who are ready to help you develop a wide range of academic skills. Visit the Learning Advisers web page for more information, or contact Student Central for further assistance: +61 7 5430 2890 or studentcentral@usc.edu.au.

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