Supervised Field Placement 1B

Subject SCWK90049 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 270 hours comprised of: 7 weeks x 5 days (7.5 hours per day) agency-based placement, including two university-based integration seminars. (These contact hours are part of the accreditaion requirements set by the Australian Association of Social Workers) One day of university and agency-based field preparation pre-placement.
Total Time Commitment:

270 hours.


As follows:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2013
Not offered in 2013
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


Social Work

School of Health Sciences
The University of Melbourne
Level 1, 200 Berkeley St
Carlton Victoria 3053 AUSTRALIA
T: +61 3 8344 9419
F: +61 3 8344 4188


Subject Overview:

This agency-based supervised placement subject provides an intensive practice learning experience. It provides students with opportunities for both professional learning and development and workplace preparation. Students will learn to integrate theory and practice. They will develop practice skills, increase their knowledge of the interface between policy, research and evidence-based practice and increase their understanding of the organisational context of policy and practice. This subject requires students to attend university and agency-based preparation seminars, early placement seminars and an integration seminar and complete the second 35 days of the first professional placement requirement within the MSW course.


The goal of this subject is to enable students to develop foundation level social work practice and intervention skills (with a focus on casework) and demonstrate beginning competence in the key areas of learning.

  1. A hurdle requirement of 100% attendance at field placement and 1 x 3 hours university-based integration seminars totalling 35 days.
  2. A 3,000 word practice portfolio and report assessed on a pass/fail basis. The portfolio is developed throughout the duration of the placement, and is due at the end of semester.
Prescribed Texts:

Cleak, H., & Wilson, J. (2007). Making the most of field placement (2nd ed). Southbank: Thomson Learning.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Students who complete this subject should be able to:

  • critically analyse texts and practices;
  • understand recent developments in social work contexts of practice;
  • link theory to practice;
  • competently communicate in ways relevant to both academic and practice contexts;
  • undertake independent research
Related Course(s): Master of Social Work
Master of Social Work (250)

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