Health and community units

Single-unit study

You can study individual units for personal or professional development without having to apply for a full QUT course.

If you successfully complete a unit, you may be eligible for credit if you decide to apply for a degree course in the future.

Units anyone can study

These units don’t have any requirements for previous study or background knowledge.

But if your previous studies were not in English, or were completed in a country where English is not the first language, you will need to demonstrate that you meet our English proficiency requirements when you apply.

Chemistry, physics & mechanical engineering

  • PCN211 Physics of Medical Imaging

    Most medical imaging modalities now produce images in digital form. These digital images frequently undergo processing such as enhancement, registration, fusion and 3D reconstruction. Digital image processing and 3D image visualisation techniques are also extensively used in nuclear medicine and radiotherapy planning. Consequently, computing, numerical methods and digital image processing are necessary skills of a practising medical physicist. This unit is designed to make the student familiar with image visualisation methods and imaging in nuclear medicine, and to develop skills in digital image processing.


  • JSB174 Forensic Psychology and the Law

    This unit develops your knowledge and skills of the discipline of forensic psychology, affording you a critical perspective on what the study of psychology and the law entails and what it has to offer across the three criminal justice domains of the police, the courts and corrections.


  • NSB102 Professional Practice and Cultural Safety

    This unit focuses on establishing foundational nursing knowledge relating to the professional, ethical, social, and cultural dimensions of nursing practice that are developed further throughout the course. The unit introduces the legislative, policy, and regulatory frameworks that underpin a career in the nursing profession. It develops knowledge, skills, and attributes that are required for professional practice as a registered nurse. The unit is underpinned by the model of cultural safety, which provides a framework for professional practice that will be used to demonstrate person-centred care, using the principles of partnership, power sharing, and protection. These concepts are integrated throughout the course and specifically developed in units that address health assessment, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' health, mental health, and integrated practice. These concepts are also considered in the final semester unit NSB305 Leading and Learning: Building professional practice, as students are preparing to enter the profession as registered nurses. The course themes emphasised in this unit are cultural safety and person-centred care.

  • NSB202 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples' Well-being

    This unit introduces students to Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander knowledges about health and wellness, highlighting the influence of historical and contemporary socio-political issues. To be effective health care professionals, students need knowledge, skills, and values that enable social inclusivity and the provision of person-centred, holistic care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients. This unit builds on concepts introduced in NSB105 Wellness Across the Lifespan, and links to NSB303 Partnerships in Health and Illness. The course themes emphasised in this unit are cultural safety and person-centred care.

Psychology & counselling

  • PYB000 Psychology in Professional Contexts

    PYB000 is a foundation unit for students enrolled in the Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology) degree. This unit provides an introduction to the nature, scope, and application of psychological knowledge in diverse professional contexts, and considers the social, cultural and ethical, and multidisciplinary frameworks that shape psychological practice. This unit aims to develop your skills as an active and reflective learner, by explicitly linking the academic and generic skills you will develop throughout the course, with their application to psychological practice.

  • PYB007 Communication for Health Professionals

  • PYB100 Foundation Psychology

Public health & social work

  • HLB001 Health Needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians

    This unit will provide you with an introduction to a range of historical and contemporary factors that impact on the health and wellbeing of Indigenous people today. Communities require health practitioners to have the knowledge and skills to provide appropriate care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. This is underpinned by an Indigenous defined primary healthcare framework. In this unit, an Indigenous definition of health is the basis of commencing the journey towards cultural awareness and cultural sensitivity.

  • PUB100 Medical Terminology, Anatomy and Physiology

    The main aim of this unit is to provide students with an in-depth knowledge of the language of medical terminology and an understanding of anatomy and physiology that can be competently applied in a health care setting.

  • PUB102 Foundations of Health Information Management

    This unit gives an introductory overview to health information management students of the field of health information and their role in the health information management profession. The unit provides a context for the study of contemporary health information and data management practice. The use of information as a strategic, organisational and management resource is discussed, and a broad appreciation of health information and data management procedures and philosophy is provided.

  • PUB104 Australian Health Care Systems

    This is an important unit for any student intending to enter the health industry. It is designed to give a broad overview of the system of health care in Australia and its methods of operation. This unit outlines the structure of the Australian health care system; examines the roles and responsibilities of a range of health system stakeholders, and explores a broad range of challenges confronting health care provision in Australia.

  • PUB204 Resourcing and Managing Health Budgets

  • PUB208 Understanding Health Information

  • PUB209 Health, Culture and Society

  • PUB215 Public Health Practice

    This unit introduces you to the values, frameworks, principles, and skills which underpin Public Health. It focuses on what public health professionals do and how their work makes a difference in the world in which we live. The unit uses a topic-based approach so that you can learn and apply the core Public Health skills to a real world Public Health issue.

  • PUB332 Sustainable Environments for Health

    This unit provides an overview of environmental health and introduces the importance of achieving environments that are able to sustain human health. In particular, the unit covers the practice of environmental health, its scientific foundations, and its integral place in the overarching discipline of public health.

  • PUB336 Women's Health

  • PUB358 eHealth Concepts

    This unit will provide the student with an understanding of contemporary health information technologies and their application in the health sector. Students will have the opportunity to explore the technical requirements and processes surrounding the introduction of electronic health records, including privacy, person and provider identification, hybrid EHRs, interoperability, terminologies, EHR structures, decision support systems, internet applications and management of transition to EHRs and legacy systems.

  • PUB380 Casemix and Activity Based Funding

    The focus of this unit is to introduce current national and state-based initiatives relating to casemix and Activity Based Funding for acute, subacute and non acute services. Included will be the relationship between clinical classification and financial management, peer group cost weights, cost modelling, inlier and outlier payments, co payments and use of ABF and casemix data to predict activity and costs.

  • PUB461 Qualitative Inquiry in Public Health

  • PUB514 Contract / Project Management

    This is an important unit for students entering the health industry as your efficient management associated with the delivery of health services is enhanced by knowledge and exposure to the principles of formalised project and contract management.

  • PUB530 Health Education and Behaviour Change

    This unit gives you the skills to bring about change in health-related behaviours through educational interventions. Topics covered include key health education and behaviour change theories, frameworks, strategies; approaches to bring about change in different contexts; research and design of educational interventions to suit different target populations in different settings, using evidence-based practice; and health literacy as a function of health education.

  • PUB561 Statistical Methods in Health

  • PUN105 Health Statistics 1

  • PUN210 Contemporary Health Management

    This is a core unit in the Graduate Diploma and Master of Health Management programs. The unit explores the principles and practice of management in health to inform your role as a health manager. The unit focuses on core health management activities: organisational management; strategic management; resource management including financial and human resource management; information management; project management and change management. The focus of this unit is on the development of the analytical, evaluative and political skills required by health managers who must work in complex systems and organisations characterised by constant change.

  • SWB100 Orientation to Social Work and Human Services

  • SWB102 Human Development and Behaviour

    Social work and human service students are studying for professional careers that enhance people's personal and social wellbeing and development, enhance problem solving in relationships, and promote human rights and social justice. To do this you need to understand how individual development and behaviour are shaped by a range of factors including biological, psychological, socio-cultural, political and economic factors. You will learn about a range of theories of development and behaviour and consider the implications of such ideas for social work and human service practice. You will learn about key aspects of human behaviour such as emotion, motivation and socialisation and integrate and communicate this knowledge. Studying this information in the first year of the course provides you with necessary foundational information about people and the environments that shape their lives.

  • SWB105 Contemporary Human Rights

  • SWB108 Australian Society, Systems and Policies

  • SWB109 Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and Communities

  • SWB110 Understanding Families and Relationships

  • SWB204 Introduction to Child and Family Services

  • SWB207 Introduction to Youth Services

  • SWB211 Casework and Case Management

  • SWB212 Community and Place Based Practice

  • SWH202 Health, Wellbeing and Social Work

Units you need background knowledge to study

These units have requirements for previous study or background knowledge. Check the unit’s previous study requirements for details. If you have any questions, contact the unit coordinator for the semester you want to study.

If your previous studies were not in English, or were completed in a country where English is not the first language, you will also need to demonstrate that you meet our English proficiency requirements when you apply.

Biomedical sciences

  • LQB285 Pathophysiology for Health Professionals

  • LQB883 Intercultural Health in Clinical Practice

  • LSB365 Pathology

    The aim of this unit is to introduce you to the study of disease processes underlying the major diseases of human organ systems. The first part of the unit will introduce you to aspects of general pathology including cell adaptation, inflammation, haematology, and cancer. Systemic pathology will be covered in the second part of the unit during which the general pathologic processes will be applied to the major organ systems of the body. In addition, you will expand and further develop your practical skills along with your understanding of how they relate to laboratory investigation and diagnosis of disease.

  • LSB466 Histological Techniques

  • LSB525 Chemical Pathology

    This unit is designed to provide you with the knowledge and practical skills to work competently as a medical scientist in a diagnostic chemical pathology (clinical biochemistry) laboratory. In developing these skill sets it is essential that you have an in-depth understanding of the aetiology, physiology, pathology, and laboratory investigations relating to different biochemical markers and disorders. This is a third year unit that builds on the theoretical aspects of biochemistry dealt with in LQB381 and the practical and analytical skills developed in LSB425.

  • LSB566 Histopathology

    Histopathology is the study of cells and tissues and investigates the pathologies associated. This third year unit is designed to provide you with knowledge and practical skills to work in a histopathology laboratory and interpret advanced histopathological tests. To develop your knowledge of these techniques, ability to apply your learning and practical skills it is critical you have an understanding of the principle and rationale of these tests. LSB566 incorporates and builds on your learning in LSB466 and LQB490 and prepares you for LQB683 in the next semester of your course.

  • LSB625 Diagnostic Endocrinology

Chemistry, physics & mechanical engineering

  • PCB272 Radiation Physics

    Radiographers require a basic knowledge of general physics and more detailed theoretical background to the physical basis behind the equipment design, construction and materials and the increasing technological support for developing modalities. The aim of this unit is to provide students with an understanding of radiation physics related to x-ray production and radiographic practice and how radiation interacts with matter.

  • PCB675 Radiation Safety and Biology

    Medical radiations procedures are the principal cause of non background radiation exposure. It is therefore important that you understand potential hazards of exposure to ionising radiation and techniques of protection. An understanding of relevant codes of practice is also required. The aim of this unit is to provide you with a basic understanding of aspects of radiation biology and radiation safety relevant to your future employment as a Medical radiation technologist.

  • PCN212 Radiotherapy

    This unit provides an overview of the application of physics to radiotherapy including theoretical and practical aspects of the major topics in radiotherapy physics. The unit builds on your previous knowledge of radiation physics and applies it to radiotherapy.

Clinical sciences

  • CSN025 Principles of Medical Ultrasound

    This unit is designed to provide students with a thorough understanding of the physical processes involved in producing an ultrasound image, the features of ultrasound equipment and the role and responsibilities of the sonographer in producing a diagnostic examination. Topics include general scanning principles and considerations, care of equipment, physics of ultrasound, ultrasound equipment features, image production and processing, artefacts, image recording methods, quality control, biological hazards and safety issues and the principles of Doppler ultrasound.

  • CSN500 Podiatric Therapeutics 1


  • CSN501 Podiatric Therapeutics 2


Exercise & nutrition sciences

  • XNB251 Nutrition Science

  • XNB252 Food and Nutrition Across the Lifecycle

  • XNB271 Motor Control

    This unit explores the theories and concepts in motor control and learning, specifically how we control actions in everyday and skilled behaviours, and how this capability is acquired. It also teaches you to select and assess motor skill performance.

  • XNB272 Biomechanics

  • XNB273 Exercise Physiology

    This unit examines the physiological responses, mechanisms, and adaptations to acute and chronic exercise. Building upon the work previously completed in LSB231 Physiology, the unit will focus on the metabolic, cardiovascular, pulmonary, and neuromuscular system requirements of exercise at varying intensities, durations, and types. Practical skills will be developed to monitor and assess the physiological purturbations associated with exercise that may have implications for both physical performance and health-related fitness. The knowledge and skills gained provide the basis for advanced application and competencies as the course progresses.

  • XNB274 Functional Anatomy

    Functional Anatomy builds on the structural knowledge provided in anatomy (LSB131) to develop an understanding of the functional significance of anatomy to driving human movement. You will perform movement analysis to understand the muscles, joints complexes and actions involved in controlling human movement.

  • XNB277 Exercise and Sports Nutrition

    This unit builds on the nutrition unit in first year (XNB151) and applies the nutritional principles to the sport and exercise setting.

  • XNB282 Resistance Training

  • XNB351 Medical Nutrition Therapy 1

    This unit develops your knowledge and skills in the application of the nutrition care process to the nutritional management of disease. The unit focuses on the application of critical thinking in the nutritional management of individual clients including assessment, diagnosis, practical food-based advice and evaluation. This unit is only for students undertaking studies in dietetics.

  • XNB370 Performance Analysis

  • XNB371 Motor Control and Learning 2

    This is an advanced unit which provides an in-depth view of theories and concepts in motor learning and control; how we control actions in both everyday and skilled behaviours, and how this capability is acquired. This course provides a multidisciplinary perspective, drawing on research from psychology, neuroscience, biomechanics, robotics, neural networks and medicine. The unit is organised around the theme of sensorimotor integration as related to posture and balance, locomotion and arm movements such as reaching, grasping and pointing.

  • XNB372 Biomechanics 2

    This unit includes the following: measurement techniques within biomechanics; analysis of force systems; photographic, goniometric andaelectrographic analysis of movement; an introduction to viscoelasticity and biological materials; material properties; mass and inertial characteristics of the human body; applied aspects of biomechanics undertaken from a research project perspective.

  • XNB373 Exercise Physiology 2

    This unit examines the integrated regulation of the organ system examined in Exercise Physiology 1. Within this integrated perspective current research areas will be highlighted, including but not limited to (1) exercise performance and environmental stress, (2) special aids to exercise training and performance, and (3) limitations to exercise in healthy normal individuals, elite athletes and selected patient populations.

  • XNB375 Sport Psychology

  • XNB380 Cardiorespiratory, Metabolic and Renal Disorders

  • XNB381 Musculoskeletal, Neurological and Occupational Disorders

    The effective delivery of exercise physiology services depends of the development of core clinical knowledge and understanding of chronic diseases to ensure the development of effective, evidence based exercise programs which meet the client's needs and goals. This unit specifically focuses on the neurological, occupational and musculoskeletal disorders, including their epidemiology, aetiology, pathophysiology, clinical course, diagnostic and assessment procedures, and treatments.

  • XNB382 Principles of Exercise Prescription

    A combination of theoretical knowledge and practical skills are required to enable the safe and effective prescription of appropriate exercise. This unit is designed to introduce students to these basic theoretical concepts, and to apply them to practical situations. Topics covered will include: health risk appraisal and fitness testing; dose-response and physical activity recommendations; and exercise programming and prescription. This unit builds upon materials covered in Exercise Physiology 1 and Resistance Training, and provides context for Principles of Exercise Programming.

  • XNB385 Principles of Exercise Programming

  • XNH350 Community and Public Health Nutrition

    This unit is in the third year of your program and is core to your development in the area of community and public health nutrition an essential competency for both nutritionists and dietitians. It explores issues in public health nutrition and provides you with the necessary skills to undertake program planning and evaluation in the application of nutrition to communities and populations.

  • XNH354 Medical Nutrition Therapy 2

  • XNH355 Nutrition Assessment

    This unit will develop your knowledge, skills and application for nutrition and diet-related data collection methods at the individual, group and population level. It will continue to develop your ability to write a systematic review by identifying, synthesising and applying evidence to practice problems across the continuum of care and to develop your clinical reasoning and advocacy skills to improve outcomes at an individual and population level.

  • XNH481 Clinical Exercise for Cardiorespiratory, Renal and Metabolic Disorders

    This unit applies your knowledge and skills developed in XNB380 associated with the assessment and programming of exercise and activity for individuals with cardiorespiratory and metabolic disorders. The unit focuses on the screening, assessment, prescription and evaluation of exercise and activity in the treatment and management of these disorders, including disease-specific considerations in preparation for your transition to professional practice.

  • XNH482 Clinical Exercise for Musculoskeletal and Neurological Disorders

    This unit applies your knowledge and skills developed in XNB380 associated with the assessment and programming of exercise and activity for individuals with with neurological  and musculoskeletal disorders. The unit focuses on the screening, assessment, prescription and evaluation of exercise and activity in the treatment and management of these disorders, including disease-specific considerations in preparation for your transition into professional practice.


Psychology & counselling

Public health & social work

  • HLN707 Research Methods in Health

  • PUB101 Introduction to Clinical Classification

  • PUB202 Advanced Clinical Classification

    This unit will allow you to build on your skills in the application and rules for classification of diseases and health interventions using the International Classification of Diseases 10th revision Australian modification (ICD-10-AM), the Australian Classification of Health Interventions and the Australian Coding Standards. You will refine your clinical knowledge, improve your skills in abstraction of data from source documents and understand the need to access feeder information systems to support coding. You will also learn and apply coding quality assessment techniques. This unit has special conditions of assessment required for students to demonstrate coding competency.

  • PUB326 Introduction to Epidemiology

    Epidemiology is the basic scientific method of public health. It is the study of the distribution and determinants of diseases, health conditions, or events among populations and the application of interventions to control health problems. Epidemiological methods are used to generate the evidence base for clinicians, health promotion specialists, health educators, nutritionists, and health service managers.

  • PUB359 Health Information Management

    This unit will provide the student with an understanding of the management and operating principles of health information services.

  • PUB371 Transition to Professional Health Information Management Practice

  • PUB373 Integrated Health Information Management Practice

  • PUB406 Health Promotion Practice

  • PUB416 Research Methods

  • PUB490 Quality Management in Health

  • PUB545 Health Policy, Planning and Advocacy

    This unit consolidates knowledge of health policy development and reform and the processes that translate policy into public health practice. Topics covered include translating a health policy into a plan for professional practice; critical examination of advocacy processes and the impact on policies; planning and evaluating the impact of programs; and policy strategies in collaborative teams.

  • PUB565 International Health

    International health will broaden student's understanding of global health systems and programs, providing an advanced level analysis that explores systems and methods that have been devised to address population health problems in developing and developed countries. Students examine the historic context of the international health movement from the early 1900s to recent changes in global health systems, explore the diversity of services between and within countries, and consider issues of globalisation, economic reform, health equity and ethics. This unit is particularly relevant to students who are interested in international health development work.

  • PUN015 Environmental Management and Sustainability

  • PUN017 Health Planning and Evaluation

  • PUN103 Advanced Epidemiology

  • PUN214 Systems of Quality and Safety in Health

    This unit provides a critical in depth examination of the theory behind and application of quality and safety systems to health services. It covers legal and regulatory systems, quality certification and accreditation systems, safety systems and models, performance management including performance frameworks for the measurement, monitoring and reporting on quality and safety. The value of these, their breadth of coverage and their application to different health care settings are analysed using case studies from both successful systems and systems experiencing failure evidenced by patient safety and quality issues.

  • PUN219 Leadership of Quality and Safety in Health

  • PUN452 Disaster Planning and Preparedness

    This unit seeks to develop your in depth understanding and ability to evaluate the systems, structures and processes required to ensure essential services and the communities they serve are prepared for disasters that threaten the health and wellbeing of the community.

  • PUN454 Leadership in Disaster Management

  • PUN640 Health Systems

    The aim of this unit is for you to explore systems of health care both in Australia and internationally and the factors that influence the design and functioning of those systems so that you may contribute to the future development of health systems. The unit will use the Australian Health Care system as a case study but seek to draw from our examination of that system the concepts and analytical principles that may apply to all systems of health care. This unit introduces conceptual frameworks fundamental to the organization of health systems. Issues covered include the structure, operations, funding and evaluation of health systems and the evaluation of health system reform.

  • PUN688 Health Policy in a Global Context

  • PUN704 Health Management Internship

    This unit takes an experiential approach to synthesise your knowledge of health care systems and skills of investigation and analysis of complex information to contribute to professional practice and scholarship. This unit involves placement in a health service or health policy organisation and the planning and execution of a substantial research-based project or equivalent capstone experience. You will be expected to volunteer to work within the service during the period of the internship. QUT staff will provide every endeavour to locate a suitable placement. You may arrange your own placement although the placement should ideally be an institution different from one where you may be normally employed. The placement may be undertaken with your employer, provided that a clearly defined different experience is involved to that which is your normal employment.

  • PUP034 Health Promotion 3: Program Planning

  • PUP037 Health Promotion 4: Program Evaluation

  • SWB200 Working in Human Service Organisations

    This unit critically examines professional roles within the organisational context of Human Service and Social Work practice. Using an approach that combines traditional classes with an experiential approach, it examines the professional role, organisational requirements, student developmental needs, motivations, and personal responses to these factors in the Human Service/Social Work context.

  • SWB219 Legal and Ethical Dimensions of Social Work and Human Service Practice

  • SWB220 Practice Theories

    In line with the orientation of the social work and human service courses as a whole, this unit emphasises the conceptual component of your developing personal and professional practice framework integral to working effectively with a range of services users in a variety of different contexts. It is essential that you have a capacity to explore conceptually a range of theories and theorists and to apply these to specific practice contexts, consider your own practice frame of reference and ideological influences, and understand the implications of these for practice.

  • SWB221 Professional Practice Processes and Assessment

    Human service and social work students must build foundational knowledge and skills in practice, including engagement, assessment and intervention processes that address social problems while promoting social justice and respecting diversity. This unit begins that foundation through focusing on integration of critical theory and practice perspectives. Diversity is understood to relate to culture, class, 'race'/ethnicity but also sexuality, age, ability and gender identification. Because of its importance in preparing you to undertake professional placements, the unit is strategically located in second year. The unit pays special attention to how to engage with, assess and design interventions with diverse groups that are socially disadvantaged, oppressed/or and stigmatised.

  • SWB222 Advanced Communication for Social Work and Human Services

    Developed interpersonal communication skills are the cornerstone for both personal and professional relationships. Human service and social work in a broad sense, aim to help people in their struggle for self- determination and social justice. At a fundamental level, the struggle for independence, justice and empowerment is facilitated by interpersonal processes involving the effective use of communication and conflict resolution skills. This is a skills based unit located in the second year of the Social Work degree and the third year of the Human Services degree to build upon fundamental communication skills. These culturally sensitive and diverse skills are the core of sound practice, whether at a micro or macro level. The essential practitioner skill of a heightened sense of self is closely examined as are reflective strategies to effectively deal with and prevent vicarious trauma, burnout and enhance lifelong learning.

  • SWB304 Child Protection and Family Practice

    This unit contributes to the aims of the social work and human services courses by extending and deepening your knowledge for practice with children and families. In particular you will extend and apply understandings related to child development and family process, cultural safety and the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families, service contexts and collaborative practice, and contemporary policy and practice frameworks for child and family work.

  • SWB306 People, Community and Disability

    Social work and human service practitioners must have the relevant professional knowledge and skills to understand the impact of disability, chronic conditions and health-related issues experienced by people and encountered in the community. The experience of disablement, chronic conditions or health-related issues can universally impact on people of any age or culture at any point during life course transition. This unit provides a platform for developing and integrating knowledge and skills to effectively respond to disability issues and challenging social constructions located in international, national and local community contexts.

  • SWB307 Youth Services Practice

    This unit focuses on a wide range of practice contexts relevant to work in services for young people. Increasingly professionals working with young people or in agencies concerned with or impacting on young people require expertise about specific issues and practice responses. This expertise may be related to a particular professional role (eg policy analyst and advocate), the orientation or framework employed by the funding program or service (eg early intervention or prevention), or particular practice approaches that respond to issues/needs that may be impacting on young people who constitute the target group (eg mental health, drug use, juvenile offending).

  • SWB312 Global Challenges and Practice

    This unit illustrates the scope of social work and human services practice by applying social justice lens  knowledge, skills and values to a range of international and regional issues. You will explore the relationship between core human rights principles and values and global international issues including social justice, human rights, development assistance, aid and key concerns identified in the Sustainable Development Goals.. The cross-disciplinary nature of this unit means  it would also benefit other health discpline students wanting to work  internationally. As an advanced unit it extends on the knowledge and learnings from SWB105 Contemporary Human Rights.

  • SWB405 Advanced Social Work Project

    This unit enables students to undertake an in-depth study on an approved topic relevant to social work practice. To enable this, students will extend their knowledge and skills in undertaking various aspects of the research process as this relates to their investigation.

  • SWH311 Mental Health and Social Work

  • SWH400 Policy Skills for Professional Practice

    Social workers and human service workers must have a thorough understanding of the macro policy context and the structure of government, an awareness of political institutions and policy actors in Australia, policy-writing and research, policy-making processes, budgetary considerations and strategies for change. An appreciation of the 'art' and extent of real world politics - 'realpolitik'- assists in understanding how these policy institutions, processes, cycles and strategies combine to shape and change social policy. This unit describes and explores the relationships between politics, economics and social policy placing particular emphasis on the implications of these and other macro forces for social work practice. This unit focuses on integrating policy knowledge, research and analysis to apply tools to real world policy issues for policy change.

  • SWH401 Social Research for Social Change

    This unit equips you with knowledge and skills to investigate models of service and practice questions and to develop recommendations for change. A range of particular methods for developing, evaluating and improving models of social service and social care delivery will be examined including reflective practice, participatory action research, service evaluation and quality assurance processes, and the use of empirical research to inform practice. You will be able to apply methods learnt to a range of service delivery and practice contexts.

  • SWH404 Complexity in Social Work and Human Services Practice

  • SWN002 Introduction to Social Work Practice and Contexts

    This unit introduces you to the diverse and contested world of social work and is the first step in constructing your professional identity. It provides an entrée to a range of vital foundational concepts that will be developed further in other units, as you progress through the course. We critically examine the roles and purpose of social work within the dynamic interplay of social, economic and political structures and their implications for social work practice. We analyse practice methods and processes, formal theoretical frameworks that inform social work practice, values and ethics; ways of knowing; the history of social work and a broad overview of global social forces that influence and shape contemporary Australian society. Various fields of practice and organisational contexts within social work practice are also explored, with an emphasis on social justice, inequality, social change, critical analysis and reflection.

  • SWN019 Research for Social Change

    This unit builds your capacity to undertake robust, ethical research relevant to social work.  You will be guided through the steps involved in designing research able to make an original contribution to knowledge in your chosen field of practice. This unit prepares you to be able to implement this research design in SWN020.

  • SWN020 Practice Research Project