In this unit you will work alongside professional colleagues engaged in the provision of human services. This work based learning experience consists of a structured and supervised University organised field education placement where you will link and apply theory with social work practice. To best prepare and support you in your first placement, 10 hours of attendance in a pre-placement two-day intensive is required. The placement experience is enhanced by participation in University based seminars.

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192 credit points of Core ABSW units (first and second year units).

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Negotiate and validate a plan for professional learning consistent with the placement context of practice and aligned to AASW Graduate Practice Standards and Attributes (2019);  
  2. Apply social work knowledge, values and ethics to a particular field of practice in accordance with the AASW Code of Ethics (2010) and AASW Graduate Practice Standards and Attributes (2019);  
  3. Demonstrate cultural responsiveness, sensitivity and inclusive practice that promotes the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their cultures;  
  4. Establish respectful and accountable professional relationships and communications with a diverse range of individuals, groups, colleagues and communities; and  
  5. Effectively demonstrate use of social work theories and methods informed by a critically reflective approach to practice.  


Assessment in this unit is aligned with the Practice Standards outlined in the Australian Association of Social Workers Accreditation Standards (ASWEAS, 2019). Performance on field placement is assessed in relation to your individual professional learning plan, as detailed in the Social Work Field Education Manual.
Assessment type Description Grade
Exercise Plan for professional learning Pass/Fail
Practicum Mid placement assessment Pass/Fail
Practicum Final placement assessment Pass/Fail
Students are required to attend a minimum of 500 hours of supervised field education, which includes 12 hours of attendance and participation in theory-practice integration seminars. In the event of illness, students are required to make up missed placement hours. Where circumstances exist so that a student cannot attend the pre-placement intensive and integration seminars in person (e.g. rural/regional placement), engagement in the seminars will be by negotiation with the Unit Convenor.

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This unit is studied as part of the following courses. Refer to the course page for information on how to apply for the course.

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