SOWK14006 - Professional Leadership in Human Services
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This unit provides students with an overview of the ideas and practices of contemporary management and leadership and relates these to social work practice. Students should be able to critically analyse the role of social worker as a manager, evaluate management and leadership approaches, and explore alternative leadership strategies to assist in the integration of social work values and ethics alongside the role of the manager and specific agency requirements for the delivery of services. Students should be able to propose leadership models appropriate to social work practice contexts and provide relevant strategies to promote social work values and ethics, and colloborative leadership. Students will have opportunities in this unit to integrate their learning with experiences in the workplace or field education.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 4
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Successful completion of 48 credit points in any course and ability to draw on experience from field placement or work in human services.

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Distance

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 50%
2. Written Assessment 50%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
Students enjoyed the relevancy of the content to future social work practice. Additionally, students enjoyed the wide range of learning resources and the interaction by the lecturer in the weekly group discussions. Student evaluation Personal feedback Continue to engage students in interactive teaching strategies throughout the course
Some students reported that they did not like the text book. Student evaluation Review text book
Some students reported that the assessment items tried to cover too much scope Student evaluation Review scope of content covered in the assessment items
Students reported that they enjoyed the interactive group discussions and engagement by the lecturer in the group discussions Student evaluation Lecturer to continue to particpate in group discussions to encourgage interaction with the course content
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Critically evaluate contemporary approaches to management within organisations where social work is practised including the trends and theories influencing these approaches.
  2. Propose an ongoing management plan appropriate to social work practice contexts that promotes the integration of social work values and ethics and collaborative leadership, along with the role of manager/leader and specific agency requirements for service delivery.
  3. Critically evaluate the limitations and potential of these proposals.
  4. Produce appropriate leadership strategies for different cultural contexts including working in Indigenous contexts.
  5. Create a personalised leadership framework appropriate to social work practice for ongoing critical reflection.
  6. Critically reflect on leadership qualities and skills and articulate insights gained for future social work practice.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Written Assessment    
2 - Written Assessment      

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1. Communication
2. Problem Solving    
3. Critical Thinking
4. Information Literacy      
5. Team Work            
6. Information Technology Competence            
7. Cross Cultural Competence
8. Ethical practice

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment  
2 - Written Assessment  

Prescribed Textbooks

Social Work Management and Leadership: Managing complexity with creatively
Author/s: Lawler J., & Bilson, A. Year: 2010
Edition: Publisher: Routledge
City: London
Country: UK
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • Internet
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorPaloma Cesare (p.cesare@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Introduction to leadership

See Moodle - Study Schedule Week 1.

Commence weekly activities located in the study schedule on Moodle.

Week 2 13-03-2017

Management and leadership in the human services

See Moodle - Study Schedule Week 2.

Week 3 20-03-2017

Leadership, social work and practice contexts.

See Moodle - Study Schedule Week 3.

Week 4 27-03-2017

Leadership: Theoretical perspectives

See Moodle - Study Schedule Week 4.

Week 5 03-04-2017

Leadership and culture

See Moodle - Study Schedule Week 5.

Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017 Ethical leadership in human services

See Moodle - Study Schedule Week 6.

Contemporary Leadership in Human Services Due Friday (21 Apr 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 7 24-04-2017

Leadership, power and influence

See Moodle - Study Schedule Week 7.

Week 8 01-05-2017

Reflective practice for leadership

See Moodle - Study Schedule Week 8.

Week 9 08-05-2017

Leadership and change

See Moodle - Study Schedule Week 9.

Week 10 15-05-2017

Leadership: Relationships and collaboration

See Moodle - Study Schedule Week 10.

Week 11 22-05-2017

Leadership and evidence informed practice

See Moodle - Study Scehdule Week 11.

Week 12 29-05-2017

Leadership: Supervision and ongoing professional development

See Moodle - Study Schedule Week 12.

Leadership framework for human services Due Friday (02 Jun 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Contemporary Leadership in Human Services
Task Description

In this academic paper you are required to:

  • Critically analyse contemporary approaches to management in human service organisations and discuss the implications of these trends on social work practice which includes governance, markets and managerialism. Make specific reference to the context of practice in which you did field placement.
  • Discuss the differences or similarities between leadership and management.
  • Critically analyse and compare two leadership theories/approaches and evaluate the usefulness and relevancy of each to your field placement.

Include in your discussion:

  • The appropriateness of each approach when working in different cultural contexts with specific reference to working in Indigenous contexts.
  • The transferability of these approaches to other practice contexts giving consideration to the potentials and limitations.

Word Limit

1750 words (excluding references and appendices). You must remain within 10% of the word limit (maximum 1% of the mark will be deducted for every 100 words over or under this range).

Assessment Due Date Week 6 Friday (21-Apr-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 9 Monday (08-May-2017)
Uploaded online through Moodle
Weighting 50%
Assessment Criteria
  • Critically evaluate contemporary approaches to management within human service organisations and evaluates the difference between management and leadership.
  • Critically evaluate and compare two leadership theories/approaches.
  • Critically evaluate the usefulness of both leadership theories/approaches to other practice contexts and different cultural contexts, with specific reference to working in Indigenous contexts.
  • Critically analyse the leadersip theories/approaches in relation to the field placement experience.
  • Demonstrates synthesis and integration of literature, strength and logic of argument, correct spelling (Macquarie) and punctuation with appropriate citation and referencing (Harvard).
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Online through Moodle

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Critically evaluate contemporary approaches to management within organisations where social work is practised including the trends and theories influencing these approaches.

2. Propose an ongoing management plan appropriate to social work practice contexts that promotes the integration of social work values and ethics and collaborative leadership, along with the role of manager/leader and specific agency requirements for service delivery.

3. Critically evaluate the limitations and potential of these proposals.

4. Produce appropriate leadership strategies for different cultural contexts including working in Indigenous contexts.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

5. Team Work

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Leadership framework for human services
Task Description

You are required to create your leadership framework/plan and demonstrate its application to the social work practice scenario provided. Students will draw on their reflective practice of leadership this term and how these insights have influenced their leadership approach.

Role of Student

You are a social worker with a community care service provider. You work in a multidisciplinary team that comprises of professions from nursing, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, dietetics, speech therapy and social work. You have been assigned the case manager role for Mrs Jenkins aged 52 years, who was recently discharged from the rehabilitation ward at the local hospital after experiencing a stroke three months ago. You continue to receive mixed feedback from your team, Mrs Jenkins, her friends and family about Mrs Jenkins's wellbeing since her return home and the current care plan in place. You arrange a special case planning meeting to address these issues.

Product

In an academic paper demonstrate the application of your leadership approach/framework to the case scenario ensuring you:

  • Critically analyse the theories and approaches (including leadership theory) you might draw on, including your rationale for taking this approach.
  • Apply knowledge of social work values and ethics into your leadership approach and provide examples of how you would do this.
  • Critically evaluate your leadership approach including its potential and limitations.
  • Draw on your research and reflective practice for leadership during the unit to discuss how the insights you have gained has influenced your leadership approach.
  • Discuss the strengths and skills you bring to this situation and aspects that may be particularly challenging for you.
  • Identify areas in leadership requiring further development and develop strategies to help you address these in your first year of practice.

Word Limit

2000 words (excluding references and appendices). You must remain within 10% of the word limit (maximum 1% of the mark will be deducted for every 100 words over or under this range).

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Friday (02-Jun-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Exam Week Monday (12-Jun-2017)
Weighting 50%
Assessment Criteria
  • Creates a personalised leadership framework appropriate to the social work practice situation for ongoing critical reflection.
  • Demonstrates the integration of theory and social work values and ethics into the leadership plan.
  • Critically evaluates the leadership plan with reference to human services and social work practice contexts.
  • Critically reflects on leadership qualities and skills and articulates insights gained for scoial work practice.
  • Demonstrates synthesis and integration of literature, strength and logic of argument, correct spelling (Macquarie) and punctuation, with appropriate citation and referencing (Harvard).
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Online through Moodle

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

3. Critically evaluate the limitations and potential of these proposals.

5. Create a personalised leadership framework appropriate to social work practice for ongoing critical reflection.

6. Critically reflect on leadership qualities and skills and articulate insights gained for future social work practice.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

5. Team Work

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice




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