Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedNot offered in 2012
Coordinator(s)Dr Deborah Western


This unit requires students to work in groups, develop a relationship with a community organisation and complete a project nominated by the agency. The unit has a focus on the theory and practice of groupwork, including the historical development of this social work method, planning and implementing a groupwork program, communication in groups, managing group conflict and group leadership. Students will also learn to establish and negotiate relationships with agency personnel in the field, analyse and manage group processes and successfully complete a 'real-world' group project. The unit will introduce students to community engagement, processes of project management and practice challenges in the field.


describe the stages of group development and types of groups

  1. Apply the stages of group development to the student group project
  2. Analyse the impact of different group leadership styles and processes
  3. demonstrate a beginning level of competence in group problem-solving strategies relevant to a range of social work contexts
  4. critically analyse all aspects of their own group experience through engaging in critical reflection
  5. Engage effectively with professionals in a nominated partner agency through the use of community engagement processes
  6. Articulate the features of an effective community engagement process
  7. Examine the group and project processes and outcomes through application of evaluation methods appropriate to a range of groupwork interventions


2 hurdle requirements
A structured reflective journal (2500 words) (assessing objectives 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5) (60%).
Contribution to a group project report (2000 words assessing objectives (6, 7 and 8) (40%).

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Deborah Western

Contact hours

The unit runs for 12 weeks. Students are expected to undertake 144 hours per semester study. Students are expected to use their study time to attend on-campus lectures and workshops, undertake tasks set out in Blackboard, which include set readings; and, to complete the assessment tasks.