Professional Practice Processes and Assessment

Queensland University of Technology

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Professional Practice Processes and Assessment

  • Host University

    Queensland University of Technology

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Multicultural Studies, Social Work

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Human service and social work students must build foundational knowledge and skills in core practice processes and assessment. This unit begins that foundation through focusing on integration of theory and practice. Because of its importance in preparing you to undertake professional placements, the unit is strategically located in second year. Understanding and reflecting on cultural diversity will be an embedded feature of this unit.
    Learning Outcomes
    To successfully complete this unit, you will:
    1. Describe core practice processes and critically analyse their application to real-world social work and human services contexts;
    2. Identify psychosocial assessment techniques and critique their application in a real-world social work and human service practice context;
    3. Critically apply and justify, core processes and assessment techniques to social work and human service contexts, situations and problem-based scenarios;
    4. Identify how cultural and other sources of diversity and complexity influence the choice and use of the core processes and assessment tools.
    The unit has a focus on the development of knowledge and skills necessary for social work and human services practice. Practitioners draw on practice literature and applied skills to make informed decisions around the most appropriate processes and assessment tools to use.
    The unit is divided into three modules:
    Module One: Foundations of 'Helping and Professional Practice -
    • Nature, theory and practice of 'helping'
    • Communication for professional practice
    • Access and engagement processes in the helping relationship
    Module Two: Foundations of Assessment:
    • Fundamentals of assessment
    • Psychosocial assessment techniques
    • Application to real-world practice contexts
    Module Three: Planned Change and Practice Processes:
    • Planning for change
    • Intervention - managing change and barriers to change
    • Review, evaluation and closure
    Approaches to Teaching and Learning
    The unit uses mixed modes of teaching and integrated learning. Each week you will attend on-campus formal lectures (1.5hours) and interactive tutorials (1.5 hours). Lectures and tutorial workshops will involve a discussion on key material relating to professional practice processes and assessment and incorporate guest presenters, multimedia (power point, video material, podcasts), class discussions and interactive activities. It is expected that you will engage in experiential and case study-based activities during the tutorial workshops and some online activities between the tutorial workshop sessions. The unit will be supported by a Blackboard site and by online tools such as a discussion forum and podcasts. You will also be encouraged to link lecture material to real-world practice.
    Assessment name: Written Report
    Description: Devise and critically evaluate a change-process strategy by applying each of the processes involved in providing service delivery to individuals, families and groups within that real-world practice context (2000-2500 words).
    Relates to objectives: 1, 3, 4
    Weight: 40
    Internal or external: Internal
    Group or individual: Individual
    Due date: End of Semester
    Assessment name: Project (Applied)
    Description: Client Folder. Written record of psychosocial assessment method based on a real-world practice context, which contains the identification of a presenting problem, strategy and expected outcome with attached casenote file.
    Relates to objectives: 1,2, 3 & 4
    Weight: 50
    Internal or external: Internal
    Group or individual: Individual
    Due date: Mid-semester
    Assessment name: Online take home exam
    Description: Through short answer and scenario analysis, you will describe core practice processes, identify psychosocial assessment techniques and critically analyse, justify their application to real-world social work and human services contexts.
    Relates to objectives: 1,2,3 & 4
    Weight: 10
    Internal or external: Internal
    Group or individual: Individual
    Due date: Mid-Semester

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