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HSW415 - Social Work Field Education B

Unit details

Year2016 unit information
Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2: Waterfront (Geelong), Cloud (online), CBD*

Credit point(s):4
EFTSL value:0.500
Cohort rule:

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

Unit chair:

Norah Hosken

Prerequisite:Completion of all Social Work core units from levels 1 to 4
Corequisite:

Nil

Incompatible with:

Nil

Contact hours:

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 the Waterfront Campus (Geelong) in Trimester One of the year placement is to be undertaken. This is likely to be held approximately week 9 (subject to final timetabling decisions by the University) of Trimester One. Student are also required to participate in three integration seminars and online activities.

Note:

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

Content

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

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 and theoretical integration assignment (2000 words)
Assessment task 4: Final placement review report. Building on the midplacement 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.

Requirements
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

Prescribed texts

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

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