Inherent requirements for the Associate Degree of Applied Social Science

The statements below specify the course requirements of the Associate Degree of Applied Social Science for student admission and progression. The statements are clustered under eight domains consisting of ethical behaviour, behavioural stability, legal, communication, cognition, relational skills, reflective skills and sustainable performance. Many of the activities associated with the professional practice of social science professionals are time sensitive, where the capacity to perform certain activities within specified time limits is required to reduce or avoid risks to the safety and wellbeing of others. The safety and wellbeing of yourself and others is always of paramount importance. The inherent requirements below should be read in conjunction with other course information. The design of the Associate Degree of Applied Social Science was informed by The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) Threshold Learning Outcomes for undergraduate degrees .

What is it like to do this course?

It may be helpful for you to understand a little about what it is like to complete Associate Degree of Applied Social Science. Further information about the course is available in the course guide and we recommend you familiarise yourself with the information there. 

What about when I finish my course?

The Associate Degree of Applied Social Science provides foundational knowledge in the broad area of applied social science. The Associate Degree comprises the first two years of the Bachelor of Applied Social Sciences. This degree aims to provide students with a well-developed understanding of social systems, sociological theory, and social policy. The programs integrate theory, social research, skills and professional experience, preparing the student with critical thinking skills for employment in the workforce in public, private and community settings. In both the Bachelor of Applied Social Science, and the Associate Degree of Applied Social Science there are minor streams available in counselling and / or coaching, but these degrees do not lead to professional accreditation in these areas.

If you are undertaking this course in order to complete subsequent higher education it is important to ensure that you are familiar with the inherent requirements of those courses also. You may also find it helpful to familiarise yourself with the requirements for work as a social science professional, to assess your suitability for such a role following graduation.

Inherent requirement domains

There are seven domains of inherent requirements in the Associate Degree of Applied Social Science. Some domains have a number of sub-domains.

  • Ethical behaviour 
  • Behavioural stability 
  • Communication 
  • Cognition 
  • Relational skills 
  • Reflective skills
  • Sustainable performance

 Ethical behaviour

Inherent requirement statements

  1. Social science professionals are employed by the private and public sectors in a range of areas. Many roles attracting social science graduates involve working closely with individuals and communities. The ability to understand and engage in ethical behaviour is of paramount importance. 
  2. Student demonstrates knowledge of and engages in ethical behaviour.
  3. Why is ethical behaviour an inherent requirement?
    Compliance with the professional and workplace codes, guidelines and policies facilitates safe, competent interactions and relationships for students and/or the people with whom they engage. This supports the physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual wellbeing of all.
  4. Adjustments offered by ACAP to assist students to meet the ethical behaviour requirement must not result in unethical behaviour.
  5. Examples of ways in which ethical behaviour applies to this course
    Appropriately acknowledging sources in the preparation of written assignments.

 

 Behavioural stability

Inherent requirement statements

  1. Behavioural stability is required to function and adapt effectively and sensitively in this program of study in applied social science.
  2. Student demonstrates behavioural stability to work constructively in a diverse and changing academic environment.
  3. Why is behavioural stability an inherent requirement?
    Behavioural stability is required to work individually and in teams in diverse and changing environments. Students will be exposed to situations which are challenging and unpredictable, and will be required to have the behavioural stability to manage these objectively and professionally.
  4. Adjustments offered by ACAP to assist students to meet the behavioural stability required must support stable, effective and professional behaviour in academic settings.
  5. Examples of ways in which behavioural stability applies to this course
    Demonstrating the capacity to manage emotions and behaviour appropriately, including when feeling under stress.
    Being receptive and responding appropriately to constructive and / or critical feedback.
    Understanding and managing own emotional state in order to be able to develop and maintain an appropriate relationship with a diverse range of professional colleagues and supervisors, academic staff, and peers.

 

 Communication

This course requires effective, verbal, non-verbal and written communication skills.

Verbal

Inherent requirement statements

  1. Effective verbal communication, in English, is an essential requirement to all units undertaken in the applied social science degrees. Communication amongst students in applied social science degrees needs to be respectful, clear, attentive, empathic, honest and non-judgemental.
  2. Student demonstrates:
    Sensitivity to individual and/or cultural differences.
    The ability to listen, understand and respond to verbal communication accurately, appropriately, empathically and in a timely manner.
    Consistent and appropriate awareness of own verbal communication style.
    The ability to provide clear instructions and guidelines in the context of the situation.
    Timely clear feedback and reporting.
  3. Why is verbal communication an inherent requirement?
    Communicating in a way that displays respect and empathy to others and develops trusting relationships.
    Speed and accuracy of communication may be critical for individual safety or therapeutic intervention.
    Accurate and effective delivery of verbal instructions is critical to individual safety, support and management.
  4. Adjustments offered by ACAP to assist students to meet the verbal communication requirement must address effectiveness, timeliness, clarity and accuracy issues to ensure safety and appropriate support.
  5. Examples of ways in which verbal communication applies to this course
    Participating and engaging in class and clinical discussions.
    Demonstrate effective communication with professional staff, teachers and peers.

Non-verbal

Inherent requirement statements

  1. Effective non-verbal communication is fundamental to many of the activities within practice units in the counselling and coaching minor streams, and needs to be respectful, clear, attentive, empathic, and non-judgemental.
  2. Student demonstrates:
    The capacity to recognise, interpret and respond appropriately to behavioural cues.
    Consistent and appropriate awareness of own behaviours.
    Sensitivity to individual and/or cultural differences.
  3. Why is non-verbal communication an inherent requirement?
    The ability to understand non-verbal cues assists with building rapport with people and gaining their trust and respect in academic and professional relationships.
    Displaying consistent and appropriate facial expressions, eye contact, being mindful of space, time boundaries and body movements and gestures promotes trust in academic and professional relationships.
    Being sensitive to individual and/or cultural differences displays respect and empathy to others , and develops trusting relationships.
    The ability to understand non-verbal cues is essential for safe and effective observation of clients' symptoms and reactions as part of their assessment and treatment.
  4. Adjustments offered by ACAP to assist students to meet the non-verbal communication requirement must enable the recognition, interpretation and appropriate response to non-verbal cues as well as initiation of effective non-verbal communication in a timely and appropriate manner.
  5. Examples of ways in which non-verbal communication applies to this course
    Recognising and responding to non-verbal cues indicating a change in the emotional state of a client during placement.
    Recognising and responding to non-verbal cues in classroom situations.
    Demonstrating an awareness of personal non-verbal behaviours and their impact on peers, academic teachers, and professional staff.

Written

Inherent requirement statements

  1. Effective written communication, in English, is a fundamental responsibility for social science professionals that carries professional and legal ramifications.
  2. Student demonstrates capacity to construct coherent written communication appropriate to the circumstances.
  3. Why is written communication an inherent requirement?
    Construction of text based assessment tasks to reflect the required academic standards are necessary to convey knowledge and understanding of relevant subject matter for professional practice.
    Accurate written communication for a range of purposes and audiences is vital to provide consistent and safe care when working with individuals, organisations and / or communities.
  4. Adjustments offered by ACAP to assist students to meet the written communication requirement must not compromise the necessary standards of clarity, accuracy and accessibility to ensure effective recording and transmission of information in both academic and clinical settings.
  5. Examples of ways in which written communication applies to this course
    Constructing written assignments to required academic standards including appropriate referencing of sources.

 

 Cognition

This course requires knowledge of theory and the skills of cognition and literacy.

Knowledge and cognitive skills

Inherent requirement statements

  1. Consistent knowledge and effective cognitive skills must be demonstrated to undertake safe and competent practice with individuals, organisations and communities.
  2. Student demonstrates:
    The capacity to locate appropriate and relevant information.
    The ability to process information relevant to practice.
    The ability to integrate and implement knowledge in practice.
  3. Why are knowledge and cognitive skills inherent requirements?
    Safe and effective application of social science principles is based on identifying and accurately extracting, plus understanding, information from a range of sources and applying this appropriately.
  4. Adjustments offered by ACAP to assist students to meet the knowledge and cognitive skills requirements must not compromise or impede student's ability to demonstrate the minimum acceptable level of knowledge and cognitive skill required to practise their work safely.
  5. Examples of ways in which knowledge and cognitive skills apply to this course
    Ability to conceptualise and use appropriate knowledge in simulated counselling and / or coaching exercises.

Literacy (language)

Inherent requirement statements

  1. Competent literacy skills are essential to provide safe and effective practice with individuals, organisations and communities.
  2. Student demonstrates:
    The ability to acquire information and accurately convey appropriate, effective messages.
    The ability to read and comprehend a range of literature and information.
    The capacity to understand and implement academic conventions to construct written text in a scholarly manner including making explicit links between practice and theory.
  3. Why is literacy (language) an inherent requirement?
    The ability to acquire information and to accurately convey messages is fundamental to ensure safe and effective assessment, treatment and delivery of counselling practice (counselling minor) and coaching practice (coaching minor).
    The ability to read, decode, interpret and comprehend multiple sources of information is fundamental for safe and effective delivery of counselling practice (counselling minor) and coaching practice (coaching minor).
    The ability to read, decode, interpret and comprehend multiple sources of information is fundamental for safe and effective practice in the applied social science fields when working with individuals, organisations and communities.
  4. Adjustments offered by ACAP to assist students to meet the literacy (language) requirement must not compromise the student's ability to demonstrate the minimum acceptable capacity to effectively acquire, comprehend, apply and communicate accurate information and engage in written reflection.
  5. Examples of ways in which literacy (language) applies to this course
    Paraphrasing, summarising and referencing in accordance with appropriate academic conventions, including the avoidance of plagiarism.
    Understanding class and assessment instructions and producing appropriate written responses.
 Relational skills

Inherent requirement statements

  1. Social science professionals often work closely with individuals, organisations and / or communities. Social science professionals use highly developed interpersonal skills to establish and maintain strong relationships.
  2. Student demonstrates:
    The ability to engage and relate appropriately in experiential learning groups.
  3. Why relational skills inherent requirements?
    Highly developed relational skills are a cornerstone of effective relationships that permit engagement, assessment, intervention and closure (counselling and coaching minors.
    Highly developed relational skills are necessary to engage effectively in the experiential training activities that support the content of the course.
  4. Adjustments offered by ACAP to assist students to meet the relational skills requirement must have the ability to demonstrate effective relational skills
  5. Examples of ways in which relational skills applies to this course
    Relating effectively, openly and sensitively to academic staff, professional staff and peers to facilitate an effective learning environment and manage one’s own academic progress.
 Reflective skills

Inherent requirement statements

  1. Social science professionals require self-awareness and a capacity for reflection in order to consider the effect of one’s own issues, actions, values and behaviours on practice.
  2. Student demonstrates:
    The ability to accurately reflect on their performance.
    The ability to accept feedback on their practice and respond constructively.
  3. Why are reflective skills inherent requirements?
    Working with individuals, organisations and communities and understanding and responding to them requires well developed understanding of oneself and the ability to effectively manage one's reactions to situations that may arise.
  4. Adjustments offered by ACAP to assists students to meet the reflective skills requirement must not compromise the student's ability to demonstrate an acceptable minimum level of capacity in this area.
  5. Examples of ways in which reflective skills applies to this course
    Identifying when an issue is outside one's scope or expertise, or when one's practice may be negatively affected by one’s personal experience and/or reactions.
    Demonstrating insight into one’s own relational style and behaviour.
    Identifying how one's own ability to relate to others may impede or enhance work with others when on field placement.
    Identifying how one's ability to relate to others may impede or enhance work with peers and academic teachers in classroom practice settings.

 

 Sustainable performance

Inherent requirement statements

  1. Social science professionals require both physical and mental stamina.
  2. Student demonstrates:
    Consistent and sustained level of physical energy to complete a specific task in a timely manner and over time.
    The ability to perform repetitive activities with a level of concentration that ensures a capacity to focus on the activity until it is completed appropriately.
    The capacity to maintain consistency and quality of performance throughout the designated period of time.
  3. Why is sustainable performance an inherent requirement?
    Sufficient physical and mental endurance is an essential requirement needed to complete the compulsory components of the course.
  4. Adjustments offered by ACAP to assist students to meet the sustainable performance requirement must ensure that performance is consistent and sustained over a required period.
  5. Examples of ways in which sustainable behaviour applies to this course
    Participating in the classroom and / or online learning environment as scheduled and for the required duration.
    Meeting all attendance requirements as specified in each unit outline, and for the course as a whole.