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Teaching organisation

Students will participate in the equivalent of 360 hours of supervised field education experience including 14 hours of participation in class seminar.

Unit rationale, description and aim

Social work is a distinct discipline and social workers demonstrate their professional identity by applying and integrating social work values, ethics, knowledge and skills in diverse practice contexts. Students will undertake a supervised field placement of 360 hours in human service agencies and attend 10 hours of integrative seminars. This unit is the second of three professional practice units that builds on the professional development achieved in SWTP 220. The aim of the unit is to consolidate and extend student knowledge gained in the first social work field placement (SWTP220) by providing a contrasting placement as per ASWEAS that further develops social work knowledge and skills and social work identity.Learning in this unit is informed by the AASW Practice Standards and the AASW Code of EthicsThe learning outcomes of the unit are consistent with the Bachelor of Social Work curriculum that embeds Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge and prepares students for practice with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.  

Learning outcomes

To successfully complete this unit you will be able to demonstrate you have achieved the learning outcomes (LO) detailed in the below table.

Each outcome is informed by a number of graduate capabilities (GC) to ensure your work in this, and every unit, is part of a larger goal of graduating from ACU with the attributes of insight, empathy, imagination and impact.

Explore the graduate capabilities.

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

LO1 - Acquire knowledge on social work practice and service delivery in an organizational setting (GA5, GA6) 

LO2 - Assimilate and demonstrate professional and ethical behavior appropriate to the practice setting (GA1, GA2, GA5) 

LO3 - Apply knowledge and skills developed in campus-based units and in the placement setting to demonstrate AASW practice standards at a beginning level of capability (GA1-9). 

Graduate attributes

GA1 - demonstrate respect for the dignity of each individual and for human diversity 

GA2 - recognise their responsibility to the common good, the environment and society 

GA3 - apply ethical perspectives in informed decision making

GA4 - think critically and reflectively 

GA5 - demonstrate values, knowledge, skills and attitudes appropriate to the discipline and/or profession 

GA6 - solve problems in a variety of settings taking local and international perspectives into account

GA7 - work both autonomously and collaboratively 

GA8 - locate, organise, analyse, synthesise and evaluate information 

GA9 - demonstrate effective communication in oral and written English language and visual media 


GA1 - Identify as a professional social worker

GA2 - Sound understanding of and commitment to social work values and ethics to guide social work Practice

GA3 - Ability to apply social work knowledge and interventions to respond effectively in meeting the needs of individuals, groups and communities in diverse settings, client groups and geographic locations

GA4 - Ability to apply knowledge of human behaviour and society, as well as the social, cultural,           political, legal, economic and global contexts of practice to respond effectively within a human rights and social justice framework

GA5 - Ability to review, critically analyse and synthesise knowledge and values and apply reflective thinking skills to inform professional judgement and practice

GA6 - Ability to apply research knowledge and skills to understand, evaluate and use research to inform practice and to develop, execute and disseminate research informed by practice

GA7 - Demonstration of effective communication and interpersonal skills

GA8 - Ability to work with diversity and demonstrate respect for cultural difference

GA9 - Understanding of the importance of and commitment to ongoing professional development

AASW Practice Standards

This unit has been mapped to the ACU Graduate Attributes, AASW Graduate Attributes and the AASW Practice Standards. The following table sets out the broad relationship between the Learning Outcomes, ACU Graduate Attributes, AASW Graduate Attributes and the AASW Practice Standards

Standard/Attributes/CriteriaLearning Outcomes


1.1 Practice in accordance with the AASW Code of Ethics

1.2 Manage ethical dilemmas and issues arising in practice

2.1 Represent the social work profession with integrity and professionalism

2.2 Behave in a professional manner and be accountable for all actions and decisions


1.1 Practice in accordance with the Code of Ethics (2010)

1.2 Manage ethical dilemmas and issues arising in practice

2.1 Represent the social work profession with integrity and professionalism

2.2 Behave in a professional manner and be accountable for all actions and decisions

 3.1 work respectfully and inclusively with cultural differences and diversity

3.2 respect, strive to understand and promote the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their cultures

4.1 Understand higher level systemic influences on people with respect to area of practice

4.2 Understand and articulate social work and other relevant theories and concepts

4.3 Understand the role of research and evaluation in obtaining and generating new knowledge for practice

4.4 Understand and articulate how and when theories, knowledge bases and knowledge sources inform practice.

5.1 conduct an assessment and analysis of needs to inform the services being offered

5.2 Work collaboratively with relevant people

5.4 Apply critical and reflective thinking to practice

6.1 Effectively communicate with a diverse range of people

6.3 Effectively communicate with others in a team environment

6.4 Use information technology to communicate and provide services as appropriate

7.1 record and manage information appropriately

7.2 Keep and maintain information in accordance with ethical principles and relevant legislation

8.1 Actively participate in professional supervision

8.2 Engage in continuing professional development as outlined in the AASW continuing professional development requirements



Integrative seminars respond to the learning needs of students as they work toward meeting the AASW requirements for placement. Seminars are interactive and experience-based discussions and exercises that explore placement processes and experiences with a focus on 


  • relating theory and knowledge to practice 
  • exploring values & ethics in practice 
  • critical reflection  
  • building social work identity. 

Learning and teaching strategy and rationale

For this professional experience unit, learning happens in the placement agency and in the integrative seminars. The main teaching and learning strategies include experiential learning, reflective learning, practice - theory integration and skills development. These are used in the placement setting, and integration of this experience with social work knowledge, values and ethics is facilitated in 10 hours of campus-based integrative seminars. Planned learning goals and strategies for the specific placement are recorded in the Learning Agreement. This Unit Outline needs to be read in conjunction with the Social Work Field Education Handbook. 





Punctual and full attendance on the placement is an essential requirement for the unit. The attendance requirements are specified in ACU Assessment Policy and are in accordance with AASW requirements. Attendance at all integrative seminars is expected and an attendance record of all seminars will be kept. Students are required to attend at least 80% of all integrative seminars scheduled for this unit. 


Reasons why attendance is required 

In integrative seminars, students will be interacting with each other and developing skills which they will use in professional/clinical experience. Students who do not attend are at risk of not developing these essential skills. Attendance is required as part of meeting the AASW requirement to integrate campus learning with field placement learning and skill development.  

Assessment strategy and rationale

Students are assessed on a range of activities that accumulate over the beginning, middle and end of the placement, and which reflect developmental and experiential learning principles. These strategies include a reflective journal, presentations, a Learning Agreement, Mid Placement Report and Final Placement Report and a Process Recording/Critical Reflection Report. Students are also required to submit a signed timesheet at the end of their placement. Each assessment task is informed by the identified learning outcomes for the unit that are aligned with AASW practice standards. In negotiation with the ACU Liaison Visitor and Social Work Supervisor, students will be able to revise the Learning Agreement and Mid Placement Report in response to feedback on the requirements to achieve a satisfactory standard. 

Overview of assessments

Brief Description of Kind and Purpose of Assessment TasksWeightingLearning OutcomesGraduate Attributes

Learning Agreement 

Enables students to identify their learning goals, tasks and timeframes for completion in alignment with AASW Practice Standards 


LO1, LO2, LO3,

GA1, GA2, GA3, GA4, GA5, GA6, GA7, GA8, GA9  

Mid Placement report  including the Theory-practice presentation at Liaison Visit 2 

Students need to demonstrate their progress against their learning goals at the mid-point of their placement. The report also needs to include feedback from the student’s Field Educators. 

Enables students to articulate the connections between relevant social work theory and ethics to their placement experience in the form of a 20 minute presentation at the mid-placement liaison contact. 


LO1, LO2, LO3,

GA1, GA2, GA3, GA4, GA5, GA6, GA7, GA8, GA9  

Final Placement Report   

Students need to demonstrate their progress and completion against their learning goals at the conclusion of their placement. The report also needs to include feedback from the student’s Field Educators. 


LO1, LO2, LO3,

GA1, GA2, GA3, GA4, GA5, GA6, GA7, GA8, GA9  

Signed Time Sheet 

Students to demonstrate completing at least 360 hours on placement by providing a time sheet signed by the placement agency. 



GA2, GA5 

Representative texts and references

Australian Association of Social Workers (2010) Code of ethics. AASW: Canberra. 


Australian Association of Social Workers (2013) Practice standards. AASW: Canberra. 


Cleak, H., & J. Wilson. (2019). Making the most of field placement (4th  ed.).  Victoria. Thomson: Learning Australia.  

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