Supervised Field Placement 1A

Subject SCWK90048 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

February, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 15-Feb-2016 to 01-Apr-2016
Assessment Period End 01-Apr-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 24-Feb-2016
Census Date 26-Feb-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 18-Mar-2016

May, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 16-May-2016 to 01-Jul-2016
Assessment Period End 01-Jul-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 25-May-2016
Census Date 27-May-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 17-Jun-2016

September, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 05-Sep-2016 to 21-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 21-Oct-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 14-Sep-2016
Census Date 16-Sep-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 07-Oct-2016

November, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 28-Nov-2016 to 20-Jan-2017
Assessment Period End 20-Jan-2017
Last date to Self-Enrol 08-Dec-2016
Census Date 09-Dec-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-Jan-2017

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: 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.

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
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:


Dr Nicole Hill, Ms Judy Wookey


Subject Overview:

This agency-based supervised placement subject provides an intense 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 first 34 days of the first professional placement required 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:

  • 1 day of university and agency-based preparation seminars; and
  • 34 days of field placement (inclusive of 1 day university-based integration seminar and 8 x 1 hr pre-placement preparation seminars)

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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