Courses & Units

Communication and Assessment Skills in Social Work HGW527

Cradle Coast, Hobart, Launceston

Introduction

Communication and Assessment Skills in Social Work provides a broad overview of human development theories and direct practice skills underpinning work with individuals. Additionally, you are taught communication skills to support assessment report and case note writing. Two key themes – deep listening and reflective self-awareness – are a focus throughout the learning experience to guide you on how to respond appropriately and purposefully to people's needs in a variety of contexts. Cultural diversity and the decolonization of social work practice are considered integral to all aspects of interpersonal helping skills, including how to conduct social work assessments and develop intervention plans. Techniques of strengths based, relational approaches and social justice principles are applied throughout the curriculum incorporating issues of child safety and mental health.

Summary

Unit name Communication and Assessment Skills in Social Work
Unit code HGW527
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Social Work
Coordinator Doctor Justin Canty
Available as student elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania

Availability

Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Cradle Coast Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic

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International students
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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Choose ethical methods of communicating with clients, colleagues and managers that are respectful, collaborative and involve sharing information appropriately.
  • Maximise opportunities for inclusive and detailed social work assessments through relationship building and highly effective interpersonal communication skills.
  • Appraise how social work assessment practices, including report writing, meld analysis with empathy for client contexts.
  • Suggest ways to improve social work assessments and practices that can contribute to decolonising social work in local, national and international contexts.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
090501 $1,828.00 $858.00 $1,002.00 $2,108.00
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
  • FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4

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Teaching

Teaching Pattern

One hour online learning activities, including lecture and other self-directed exercises (watching videos and reflections), weekly. 
120 minute workshop, weekly 

80% minimum compulsory attendance requirement to meet accreditation standards.

AssessmentWritten assignment (20%)|Video recording and written assignment (50%)|Written assignment (30%)
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Textbooks

Required

Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.

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