Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitDepartment of Social Work
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2014 (Day)
Caulfield First semester 2014 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Deborah Western


This unit requires students to work in groups, develop a relationship with a community organisation and develop a group based project. 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, group leadership and facilitation and managing group dynamics. Students will also learn to establish and negotiate relationships with organisational 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.


  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 organisation 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


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

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Workload requirements

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

Off-campus attendance requirements

Mandatory attendance is required by off-campus students for a 2 day workshop which is held at the Caulfield campus in early April (date to be advised at the beginning of semester one).

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