Supervised Field Placement 1B

Subject SCWK90049 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

January, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 26-Jan-2015 to 12-Mar-2015
Assessment Period End 12-Mar-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 04-Feb-2015
Census Date 06-Feb-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 27-Feb-2015

April, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 06-Apr-2015 to 22-May-2015
Assessment Period End 22-May-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 15-Apr-2015
Census Date 17-Apr-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 08-May-2015

July, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 06-Jul-2015 to 22-Aug-2015
Assessment Period End 22-Aug-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 15-Jul-2015
Census Date 17-Jul-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 07-Aug-2015

October, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 19-Oct-2015 to 04-Dec-2015
Assessment Period End 04-Dec-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 28-Oct-2015
Census Date 30-Oct-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 20-Nov-2015

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Contact Hours: 250 hours comprised of: 34 days agency-based placement, including 1 day university-based integrative seminar. Pre-placement preparation 8 x 1 hr seminars. These contact hours are part of the accreditation requirements set by the Australian Association of Social Workers.
Total Time Commitment:

250 hours.


As follows:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
February, May, September, November
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:


Ms Judy Wookey


Social Work

School of Health Sciences
The University of Melbourne
Alan Gilbert Building

Level 7, 161 Barry St
Carlton Victoria 3053 AUSTRALIA
T: +61 3 8344 4171
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.

Learning Outcomes:

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 (34 days) and 1 day university based integrative seminar and pre-placement preparation.
  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

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