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CDS2002 Independent Project 1

Semester 2, 2013 Online Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Arts
School or Department : School of Humanities and Communication

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Examiner: Eileen Edmonds
Moderator: Lauretta Wright


Pre-requisite: CDS1001 and (CMS1000 or CMS1009) and CDS2000

Other requisites

Students must have a Blue Card issued by the Commission of Children and Young People and Child Guardian in Queensland or its respective interstate equivalent to enrol in CDS2002.
Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.


The course offers students the opportunity to observe and reflect on community services approaches and methods, and will help students consolidate and apply the theory, knowledge and skills relevant to the sector.


This industry placement is an opportunity for students to gain supervised practical experience in the human services environment. The objectives of the practicum are developed in conjunction with the host agency's supervisor and moderated by the designated member of the academic staff selected to supervise and evaluate the project. The course encourages students to develop independent discipline or field based techniques that will culminate in an assignment that lends itself to academic scrutiny. Outcomes of student and supervisor negotiations must have the approval of the Course Examiner. Students must enrol in this course in their selected semester, but may complete the requirements at any time in the year with permission from the Course Examiner. IMPORTANT NOTES: Working with Children: State law in Queensland requires that all adults (including university students in industry placement) working with children under the age of 18, in the State of Queensland*, obtain approval before commencing such work. This course includes a practical component (professional experience, project work, research, assessment etc.) that may require engagement with children under the age of 18. It is your responsibility to ensure that you possess a current suitability card (Blue Card) before commencing any practical components of this course. DO NOT PARTICIPATE IN ANY PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE WITH CHILDREN UNDER 18 UNLESS YOU POSSESS A CURRENT 'BLUE CARD'. For further information: *If you are undertaking practical experience outside the State of Queensland, Australia you should check local requirements. Contacting organisations: Students are NOT to contact any organisations until instructed by practicum staff. Instructions on how to organise the practicum will be emailed to student Umail accounts within the first two weeks of the semester.

The Bachelor of Human Services (counselling major) is fully accredited by the Psychotherapy and Counselling Association of Australia Inc (PACFA).


On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate management, planning and organisation skills by developing an independent capacity to document, analyse and report on a human services practical project of substance;
  2. demonstrate management, planning and organisation skills by reflecting on the context of their practice;
  3. demonstrate the development of communication skills and/or community welfare and development-based techniques;
  4. demonstrate role-congruent, contextually appropriate interpersonal skills to all relevant stakeholders including supervisors, staff, and clients;
  5. demonstrate advanced written communication skills appropriate to the profession;
  6. demonstrate advanced academic and professional literacy through a critical understanding, analysis, synthesis, and application of relevant theoretical knowledge in relation to the student observations and reflections;
  7. demonstrate ethical research and enquiry skills appropriate to the project and their interaction with project stakeholders;
  8. demonstrate understanding and application of professional standards, boundaries, values and ethics appropriate to a human services agency context.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Projects must be carefully defined prior to commencement, with specific objectives fully documented in consultation with selected staff. 100.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Cleak, C & Wilson, J 2007, Making the most of field placement, 2nd edn, Thomson Learning Australia, South Melbourne, Victoria.
  • Corey, MS & Corey, G 2011, Becoming a helper, 6th edn, Brooks Cole, Pacific Grove, CA.
    (For counselling major the lecturer's choice text as it explores placements from a human services perspective and from a counselling perspective. This text will also be appropriate for CDS3000. The limitation with this text is that it is written from an North American context.)
  • Kiser, P 2008, Human services internship: getting the most from your experience, 2nd edn, Thomson Brooks/Cole, Belmont, CA.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 55.00
Practical Projects 110.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 100 10 19 Jul 2013 (see note 1)
ASSIGNMENT 2 100 20 25 Oct 2013 (see note 2)
ASSIGNMENT 3 100 10 25 Oct 2013 (see note 3)
ASSIGNMENT 4 100 10 25 Oct 2013 (see note 4)
ASSIGNMENT 5 100 50 25 Oct 2013 (see note 5)
ASSIGNMENT 6 1 0 25 Oct 2013 (see note 6)

  1. Work and Activities Plan. Due date(s): To be submitted no later than seven days prior to commencement of practicum
  2. Report on Organisation. Due date: Must be submitted prior to first 25 hours of practicum experience
  3. Due date: Must be submitted within 7 days after the completion of the first 50 hours of practicum experience
  4. Onsite Supervisor Interim Report. Due date: Must be submitted within the first 50 hours of practicum experience
  5. Reflective Journal. Due date: Must be submitted within two weeks after the completion of the practicum experience
  6. Onsite Supervisor Final Report PLUS the Work and Activities Log. Log and PLUS timesheet. Must pass to successfully complete the course. Due date: Must be submitted within two weeks after the completion of the practicum experience. Contact course examiner if there is likely to be delays

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration. Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    As there are no examinations in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner.

  2. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be despatched to USQ within 24 hours if required by the Examiner.

  3. In accordance with University Policy, the Examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  4. If electronic submission of assessments is specified for the course, students will be notified of this in the course Introductory Book and on the USQ Study Desk. All required electronic submission must be made through the Assignment Drop Box located on the USQ Study Desk for the course, unless directed otherwise by the examiner of the course. The due date for an electronically submitted assessment is the date by which a student must electronically submit the assignment. The assignment files must be submitted by 11.55pm on the due date using USQ time (as displayed on the clock on the course home page; that is, Australian Eastern Standard Time).

  5. If the method of assessment submission is by written, typed or printed paper-based media students should (i) submit to the Faculty Office for students enrolled in the course in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail to the USQ for students enrolled in the course in the external mode. The due date for the assessment is the date by which a student must (i) submit the assessment for students enrolled in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail the assessment for students enrolled in the external mode.

  6. The Faculty will NOT normally accept submission of assessments by facsimile or email.

  7. Students who do not have regular access to postal services for the submission of paper-based assessments, or regular access to Internet services for electronic submission, or are otherwise disadvantaged by these regulations may be given special consideration. They should contact the examiner of the course to negotiate such special arrangements prior to the submission date.

  8. Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments in a course but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives of a course within the normally prescribed time may be awarded one of the temporary grades: IM (Incomplete - Make up), IS (Incomplete - Supplementary Examination) or ISM (Incomplete -Supplementary Examination and Make up). A temporary grade will only be awarded when, in the opinion of the examiner, a student will be able to achieve the remaining objectives of the course after a period of non directed personal study.

  9. Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination; IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).

  10. Students may be assigned an ?Incomplete? grade to signify that all the requirements of the course have not yet been met. Students who are graded ?I? can pass the course by successfully completing such additional work as prescribed by the examiner by a given date. Students who have been awarded an IM, ISM, IDM or IDB grade must access information regarding further work to be completed, in the Student Centre of U Connect. The Grades Page in the Student Centre contains information about further work to be completed. Students who have not completed the additional work to the satisfaction of the examiner by the given date will receive the appropriate Failing grade.

Other requirements

  1. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.

  2. Students who receive a study allowance such as government benefits, need to ensure that they update and inform their financial provider if they are unable to complete the course requirements within the enrolled semester time. It is up to the discretion of the financial allowance provider to determine whether they will grant recognition. USQ records only show the enrolled semester, not any coursework extensions. Students should not assume the allowance provider will extend payment outside of the enrolled semester. They should consult their payment provider as soon as possible if they believe their course assessment submissions and practical experience may continue over into another semester.

  3. Information about application requirements for Blue Card and procedures can be found on the following websites:
    National summary of requirements:

    State and Territory:

    Northern Territory
    Western Australia
    South Australia (Organisation?s responsibility to conduct criminal check only if regular contact with children)
    Tasmania (None required)