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HSW314 - Social Work Field Education A

Unit details

Year2015 unit information
Enrolment modes:

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

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

Prerequisite:Completion of all level 1 and level 2 HSW coded core units and MLS231


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

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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