Skip to main content
Unit outline_

SCWK4003: Issue Based Learning Unit 3

MBA Session 1, 2021 [Block mode] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

This unit is the third of a sequence of four Issue Based Learning units. It is of five weeks duration and is intended to develop further students' capabilities in the transfer of knowledge and independent work. It builds on the knowledge and skills gained in Field Education I and includes preparation for Field Education 2A and 2B.

Unit details and rules

Academic unit Social Work
Credit points 9
SCWK3005 or (SCWK3009 and SCWK3010) and SCWK3006 and SCWK3007 and SCWK3008
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Susan Heward-Belle,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Online task Professional Self Care Plan
Development of a Professional Self Care Plan
15% -
Due date: 15 Mar 2021 at 13:00

Closing date: 26 Apr 2021
1000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO6 LO8 LO7
Assignment Media Analysis
15% -
Due date: 29 Mar 2021 at 17:00

Closing date: 26 Apr 2021
1500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO6 LO8
Assignment group assignment Presentation project
Oral presentation
30% Please select a valid week from the list below
Due date: 05 Apr 2021 at 14:00

Closing date: 26 Apr 2021
1000 words, 20 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO4 LO6 LO7 LO8
Assignment Essay
40% Week 06
Due date: 05 Apr 2021 at 17:00

Closing date: 26 Apr 2021
2500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO7 LO5 LO3 LO2
group assignment = group assignment ?

Assessment summary

For full details of the assessments, please see 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.

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 The nature & extent of violence against women Lecture and tutorial (12 hr) LO1 LO2 LO8
Week 02 Legal and service system responses to violence against women Lecture and tutorial (12 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Week 03 Social work to promote child and family wellbeing Lecture and tutorial (12 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO6 LO7 LO8
Week 04 Addressing complexity Lecture and tutorial (12 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Week 05 Collaboration and reflections Lecture and tutorial (12 hr) LO1 LO4 LO6 LO7 LO8

Attendance and class requirements

Attendance: The Sydney School of Education and Social Work requires attendance of at least 90 percent of all seminars, workshops or lectures. Where a student is unable to attend at the required rate evidence of illness or misadventure may be required and the student may be required to undertake extra work. Students should discuss the circumstances of their absence(s) with the co-ordinator of the unit of study. Further details are provided in the School canvas site:

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 9 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 180-225 hours of student effort in total.

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. articulate the aims of effective social work practice with survivors and/or perpetrators of domestic violence and/or child maltreatment, their families and communities; describe and develop strategies to achieve socially just outcomes for survivors
  • LO2. research, analyse and interpret contested theories hypothesising the aetiology of domestic violence and child maltreatment. Apply a critical lens when assessing current legal and social service responses to prevent and address domestic violence and/or child maltreatment and to develop socially just social work responses
  • LO3. research, analyse, and interpret relevant Federal and State legislation and policy frameworks that guide legal and social responses to domestic violence and child maltreatment
  • LO4. apply principles of social work ethics, human rights and social justice to an analysis of legal and social responses to prevent and address domestic violence and child maltreatment
  • LO5. describe the nature and impact of institutional practices that parallel the tactics deployed by perpetrators of domestic violence and/or child maltreatment; develop individual and collective solutions that resist compounding the impact of violence, abuse and neglect on victims and/or survivors
  • LO6. demonstrate critically reflective and high level communication skills through written work and verbal contributions in lectures and tutorials
  • LO7. demonstrate strong professional and interpersonal skills to collaborate effectively with peers in group assignments and activities - including in tutorial class discussions and presentations
  • LO8. demonstrate professional employability skills including attendance, punctuality, participation, reliability, and peer collaboration.

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

This section outlines changes made to this unit following staff and student reviews.

In response to student feedback, the following change has been made for 2020: * clarification of the requirements for all students to be present for all presentations in their seminar group. Marks are deducted for any student not present to hear the presentations of all groups.

Site visit guidelines

If you are undertaking professional experience/field education placement as part of your enrolment in this unit of study, please assess your specific needs and requirements for the safe and successful completion of an external placement within a host organisation. You will be given the opportunity to disclose any health issues that have a work health and safety significance before arranging a placement so that your safety, and the safety of others, can be properly assessed. The Professional Experience Coordinator/Field Education Manager will work to ensure that the workplace assignment to you is appropriate for your needs and requirements. If you are experiencing disability, and require reasonable adjustments to be arranged, please contact Disability Services as early as possible prior to commencing the internship. Please note, in all cases, and for the purpose of organising reasonable adjustments, only the impact and not the nature, of your disability will be disclosed to the host organisation.


The University reserves the right to amend units of study or no longer offer certain units, including where there are low enrolment numbers.

To help you understand common terms that we use at the University, we offer an online glossary.