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Gold Coast
Online
Session1, 2

Unit Summary

Unit type

PG Coursework Unit

Credit points

24

AQF level

9

Level of learning

Advanced

Unit aim

Part 1 of 2 units comprising the second social work field placement. Engages students in 600 hours (across WEL92005 and WEL92006) of supervised social work practice, in a different human service organisation to which they completed the first social work field placement (WEL91006-7). Develops professional skills, knowledge and values in line with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) practice standards for social work. Transfers learning gained from other units in the course to practice in a real organisation. Emphasis is placed on the use of research to inform social work practice and policy change.

Unit content

  1. Analysing the agency context
  2. Forming professional relationships with clients, colleagues and others
  3. Communicating effectively with a range of stakeholders
  4. Understanding the role of social workers within the organisation
  5. Understanding the range of social work practice within this setting
  6. Making effective use of professional supervision
  7. Identifying the potential for research to inform social work practice and policy change

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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 form and maintain professional and ethical social work relationships with clients and colleagues in a human service organisation Ethical practice Knowledge of a discipline Communication and social skills
2 demonstrate and critically reflect on effective communication with clients, colleagues and other key stakeholders Ethical practice Knowledge of a discipline Communication and social skills
3 analyse the ways in which a social work service is provided within the organisation Ethical practice Knowledge of a discipline
4 articulate a professional practice framework, drawing on social work knowledge, that can be applied to a range of social work settings Ethical practice Knowledge of a discipline Lifelong learning Communication and social skills
5 engage in professional supervision to increase learning about social work practice. Ethical practice Knowledge of a discipline Lifelong learning Communication and social skills

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

  1. form and maintain professional and ethical social work relationships with clients and colleagues in a human service organisation
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  2. demonstrate and critically reflect on effective communication with clients, colleagues and other key stakeholders
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  3. analyse the ways in which a social work service is provided within the organisation
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. articulate a professional practice framework, drawing on social work knowledge, that can be applied to a range of social work settings
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  5. engage in professional supervision to increase learning about social work practice.
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
    • GA6: Communication and social skills

Prescribed texts

  • Cleak, H & Wilson, J , 2019, Making the Most of Field Placement, 4th edn, Cengage, South Melbourne. ISBN: 9780170417006.

  • Cleak, H & Wilson, J , 2019, Making the Most of Field Placement, 4th edn, Cengage, South Melbourne. ISBN: 9780170417006.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.