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HSW715 - Professional Practice in Social Work B

Unit details

Year2017 unit information
Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2: CBD*, Cloud (online)^

Credit point(s):3
EFTSL value:


Cohort rule:

This unit is only available to students enrolled in H703 Master of Social Work

Unit chair:

Di Ashworth


Completion of all units in course H703 except HSW704



Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin.

^Students enrolled in Cloud (online) are also expected to attend a 2 day seminar at Waterfront (Geelong) on Saturday 6 May, Sunday 7 May, Monday 8 May and Tuesday 9 May 2017.


*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

Unit Fee Information

Unit fee information available soon

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