SOWK13009 - Fieldwork Education 1

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This is the first of 2 fieldwork placements that students are required to complete. As a student you will complete 63 days x 7 hours (440 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 is all units from year one and two of the BSW Honours course. The students will be contacted once their application has been received and a pre placement consultation will be offered. Eligible students, who have passed all of the pre required units within the BSW Honours Course, will participate in a compulsory seminar in the final residential of their second year of the course, whereby they will also be offered a private consultation. Students who for whatever reason are not attending this residential shall request an interview with the field education coordinator if required or the field education coordinator will request an interview with the student if previous experiences and feedback need to be discussed in regards to placement readiness.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 18
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.375
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisites: (SOWK12010 and SOWK12012 and SOWK12014) or (SOWK11010 and SOWK11011 and SOWK19014 and SOWK19015 and SOWK13006) or Approval of Appropriate Head of Program Co-requisite: SOWK13010 Integrating theory and practice 1

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 1 - 2020

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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. Written Assessment 0%
2. Written Assessment 0%
3. Group Discussion 0%
4. Written Assessment 0%
5. Practical Assessment 0%
6. Written Assessment 0%
7. Written Assessment 100%

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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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.

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Students expressed a level of confusion around the Mid Placement Review Process and the assessment outline.
Review the mid placement process and assessment outline to ensure the process is clear.
Action Taken
This template/document was reviewed and a new template was developed as part of the 'field education package'. Subsequently, there was no reported confusion.
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Students expressed that the Field Education Package was very helpful but there was some 'technical glitches' with the template.
I have collaborated with a technologically advanced student/participant that has assisted with fixing the 'bugs' of the template, and had the student insight experience to assist.
Action Taken
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 indigenous contexts 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 - Written Assessment
3 - Group Discussion
4 - Written Assessment
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
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Group Discussion
4 - Written Assessment
5 - Practical Assessment
6 - Written Assessment
7 - Written Assessment