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Unit Summary

Unit type

PG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

9

Level of learning

Intermediate

Unit aim

Students spend 150 hours engaging in supervised Social Work practice, in the same human service organisation in which they completed WEL91006, developing professional skills, knowledge and values in line with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) practice standards for social work. Students transfer learning gained from other units in their course to practice 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
  3. Analysing team work and other group dynamics within the workplace
  4. Engaging in critical self reflection
  5. Critically reflecting on development of own communication skills
  6. Making effective use of professional supervision7. Identifying gaps in learning and ongoing learning needs

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
3 analyse the organisation, its location within wider social systems and its relationship with other organisations, such as auspicing bodies and funding agencies
4 analyse the ways in which a social work service is provided within the organisation
5 make use of professional supervision to increase their learning about social work practice.

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
    • GA3:
    • GA4:
    • GA6:
  3. analyse the organisation, its location within wider social systems and its relationship with other organisations, such as auspicing bodies and funding agencies
    • GA3:
    • GA4:
    • GA5:
  4. analyse the ways in which a social work service is provided within the organisation
    • GA3:
    • GA4:
    • GA5:
  5. make use of professional supervision to increase their learning about social work practice.
    • GA3:
    • GA4:
    • GA6:

Prescribed texts

  • Cleak, H & Wilson, J, 2013, Making the Most of Field Placement, 3rd edn, Cengage, South Melbourne. ISBN: 9780170222433.
  • McDonald, C, Craik, C, Hawkins, L & Williams, J, 2011, Professional Practice in Human Services Organisations, Allen and Unwin, Sydney. ISBN: 9781742370392.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.