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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

24

Faculty/College

Faculty of Health

Unit aim

Students are required to spend 200 hours in a human service organisation under the supervision of an experienced field educator who assists the student to integrate theory with practice by creating a suitable learning environment.

Unit content

Topic 1: Ethical Practice
Topic 2: Provision of service and supports
Topic 3: Confidentiality in the workplace
Topic 4: The regulatory framework
Topic 5: Diversity
Topic 6: The Workplace
Topic 7: Professional development
Topic 8: Professional standing 

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.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1 develop and maintain professional and ethical relationships and effective communication with clients, colleagues, supervisors and other professionals, including active participation in team and/or network processes
2 analyse and apply knowledge (research and theory) and skills to practice; assessing needs and/or risk appropriate to the professional guidelines and ethics, and organisational context
3 demonstrate an understanding of decision making frameworks, evaluation processes, and organisational settings in the human services context and their impact on employees and clients
4 undertake personal reflection and critical evaluation of practice and processes in a human services context.

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

  1. develop and maintain professional and ethical relationships and effective communication with clients, colleagues, supervisors and other professionals, including active participation in team and/or network processes
  2. analyse and apply knowledge (research and theory) and skills to practice; assessing needs and/or risk appropriate to the professional guidelines and ethics, and organisational context
  3. demonstrate an understanding of decision making frameworks, evaluation processes, and organisational settings in the human services context and their impact on employees and clients
  4. undertake personal reflection and critical evaluation of practice and processes in a human services context.

Prescribed texts

  • Cleak, H & Wilson, J, 2019, Making the Most of Field Placement, 4th edn, Cengage, South Melbourne. ISBN: 9780170222433.
  • McDonald, C, Craik, C, Hawkins, L & Williams, J, 2020, Professional Practice in Human Service Organisations, Allan & Unwin, Crows Nest. ISBN: 9781742370392.
  • O’Connor, I, Wilson, J, Setterlund, D & Hughes, M, 2008, Social Work and Human Service Practice, 5th edn, Pearson Longman, Frenchs Forest. ISBN: 9781741039061.

  • Cleak, H & Wilson, J, 2019, Making the Most of Field Placement, 4th edn, Cengage, South Melbourne. ISBN: 9780170222433.
  • McDonald, C, Craik, C, Hawkins, L & Williams, J, 2020, Professional Practice in Human Service Organisations, Allan & Unwin, Crows Nest. ISBN: 9781742370392.
  • O’Connor, I, Wilson, J, Setterlund, D & Hughes, M, 2008, Social Work and Human Service Practice, 5th edn, Pearson Longman, Frenchs Forest. ISBN: 9781741039061.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.