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HSW314 - Social Work Field Education A

Unit details

Year2016 unit information
Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Waterfront (Geelong), Cloud (online), 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:

Judith Moyle


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



Incompatible with:



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

Aside from its national focus through the Cloud (online) mode, the course was established to service many rural areas in Australia and has a strong rural focus. For this reason it is expected that students will have one placement which has a rural focus - i.e. one where clients and/or workers face issues related to rurality such as isolation and lack of access to services. Students are required to undertake pre-placement preparation (two day seminar for those residing in Victoria; teleconference or CloudDeakin activities for those residing interstate). These pre-placement seminars must be completed prior to going on placement and will take place at the start of each trimester.


In consultation with their academic and field educators, students are expected to develop an individualised educational plan for the practicum. This plan should be designed so that they are able to demonstrate that they have begun to master the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) practice standards by working with selected clientele and sharing in selected aspects of the associated work of the agencies in which they are placed. Students will be expected to reflect critically on day-to-day experiences in practicum, explore issues and make verbal and written presentations to peers, colleagues and mentors. Students are required to attend three Integration Seminars at Waterfront (Geelong) and respond to nominated discussion questions on CloudDeakin.


Assessment task 1: 70 days (500 hours) of practicum (field placement) in a social or community service agency or program
Assessment task 2: Critical Reflection Report (1500 words)
Assessment task 3: Completion of weekly reflective journal for discussion in professional supervision

Students and field educators need to complete and submit mid placement and final placement assessment documents using the Deakin BSW field placement assessment formats.

The practicum is ungraded and students will receive either a pass or fail grade.

Unit Fee Information

All Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), fee paying undergraduate and pre-2016 commencing students

Unit fee information available soon

2016 commencing International and full fee paying postgraduate domestic students

Your units are priced based on the course you are enrolled in. Please refer to the current year's course entry to estimate the unit cost.

You can calculate the cost of each unit by using the following calculation:

Course fee x unit EFTSL value = unit price

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