HCS102 Communication and Human Services (8)


This subject is the basic communications subject in the Human Services and is intended for students who have not studied at university level previously. The subject is built around the concepts of being, thinking and doing. The subject requires students to consider their own values and ethics in the context of the values and ethics of the helping professions. The subject teaches thinking skills including structured thinking, critical thinking, systemic thinking and lateral thinking. It commences the process of critiquing research and arguments. The subject develops basic communication skills in the written form necessary for social work, human services and social welfare.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
InternalDubbo Campus
InternalPort Macquarie
InternalWagga Wagga Campus
DistanceWagga Wagga Campus
Session 2
DistanceWagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: HCS102
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sesssionHD/FLSchool of Humanities and Social Sciences

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
- be able to demonstrate their identification with, and have a basic understanding of, the values needed in the Human Services and an understanding of their own values and approaches
- be able to apply the basic principles of learning and research operative in a university environment
- be able to communicate in writing as required for successful university study and a career in the Human Services
- be able to demonstrate the acquisition of introductory skills in critical thinking, critical reasoning, research and various forms of communicating in an academic environment


The subject will cover the following topics:
- Values and ethics in the Human Services - Literacy and writing skills for university study - Structured, Systemic, and Lateral thinking - Critical thinking and reasoning - Information synthesis and analysis - The ethos of scholarship


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.