Available in 2018

Course handbook

Description

Each student is placed in a human service organization for a minimum of 70 days (500 hours) to complete social work tasks under the supervision of a qualified social worker. Academic staff locate and support the field practicum. Each student is allocated to a practicum organisation by the BSW (Hons) academic staff, taking into account the learning needs of the student and the type of placements available. The practicum is assessed against learning objectives. Students are well supported during the practicum with a preparation for practicum workshop prior to the commencement of the placement, mid-placement workshops during the practicum and a staff liaison person allocated to each student.

Policies, procedures and expectations relating to field practicum courses in the Bachelor of Social Work (Hons) program are detailed in the BSW (Hons) Field Education Handbook, a copy of which is available on the Social Work Program Blackboard site, and also on the Professional Experience Unit site.


Availability2018 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 2 - 2018

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate social work assessment and intervention by applying skills, knowledge and methods relevant to presenting practice situations.

2. Engage with clients/service users/communities in a respectful, non-discriminatory way that is appropriate to presenting situations and in keeping with ethical and legislative requirements.

3. Demonstrate appropriate written communication skills in recording and reporting on practice in keeping with ethical principles, legislative requirements and organisational procedures.

4. Demonstrate effective communication and teamwork when engaging with other professional disciplines.

5. Demonstrate self reflection and use of supervision to increase self awareness, manage stress and improve practice.

6. Show understanding of policies, procedures and structures within the organisation and wider systems and how policies impact on outcomes for clients, groups and communities.

7. Identify potential for positive change and how this might be achieved in practice.

8. Apply knowledge and skills in conducting research consistent with social work values and principles.

9. Show initiative and responsibility for own learning and professional development.


Content

Each student is placed in a human service organisation for a minimum of 70 days (500 hours) to complete social work tasks under the supervision of a qualified social worker (field educator). Students may also be placed with a non-social worker (field educator) - but provided with the weekly support and supervision by a qualified social worker (external field educator).

The student prepares a learning plan in consultation with the field educator and/or their external field educator that specifies tasks and outcomes to be achieved during the practicum. The learning plan identifies how the student will demonstrate achievement of the learning objectives, against which the student is assessed.

Workshops during the placement will address practicum learning processes needed to progress through the course.


Review of Progress

This course is a compulsory program requirement for students in the following program(s):

In addition to meeting the University's overall requirements for academic progression, students enrolled in these program(s) must satisfactorily complete this course in order to progress in their program.


Requisite

This course is only available to students who have successfully completed SWRK4009 and SWRK4300 and are active in the Bachelor of Social Work program.


Assumed knowledge

SWRK1001, SWRK1002, SWRK2001, SWRK2003, SWRK3002, SWRK3007, SWRK3300, SWRK4500


Assessment items

Professional Task: Placement written tasks

Professional Task: Field practice

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Campus component tasks

Professional Task: Ethical and professional conduct


Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

Pre-Placement Requirements:

  • National Police Certificate - Students must complete a National Police Check.
  • National Police Certificate - Students must complete a National Police Check.
  • Working with Children - A national criminal history check and review of findings of misconduct involving children, required for any child-related work.
  • Working with Children - A national criminal history check and review of findings of misconduct involving children, required for any child-related work.

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct

Practicum

Face to Face Off Campus 500 hour(s) per Term Full Term

Practicum for 500 Hour(s) or 70 days per Term

Workshop

Face to Face On Campus 21 hour(s) per Term Full Term