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HSW314 - Social Work Field Education A

Unit details

Year2018 unit information
Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Waterfront (Geelong), Cloud (online)^ with significant campus requirements, CBD*

Credit point(s):4
EFTSL value:


Cohort rule:

This unit is available only to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Social Work (H330)

Unit chair:



Completion of all level 1 and level 2 HSW coded core units and MLS231 or HSW201



Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Campus: 70 days (500 hours) of practicum (field placement). Campus students are expected to attend Waterfront Campus (Geelong) for:

  • a one day pre-placement seminar (1) in Trimester 2 of the year before placement;
  • a one day pre-placement seminar (2) in late February of the year of placement;
  • and three integration seminars during placement. Dates to be advised.


Cloud (online): 70 days (500 hours) of practicum (field placement) in a social or community service agency or program.

^Students are required to undertake a one day pre-placement preparation seminar at Waterfront (Geelong) in Trimester 2 of the year prior to when placement is to be undertaken - date to be advised. Students are also required to participate in three integration seminars and online activities.


*CBD refers to Institute of Koorie Education – Community Based Delivery


This unit requires students to develop an individualised educational learning plan for their structured and supervised practicum in an approved human service organisation. As per the regulatory requirements of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) students are provided with 1.5 hours per week of supervision from a field educator who is a qualified social worker with a minimum of two years post qualifying experience, who has undertaken appropriate supervision training. The student and the placement field educator are supported by the university liaison person (ULP) who is a qualified social worker with a minimum of five years post qualifying experience who provides a minimum of two substantial contacts. Opportunities are provided for students to integrate theory with practice and develop the required skills and knowledge base to meet the AASW Practice Standards. Students are placed in a range of setting where learning experiences are with individuals, families, groups and communities.


Assessment task 1: Placement portfolio comprising field placement agreement, log of hours, safety audit, cloud (online) activities, field education learning plan.

Assessment task 2: Mid-placement review report. Students and field educators complete and submit a report using a University-provided template to provide a rating and comment on each of the learning goals that incorporate the eight AASW practice standards identified in their agreed learning plan. This is presented to the University liaison person prior to submission.

Assessment task 3: Critical reflection assignment (1500 words)

Assessment task 4: Final placement review report. Building on the mid-placement report students and field educators complete a final placement review report of the student's learning against the learning goals identified and agreed upon in the learning plan.

A student's performance in field education units is graded as an Ungraded Pass (UP) or Fail. All assessment items must be completed to a satisfactory standard to attain a UP grade.


Students need to demonstrate ethical and professional conduct in accordance with:

  • AASW Code of Ethics
  • Deakin University Student Charter
  • Deakin University Regulation 04.1(1) - General Misconduct


Hurdle requirement - Cloud (online) students only

Attendance at a 1 day seminar held during trimester prior to enrolment at Waterfront (Geelong) campus - date to be advised

Prescribed texts

Cleak, H. & Wilson, J. (2013). Making the Most of Field Placement (3rd ed.). South Melbourne, Vic, Cengage Learning.

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