Field Placement 1b - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.375 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Print Only
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: Sess 1 , Sess 2
  • Assessment: Portfolio - evidence (100%)

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2016 Fees
Domestic 6,563.00
HECS 2,346.00

This initial field placement unit provides the students undertaking the Master of Social Work degree with the opportunity to apply their university based learning to practice situations. Students are required to complete 476 hours i.e. 17 four day weeks on-site practice with a social work qualified field supervisor in a suitable human service organisation. The course will focus on facilitating students' development of the skills, knowledge, attitudes and analyses necessary to enter the field as a social work practitioner. Students must complete the Field Placement Preparation course in the semester prior to completing 1b which allows them to go on actual placement hours in the organisation provided for them.

After successfully completing this unit you should be able to:

  1. apply theoretical concepts to practice situations
  2. practise and further develop communication, interactive and intervention skills in an organisation setting
  3. engage in the processes, practices and considerations of service delivery and decision-making as experienced by social work professionals
  4. observe and reflect on the application of basic social work principles and the ethical considerations of practice
  5. identify and examine personal values and recognise the impact of these on their own practice
  6. acquire a general knowledge and understanding of the social work profession including different models and approaches to practice
  7. recognise and critique the impact of relevant policies and legislation on individuals, families, communities and service delivery
  8. identify and access available resources
  9. develop the skills and discipline of self-monitoring and self-evaluation.
  10. understand the place of the AASW Code of Ethics (and Codes of Ethics and Practice more generally) and the AASW Practice Standards in social work practice and apply these to practice situations
  11. critically identify and apply prior and current knowledge and understand and demonstrate its transferability to social work contexts
  12. critically identify learning needs in relation to leadership development and begin to demonstrate these in the practicum
  • Portfolio — evidence (100%)

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

Pre requisite: HSV7034 1a (Preparation for Placement 1) Pre or Co requisite: HSV7061 (Social Work Theory for Practice)

  • Broadband access
  • Includes Placement — Includes 17 weeks of placement 4 days per week 7 hours plus breaks per day
  • Includes Travel — You will be required to arrange your own travel to the placement Organisation you will complete field placement in.

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Preparation for Social Work Field Placement 1

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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