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NURS5100: Interprofessional Engagement With Families

Semester 2 Early, 2020 [Block mode] - Mallett Street, Sydney

Professionals from varied backgrounds routinely encounter families of clients/students/patients. Engagement with families may be crucial to improving our understanding and for optimising outcomes; however, this process can also be challenging and complex. This unit of study explores ideas and practices for working with families and other systems drawing on systemic, dialogical and reflective practice approaches. Students are invited to consider the relevance of the unit of study content to their own professional practice and draw on their professional and personal contexts to learn with and from each other.

Unit details and rules

Unit code NURS5100
Academic unit Nursing and Midwifery
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Niels Buus,
Lecturer(s) Kristof Mikes-Liu,
Vicky Bairstow,
Ben Ong,
Niels Buus,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment Assessment 5: Case essay
45% -
Due date: 09 Nov 2020 at 23:59
3000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Tutorial quiz Assessment 1: Online quiz 1
5% Week 06
Due date: 07 Sep 2020 at 23:59
1 hour
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3 LO2
Tutorial quiz Assessment 2: Online quiz 2
5% Week 11
Due date: 19 Oct 2020 at 23:59
1 hour
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO4 LO3 LO2
Assignment Assessment 4: Reflective essay
35% Week 11
Due date: 19 Oct 2020 at 23:59
3000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO4 LO3 LO2
Participation Assessment 3: Participation
10% Weekly
Due date: 09 Nov 2020 at 23:59
880 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO4 LO3 LO2

Assessment summary

  • Online quiz 1: Students will complete an online quiz relating to the course content for weeks 1 to 4 of the unit.
  • Online quiz 2: Students will complete an online quiz relating to the course content for weeks 5 to 9 of the unit.
  • Reflective essay: Students will submit an essay referring to their reflecting journal, participation in online discussions, study days, prescribed and other readings, and any other relevant experiences and materials.
  • Case essay: Students are required to present and discuss a de identified case description of their engagement with a family which they experienced as difficult or challenging.
  • Participation: Students are required to participate fully in at least 11 of the online discussions, contributing 80 words per week.

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100



75 - 84



65 - 74



50 - 64



0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

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For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Introductions and outline. Perspectives on the family and Genograms Online class (5 hr) LO1 LO4
Week 02 Observing a simulated family session Online class (5 hr) LO1 LO4
Week 03 The idea of family as system - Milan principles Online class (5 hr) LO1 LO4
Week 04 Ideas about change Online class (5 hr) LO1 LO4
Week 05 Cybernetics and change Online class (5 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4
Week 06 Bowen family systems theory Online class (6 hr) LO1 LO4
Online Study Day 1: More ideas about change Online class (6 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Online Study Day 2: The professional and the nature of change Online class (6 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 07 Reflection and dialogue - Personal and professional self Online class (5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 08 From families to networks Online class (5 hr) LO1 LO4
Week 09 Dialogue, monologue and polyphony Online class (5 hr) LO1 LO4
Week 10 Reflecting on work context Online class (5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 11 Ethical perspectives Online class (6 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4
Week 12 The use of reflection in supervision Online class (15 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Face-to-face Study Day 3: The use of reflection in supervision Lecture and tutorial (8 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Faca-to-face Study Day 4: Dialogue and polyphony as both network dialogue and inner dialogue Lecture and tutorial (8 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 13 Winding up Online class (20 hr)  

Attendance and class requirements

  • Attendance: Students undertaking this unit of study are required to attend all four on campus study days which complement online group activities.
  • Referencing style: The Sydney Nursing School has adopted the American Psychological Association (APA) Referencing style, 6th Edition, 2010 as its official referencing style. This is an author-date style of referencing.

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

All readings for this unit can be accessed through the Library eReserve, available on Canvas.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. draw on selected theoretical frameworks (including systemic and family therapy approaches) and reflection in order to understand the individual in the context of relationship especially as this relates to professional engagement with individuals and their families
  • LO2. demonstrate understanding of how your context can affect clinical and other professional relationships
  • LO3. demonstrate a developing capacity to engage with families where there is a range of different perspectives
  • LO4. demonstrate early development of an approach, informed by reflection, ethical principles, theory and other forms of evidence, for responding to complex relational issues that arise in families and networks encountered by professionals.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

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