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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

8

Level of learning

Advanced

Unit aim

Part 2 of two units comprising the final social work honours placement. Engages students in 500 hours (across Social Work Honours Placement IIa and IIb) of supervised social work practice in a human service organisation. Develops professional skills, including high level critical analysis skills, knowledge and values based on the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) practice standards for social work. Transfers learning gained from other units in the course to practice and research in a real organisation. 

Unit content

1. Forming, maintaining and ending professional relationships with clients, colleagues and others.

2. Communicating effectively with a range of stakeholders, across a range of interdisciplinary settings.

3. Presenting research findings to colleagues and other professionals.

4. Critically  evaluating own practice by gaining feedback from clients and community members.

5. Developing, implementating and using research to inform social work practice and policy change.

6. Leadership roles within human service organisations and the health and community service sector.

7. Developing a professional practice framework that draws on a wide range of social work knowledge.

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 form, maintain and end professional and ethical social work relationships with clients and colleagues in a human service organisation
2 demonstrate and critically reflect on effective communication with clients, colleagues and other key stakeholders, across a range of interdisciplinary settings
3 analyse and critically reflect on the ways in which a social work service is provided within the organisation
4 use and critically reflect on social work knowledge, including theoretical and research knowledge, to inform social work practice in this agency and to inform policy change
5 engage in professional supervision to increase learning about social work practice, evaluation and research and identify learning needs that extend beyond graduation
6 develop a multi-faceted practice framework drawing on a range of social work knowledge

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. form, maintain and end professional and ethical social work relationships with clients and colleagues in a human service organisation
    • GA3:
    • GA4:
    • GA6:
  2. demonstrate and critically reflect on effective communication with clients, colleagues and other key stakeholders, across a range of interdisciplinary settings
    • GA3:
    • GA4:
    • GA6:
  3. analyse and critically reflect on the ways in which a social work service is provided within the organisation
    • GA3:
    • GA4:
  4. use and critically reflect on social work knowledge, including theoretical and research knowledge, to inform social work practice in this agency and to inform policy change
    • GA3:
    • GA4:
  5. engage in professional supervision to increase learning about social work practice, evaluation and research and identify learning needs that extend beyond graduation
    • GA3:
    • GA4:
    • GA7:
  6. develop a multi-faceted practice framework drawing on a range of social work knowledge
    • GA7: