Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 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.

Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Social Work


Dr Deborah Western



  • First semester 2016 (Day)
  • First semester 2016 (Off-campus)


This unit requires students to work in groups, develop a relationship with a community group or 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.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  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 community group or 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.


Group project report (1,500 words) (30%)
Group presentation (15%)
Critical reflection and analysis essay (2,500 words) (55%)

Students must pass the critical reflection and analysis essay in order to pass the unit.

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.

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Off-campus attendance requirements

Mandatory attendance is required by off-campus students for a 2 day workshop which is held during semester one's mid-semester break at the Caulfield campus (date to be advised at the beginning of semester one).

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