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HSW715 - Professional Practice in Social Work B

Unit details

Year2018 unit information
Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2: CBD*, Cloud (online)^ with significant campus requirements

Credit point(s):3
EFTSL value:


Cohort rule:

Only available to students enrolled in H703 Master of Social Work

Unit chair:

Di Ashworth


All of HSW701, HSW703, HSW705 HSW702, HSW714, HSW707, HSW709, HSW711, HBS745 and either HSH725 or AIP747



Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

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

^Students must attend and participate in a 4 day pre-placement preparation seminar at Waterfront (Geelong) in Trimester 1 of the year placement is to be undertaken. In 2017 this will be on Monday 1 May, Tuesday 2 May, Wednesday 3 May and Thursday 4 May. Students are also required to participate online activities.


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


This unit requires students to undertake research in a practice setting as a key focus of a structured and supervised field placement 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 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 Association of Social Workers Practice Standards. Students are placed in a range of settings where learning experiences are with individuals, families, groups and communities. The placement can include interpersonal work, and will require students to engage in a substantial piece of practice research of relevance to the agency in the placement setting.


Assessment task 1: Placement portfolio

Assessment task 2: Mid-placement review report

Assessment task 3: Practice research report (3000 words) and verbal presentation

Assessment task 4: Final placement review report

All assessment items must be completed to a satisfactory standard to attain an UP grade.


Hurdle requirement

Attendance at a 4 day seminar held during trimester prior to enrolment at Waterfront Campus - dates to be advised

Unit Fee Information

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