SOWK13009 - Fieldwork Education 1

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Social Work Field Education 1 is the first of two fieldwork placements that students are required to complete. Students will complete 500 hours of onsite, agency-based interactions and learning tasks in a practice context supervised by an approved agency worker. Students will participate in the range of activities, tasks, and processes that the agency encompasses by negotiation with the supervisor and subject to agency rules and procedures. During the first placement students are invited to consolidate and apply their learning from the first two years of study within an agency placement context. Students will observe other workers, participate in the operations of the agency and should be able to critically analyse and articulate their developing professional practice framework within the context of the field placement. Students will be required to attend and participate in assessable tasks in the relevant residential to complete the requirements of this unit. The residential SOWK13010 is a pre-requisite for fieldwork placement, as are all units from year one and two of the BSW course. The students will be contacted once their application has been received and a pre placement consultation will be offered. Eligible students are required to participate in a consultation in the second year of the course, to explore placement readiness and to prepare for placement interviews.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 18
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.375
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisites: 96 credit points including SOWK12010, SOWK12012 and SOWK12014.

Co-requisite: SOWK13010.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2022

Term 1 - 2023 Profile
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Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 18-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 37.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 450 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Professional Practice Plans (learning plans) 0%
2. Learning logs / diaries / Journal / log books 0%
3. Presentation 0%

This is a pass/fail (non-graded) unit. To pass the unit, you must pass all of the individual assessment tasks shown in the table above.

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 77.27% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 55.00% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: SUTE
Feedback
- The easily accessible materials for assessment tasks and the helpful team - Assessments are supportive of placement - The communication and help received from the lecturers have been great and the information on the Moodle site was easy to follow.
Recommendation
Student generally found the resources and tasks to be supportive and accessible. We hope to increase this experience for students to find the layers of requirements within their first field education experience to be smooth and enjoyable.
Action Taken
We continue to adapt and improve our Moodle site and information for ease of student access
Source: SUTE
Feedback
As a student doing a first placement that was required to start placement prior to start of term, I felt that the unit was disorganised and that I wasn't properly prepared to start placement. I couldn't access Sonia, the Residential School was after my placement already started (I would have felt much more confident if the Resi was before my placement) and I couldn't access Moodle.
Recommendation
It is for this reason that placements will no longer have this kind of flexibility and students need to understand that placements must take place within the designated terms in order for access and information to be available for them to support their placement.
Action Taken
We have maintained this boundary, where we were trying to be flexible, this flexibility turned into a deficit for some students. Student can no longer undertake placements outside of Moodle access and term dates.
Source: SUTE
Feedback
I found using the timesheets for placement quite difficult to start with, and would have appreciated a quick tutorial being available. Everything else was fantastic
Recommendation
Recorded tutorials are provided through the Moodle Site, however, we may be able to improve our announcement and guidance around accessing this information.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: SUTE
Feedback
Workload is extremely high in comparison to other social work students from other universities
Recommendation
We continue to address this, and ways to reduce expectations and levels of pressure.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: SUTE
Feedback
It would be good to have at least a couple of prearranged zoom videos explaining the assessment, and the requirements for completion. At the very least, someone willing to answer questions on the forum/better communication about expectations.
Recommendation
We have endeavoured to reduce the amount of expectations on student by ensuring we address the assessments at the residential prior to placement. We will be adding sessions as well throughout placement for Q&A times for students.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: SUTE
Feedback
Loved the point of placement and how working in practice for some on-site experience helped me to incorporate social work practice to my organisation and discover my professional practice framework with consideration to my organisational context. The final assessment was highly effective in providing and receiving feedback from & to other students in a zoom when talking of PPF. The requirements and what to expect for this assessment could have been more clear however with consideration to grades being at a pass or fail standard helped me to feel more confident within myself - less pressure with made me feel the stress of being on placement itself is stressful enough. Thankyou!
Recommendation
We have addressed the confusions and hope this will not be a concern for 2023.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: SUTE
Feedback
The field education team provided support and guidance.
Recommendation
We continue to explore ways to be supportive and make their experience positive.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: SUTE teacher report
Feedback
Demonstrated compassion, understanding and acceptance all the way throughout the unit, and made me feel as though I was part of something great! Having Robyn as my FELO was an incredible asset to my successful placement. Robyn provided support in various areas not just education that provided me with confidence in approaching various concerns this term. I am grateful for her contribution over the last few months and know that other students will benefit from her expertise - or collaborative partnership :) Thank you Robyn for your advocacy on my behalf and for your assistance throughout placement. You have been very helpful. Thank you Robyn for your unconditional support and guidance.
Recommendation
Some great feedback here suggests we are mostly on the right track
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Determine placement preferences, learning contract and post placement learning needs
  2. Select and apply appropriate use of self and problem solving skills as a worker within an organisation
  3. Select and apply appropriate self care strategies within the professional context
  4. Apply cross cultural competency including working in First Nations communities and critique agency policy and practice
  5. Analyse and articulate client's needs using social work theories and evaluate intervention strategies
  6. Work within the AASW code of ethics, practice standards, and organisational policies and procedures
  7. Evaluate elements of an emerging professional practice framework

All of the learning outcomes are linked to the AASW Practice Standards

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Professional Practice Plans (learning plans)
2 - Learning logs / diaries / Journal / log books
3 - Presentation
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10