Students are required to spend 200 hours in a welfare organisational setting under the supervision of an experienced field educator who assists the student to integrate theory with practice by creating a suitable learning environment.
Topic 1. Developing a working relationship
Topic 2. Negotiation skills
Topic 3. Organisational structures, goals, culture, and change
Topic 4. Networking
Topic 5. Communication skills
Topic 6. Supervision
Topic 7. Financial systems and accountability
Topic 8. Legal rights and responsibilities
Topic 9. Program evaluation and accountability
Topic 10. Ethical dimensions of practice
Topic 11. Decision making
Topic 12. Interviewing skills
Topic 13. Role of the human services worker
Topic 14. Assessment skills
Topic 15. Teamwork
Topic 16. Skills for disengaging
Topic 17. Digital literacy
Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.
Learning outcomes and graduate attributes
GA1: Intellectual rigour,
GA3: Ethical practice,
GA4: Knowledge of a discipline,
GA5: Lifelong learning,
GA6: Communication and social skills,
GA7: Cultural competence
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||develop and maintain professional relationships||Ethical practice||Knowledge of a discipline||Communication and social skills|
|2||apply knowledge (research and theory) and skills to map the network of services within the social and community services sector||Knowledge of a discipline||Communication and social skills|
|3||apply knowledge (research and theory) and skills to practice appropriate to the organisational context||Knowledge of a discipline||Communication and social skills|
|4||apply knowledge (research and theory) and skills in assessing need and/or risk||Knowledge of a discipline||Communication and social skills|
|5||participate in team processes and understand decision making frameworks||Ethical practice||Knowledge of a discipline||Communication and social skills|
|6||demonstrate an understanding of practice ethics||Ethical practice||Lifelong learning||Communication and social skills|
|7||understand evaluation processes and undertake personal reflection in a human services context.||Ethical practice||Knowledge of a discipline||Lifelong learning||Communication and social skills|
- Cleak, H & Wilson, J , 2013, Making the Most of Field Placement, 3rd edn, Cengage, South Melbourne. ISBN: 9780170222433.
- McDonald, C, Craik, C, Hawkins, L & Williams, J , 2011, Professional Practice in Human Service Organisations, Allan & Unwin, Crows Nest. ISBN: 9781742370392.
- O’Connor, I, Wilson, J, Setterlund, D & Hughes, M , 2008, Social Work and Human Service Practice, 5th edn, Pearson Longman, Frenchs Forest. ISBN: 9781741039061.
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