Professional Practice Processes and Assessment
Queensland University of Technology
Area of Study
Multicultural Studies, Social Work
Taught In English
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3 - 4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4 - 6
Hours & Credits
OverviewHuman 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 OutcomesTo successfully complete this unit, you will:
ContentThe 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 -
- Describe core practice processes and critically analyse their application to real-world social work and human services contexts;
- Identify psychosocial assessment techniques and critique their application in a real-world social work and human service practice context;
- Critically apply and justify, core processes and assessment techniques to social work and human service contexts, situations and problem-based scenarios;
- Identify how cultural and other sources of diversity and complexity influence the choice and use of the core processes and assessment tools.
Module Two: Foundations of Assessment:
- Nature, theory and practice of 'helping'
- Communication for professional practice
- Access and engagement processes in the helping relationship
Module Three: Planned Change and Practice Processes:
- Fundamentals of assessment
- Psychosocial assessment techniques
- Application to real-world practice contexts
Approaches to Teaching and LearningThe 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.AssessmentAssessment name: Written ReportDescription: 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, 4Weight: 40Internal or external: InternalGroup or individual: IndividualDue date: End of SemesterAssessment 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 & 4Weight: 50Internal or external: InternalGroup or individual: IndividualDue date: Mid-semesterAssessment name: Online take home examDescription: 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 & 4Weight: 10Internal or external: InternalGroup or individual: IndividualDue date: Mid-Semester
- Planning for change
- Intervention - managing change and barriers to change
- Review, evaluation and closure
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