Available in 2022
Course code

SWRK4400

Units

30 units

Level

4000 level

Course handbook

Description

Each student is placed in a human service organization for a minimum of 500 hours to complete social work tasks with the support of supervision from 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 placement support, integrated 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.


Availability

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

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

1. Display professionalism and integrity, including practicing in a professional manner that is in accordance with social work values and ethics, the AASW Code of Ethics and shows an understanding of policies, procedures and structures within the organisation and wider systems and how these impact on outcomes for clients, groups and communities.

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

3. Articulate knowledge for social work practice, including systemic influences, theories and concepts, the role of research and evaluation and articulate how theories, and knowledge informs practice.

4. Demonstrate skills in social work practice, including assessment and intervention, working collaboratively, and critical, and reflective practice.

5. Employ effective communication and teamwork when engaging with a diverse range of people, including other professional disciplines.

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

7. Participate in self-reflection and effective use of supervision to increase self-awareness, manage stress and continually develop practice, taking initiative and responsibility for own learning and professional development.


Content

Each student is placed in a human service organisation for a minimum of 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.


Requisites

To enrol in this course students must be active in the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) (12317), and have successfully completed SWRK4009 and SWRK4300.

To enrol in this course students must be active in the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) (12317), and have successfully completed SWRK4009 and SWRK4300.


Assumed knowledge

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


Assessment items

Professional Task: Placement reviews (formative)

Professional Task: Field work reports (formative)


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

Online Activity

Online 6 hour(s) per Term Full Term

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 9 hour(s) per Term Full Term

3hr preplacement workshop + 6hr mid-placement workshop + 6hr online

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