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HSW715 - Professional Practice in Social Work B

Unit details

Year2015 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:

^Attendance at a one day intensive pre-placement seminar in Trimester 1 is compulsory.


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

^Students enrol as Cloud (online) students; however there are significant placement and campus requirements


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.


All assessment items must be completed to a satisfactory standard to attain an UP grade.

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

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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