Unit description

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.

Unit content

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

Learning outcomes

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

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • 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.

Session 2

  • 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.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Field work 200 hours over 12 weeks (per session)
Assessment
Placement details formSR
Role and responsibilities agreementSR
Learning PlanSR
JournalSR
ReportSR
ReportSR
JournalSR
Field educator's evaluationSR

Online

Teaching method
Field work 200 hours over 12 weeks (per session)
Assessment
Placement details formSR
Role and responsibilities agreementSR
Learning PlanSR
JournalSR
ReportSR
ReportSR
JournalSR
Field educator's evaluationSR
Notice

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information

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