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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


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 undertake at least one placement which has a rural focus.


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 task 1: Placement portfolio comprising field placement agreement, log of hours, reflective learning journal, 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 mid-placement 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.

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

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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