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HSH312 - Professional Practice in Human Services

Unit details

Year2015 unit information
Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Cloud (online)^

Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Cloud (online)^

Trimester 3: Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Cloud (online)^

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Cohort rule:

Offered to students completing the Human Services major only

Unit chair:

Trimester 1: Rebecca Patrick

Trimester 2: Greer Lamaro

Trimester 3: Rebecca Patrick


HDS101, HSH114, HSW235, HSH214, plus HSH302 which is also a corequisite.

Incompatible with: HSH303
Contact hours:

2 x 2 hour seminars (conducted prior to the commencement of trimester) 1 x 2 hour seminar (week 11); fieldwork x 100 hours (across weeks 1-11 of trimester)


^Students enrol as Cloud (online), however there are significant campus requirements.

Police checks and a Working with Children Check (WWCC) are a mandatory requirement for human services (health/welfare).


This unit builds on previous units undertaken as part of the Human Services major (HDS101, HSH114, HSH214, HSW235, HSH302). The unit provides students with an opportunity to gain practical experience of human services (health/welfare), and apply the various theories and strategies learnt in the course. Students will further develop their skills by undertaking a placement at an organisation providing human services (health/welfare). The seminars will: a) provide general background information on the expectations of the unit, b) complete the student selection process, and c) clarify the expectations of the human services organisation, the student and the university. Students will complete 100 hours of work experience within an appropriate organisation in Victoria (e.g. government department, non-government organisation, health service, welfare agency, community group). Students will then be required to attend a further seminar in week 11 to reflect on and discuss their practicum experience. They will also have the opportunity to consider the implications for their career development and employment in the human services field (health/welfare).

Students need to be in regular contact with the HSH312 Unit Chair during the preceding Trimester to enable planning of their student placement.


Assessment task 1: Practicum proposal (1500 words) 20%

Assessment task 2: Practicum workbook 25%

Assessment task 3: Project report (2000 words) 35%

Assessment task 4: Supervisor's report 20%

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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