UNDERSTANDING THE IMPACT OF ORGANISATIONAL CONTEXT

SWP3UIO

2019

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students explore the impact of organisational contexts on social work practice. Students analyse the structure, purpose and dynamics of 21st century human service organisations and build an understanding of the role organisations play in implementing social policies and delivering services. Students examine governance and decision making and the role of organisational culture in shaping the experience of service users. Students are introduced to the changing organisational context in which social workers are employed, how they operate effectively in teams and alongside other professionals. Strategies such as the use of professional supervision and critical reflection are considered in light of the common challenges and tensions that occur between professional expectations, social policy imperatives and organisational pragmatics.

SchoolSchool Allied Health,Human Serv & Sport

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPrue Atkins

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted into one of the following courses: HZSK, HZSKB, HZSKW, HZSKP, HZSKM, HBCSW, HBCSB, HBCS, HBCSD, HBCSM, HBCSS and must have passed SWP2IPP All others require coordinators approval.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsOrganizations and management in social work,PrescribedHughes, M. & Wearing, M. 2013LONDON:SAGE
ReadingsProfessional practice in human service organizations,RecommendedMcDonald, C., Craig, C., Hawkins, L. & Williams, J. 2011ALLEN & UNWIN

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Synthesise knowledge of organisational theories and key features of organisations to analyse specific human service organisations.

Activities:
On line activities and workshop participation
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

02. Analyse and reflect on the impact of different organisational contexts (e.g. statutory, advocacy, community, clinical) on social work practice.

Activities:
On line activities and workshop participation
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

03. Reflect on how organisational policies, ideologies, structure and culture impact upon service access and the service user's experience of service delivery.

Activities:
On line activities and workshop participation
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

04. Develop strategies to address the challenges and tensions between social policy, organisational imperatives and professional identity.

Activities:
On line activities and workshop participation
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Albury-Wodonga, 2019, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorHeather Downey

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 31 - 43
Eleven 1.0 hours unscheduled online class per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

WorkShop Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
30 minute group presentation of an organisational analysis (600 words equivalent)Oral presentation (on video and in class). 5 students per group = 6 minutes presentation per student. 600 words equivalent per student20 01, 02, 03
Individual reflection on the organisational analysis process (800 words equivalent)20 01, 03, 04
One 60 minute on-line quiz (1000 word equivalent)Students will be able to see which questions they answered correctly/ incorrectly.15 01, 03, 04
One 90 minute case study test (1500 word equiv)45 01, 02, 03, 04

Bendigo, 2019, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorNatasha Long

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 31 - 43
Eleven 1.0 hours unscheduled online class per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

WorkShop Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
30 minute group presentation of an organisational analysis (600 words equivalent)Oral presentation (on video and in class). 5 students per group = 6 minutes presentation per student. 600 words equivalent per student20 01, 02, 03
Individual reflection on the organisational analysis process (800 words equivalent)20 01, 03, 04
One 60 minute on-line quiz (1000 word equivalent)Students will be able to see which questions they answered correctly/ incorrectly.15 01, 03, 04
One 90 minute case study test (1500 word equiv)45 01, 02, 03, 04

Dandenong, 2019, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPrue Atkins

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 31 - 43
Eleven 1.0 hours unscheduled online class per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

WorkShop Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
30 minute group presentation of an organisational analysis (600 words equivalent)Oral presentation (on video and in class). 5 students per group = 6 minutes presentation per student. 600 words equivalent per student20 01, 02, 03
Individual reflection on the organisational analysis process (800 words equivalent)20 01, 03, 04
One 60 minute on-line quiz (1000 word equivalent)Students will be able to see which questions they answered correctly/ incorrectly.15 01, 03, 04
One 90 minute case study test (1500 word equiv)45 01, 02, 03, 04

Melbourne, 2019, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPrue Atkins

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 31 - 43
Eleven 1.0 hours unscheduled online class per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

WorkShop Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
30 minute group presentation of an organisational analysis (600 words equivalent)Oral presentation (on video and in class). 5 students per group = 6 minutes presentation per student. 600 words equivalent per student20 01, 02, 03
Individual reflection on the organisational analysis process (800 words equivalent)20 01, 03, 04
One 60 minute on-line quiz (1000 word equivalent)Students will be able to see which questions they answered correctly/ incorrectly.15 01, 03, 04
One 90 minute case study test (1500 word equiv)45 01, 02, 03, 04

Mildura, 2019, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSean MacDermott

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 31 - 43
Eleven 1.0 hours unscheduled online class per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

WorkShop Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
30 minute group presentation of an organisational analysis (600 words equivalent)Oral presentation (on video and in class). 5 students per group = 6 minutes presentation per student. 600 words equivalent per student20 01, 02, 03
Individual reflection on the organisational analysis process (800 words equivalent)20 01, 03, 04
One 60 minute on-line quiz (1000 word equivalent)Students will be able to see which questions they answered correctly/ incorrectly.15 01, 03, 04
One 90 minute case study test (1500 word equiv)45 01, 02, 03, 04

Shepparton, 2019, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorCorina Modderman

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 31 - 43
Eleven 1.0 hours unscheduled online class per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

WorkShop Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
30 minute group presentation of an organisational analysis (600 words equivalent)Oral presentation (on video and in class). 5 students per group = 6 minutes presentation per student. 600 words equivalent per student20 01, 02, 03
Individual reflection on the organisational analysis process (800 words equivalent)20 01, 03, 04
One 60 minute on-line quiz (1000 word equivalent)Students will be able to see which questions they answered correctly/ incorrectly.15 01, 03, 04
One 90 minute case study test (1500 word equiv)45 01, 02, 03, 04