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Unit description

Part 1 of 2 units comprising the first social work field placement. Engages students in 400 hours (across SWRK5005 and SWRK5006) of supervised social work practice in a human service organisation developing professional skills, knowledge and values in line with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) practice standards for social work. Transfers learning gained from other units to practice in a real organisation.

Unit content

Topic 1: Analysing the agency context
Topic 2: Forming and maintaining ethical and professional relationships with clients, colleagues and others
Topic 3: Communicating effectively with a range of stakeholders from diverse populations
Topic 4: Understanding the role of social workers within the organisation
Topic 5: Understanding the range of social work practice and application of theory within this setting
Topic 6: Making effective use of professional supervision
Topic 7: Understanding and developing evidence based social work practice relevant to the setting 

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.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1form professional and ethical social work relationships with clients and colleagues in a human service organisation
2demonstrate effective communication with clients, colleagues and other key stakeholders
3analyse the organisation, its location within wider social systems and its relationship with other organisations, such as auspicing bodies and funding agencies
4analyse the ways in which a social work service is provided within the organisation
5make use of professional supervision to increase their learning about social work practice.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. form professional and ethical social work relationships with clients and colleagues in a human service organisation
  2. demonstrate effective communication with clients, colleagues and other key stakeholders
  3. analyse the organisation, its location within wider social systems and its relationship with other organisations, such as auspicing bodies and funding agencies
  4. analyse the ways in which a social work service is provided within the organisation
  5. make use of professional supervision to increase their learning about social work practice.

Prescribed texts

  • Prescribed text information is not currently available.

  • Cleak, H & Wilson, J , 2019, Making the Most of Field Placement , 4th edn, Cengage, South Melbourne. ISBN: 9780170417006.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Field work 400 hours ( across SWRK5005 and SWRK5006)
Assessment
Initial Learning PlanSR
JournalSR
PerformanceSR

Teaching method
Field work 400 hours (across SWRK5005 and SWRK5006)
Assessment
Initial Learning PlanSR
JournalSR
PerformanceSR
Notice

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Fee information

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