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SWTP321 Field Education in Social Work 2 , SWTP417 Collaborative and Interdisciplinary Social Work Practice in Organisations

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Students will participate in the equivalent of 360 hours of supervised field education experience including 10 hours of participation in class seminars.

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 a human service agency context, and attend 10 hours of campus-based integrative seminars. This final field education unit encourages students to build on knowledge and practice skills gained in Field Education 1 and 2 to facilitate a strong social work professional identity as beginner social workers. Learning in this unit is informed by the AASW Practice Standards and the AASW Code of Ethics. The learning outcomes of the unit are consistent with the 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 organisational setting (GA5, GA6) 

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

LO3 - Apply knowledge and skills developed in campus-based units and in the placement setting to capably demonstrate AASW professional standards  GA1, GA2, GA3, GA4, GA5, GA6, GA7, GA8, GA9, GA10)

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 

GA10 - utilise information and communication and other relevant technologies effectively.

AASW Graduate Attributes  

On successful completion of this unit, students should have developed their ability to: 

GA1 - Identify as a professional social worker  (LO1, LO2, LO3)

GA2 - Sound understanding of and commitment to social work values and ethics to guide social work Practice  (LO2, LO3)

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 (LO3)

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 (LO3)

GA5 - Ability to review, critically analyse and synthesise knowledge and values and apply reflective thinking skills to inform professional judgement and practice (LO3)

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 (LO3) 

GA7 - Demonstration of effective communication and interpersonal skills  (LO3)

GA8 - Ability to work with diversity and demonstrate respect for cultural difference  (LO3)

GA9 - Understanding of the importance of and commitment to ongoing professional development.  (LO3)

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

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


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 AASW Code of Ethics

1.2 Manage ethical dilemmas and issues arising in practice

3.1 Work inclusively and respectfully with cultural difference and diversity 

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

5.1 Assess and analyse needs to inform practice

5.2 Work collaboratively

5.3 Use a range of social work methods and techniques appropriate to the area of practice

5.4 Apply critical and reflective thinking to practice

6.1 Communicate with a diverse range of people

6.2 Communicate the details and nature of the service offered to people

6.3 Work with others in a team environment

6.4 Use information technology to communicate and provide services

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

8.3 Where appropriate, to contribute to the professional development of others



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 

Integrative seminars respond to the learning needs of students as they work toward meeting the AASW requirements for placement 


Learning and teaching strategy and rationale

For this final professional experience unit, learning happens in the 360 hour placement and in the classroom. 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.Studentsare 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 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 t the beginning, middle and end of the placement, and which reflect developemental and experiential learning principles. These strategies include a learning agreement, Mid Placement Report and Final Placement Report. and a presentation in a conference contextStudents 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, which 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 


Mid Placement report, including Theory to Practice/Ethics Presentation  

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, 



Brief Oral Conference Presentation on a practice highlight at the School of Allied Health Final Year Student Conference 

Enables students to develop professional presentation skills and a commitment to ongoing professional development as an Allied Health professional via the School of Allied Health Final Year Student Conference to showcase and celebrate their placement learning to a broader audience 


LO1, LO2, LO3 


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 – GA10 

Completed timesheet 

Students are required to maintain and submit a record of the placement hours completed in order to meet AASW requirements for graduation as a social worker. 




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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