SOWK14009 - Fieldwork Education 2

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This is your final fieldwork placement, and it is expected to be the final unit that you complete within the BSW course. You will complete 80 days x 7 hours (560 hours) of onsite, agency-based interactions and learning activities supervised by an approved social worker. During your field placement you will integrate professional social work knowledge and skills acquired during your coursework and participate meaningfully in the operations of the agency where you are placed. You will formulate your own model of practice as a beginning professional social worker. On completion of your fieldwork placement, you are expected to meet the AASW practice standards as a beginning professional social worker. In this unit you are required to attend the relevant residential school and participate in designated call back sessions. Prior to your fieldwork placement you will undergo a preplacement interview to assess your suitability for fieldwork placement. Your suitability will be assessed through evidence of your participation in a range of tasks and assessments completed during your previous coursework and fieldwork.

Details

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

Prerequisites: SOWK13009 and SOWK14005 and SOWK14006 

Corequisite: SOWK14010 

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 2 - 2022

Term 2 - 2022 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 2 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.6 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 43.18% 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: Have your say
Feedback
Feedback Comments by students included: - There wasn't really any feedback on assessment, it felt a bit disjointed at times. - There was a lack of communication with questions posted to forums remaining unanswered for considerable amounts of time.
Recommendation
Current processes are being addressed to ensure regular feedback - for example - adjusting the point of feedback expectations from only submitted reflections to monthly review and feedback on reflective posts. Also the field education team will ensure improved time frames for replies to student queries.
Action Taken
This term we adjusted the assessment tasks to include more involvement of the Field Education Liasion Officers to read and give feedback to student reflections more regularly.
Source: Have your say
Feedback
Assessment - Comments by students include: - I have struggled with the amount of reflective practice required for this unit. I feel that it is an overload and has caused anxiety as I am tired and stressed trying to balance placement with study. - The amount of assessment tasks for this subject and 14010 was excessive whilst trying to complete 560hours of placement. This unit discusses the importance of self care, however, with the demands of the assessment tasks, working full time and managing a family left no time for self care. Additionally, it was challenging to emerge self into work placement when having so many assessment tasks to complete.
Recommendation
Whilst it is acknowledged that the assessment requirements are high, this is a core part of the placement learning experience. The field education team will endeavour to reduce the format of submission to be more scaffolded to reduce the amount of written submissions. For example- The final reflective post can be submitted for grading rather than completing an additional reflection.
Action Taken
We have reduced the number tasks this year to be more aligned with practical reflections. Moving forward we have reduced the number of assessments required which will allow more time to attend to core and important reflective tasks.
Source: Have your say
Feedback
Some positive Feedback included - - The freedom to learn in a real world environment. - Robyn was amazing throughout this unit and really made it understandable and enjoyable - The best aspects of this unit are the learning agreement and practice framework.
Recommendation
It is always encouraging to get positive feedback and to know that the students are having a positive learning experience.
Action Taken
We have been working hard to improve student satisfaction which is reflected in improved ratings and feedback. However, we continue to value both positive and constructively critical feedback.
Source: SUTE
Feedback
The best aspects of this unit were the Unit Coordinators, they were always approachable and easily contactable. Answers in the Q&A Forum were promptly replied to. The Coordinators were always easily contacted via email and phone as well. I was never left hanging in relation to my queries.
Recommendation
The field education team always endeavour to be responsive.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: SUTE
Feedback
Undertaking a co-requisite unit like SOWK14010 Integrating Theory and Practice 2 resulted in an adverse 'pressurised' experience, which only grew in intensity as placement progressed. The combination of both units severely restricted self-care capabilities and took away from truly being invested (grounded) in the field placement journey.
Recommendation
This very issue has been taken on board and changes have been made to reduce the amount of tasks required in field education to focus on the placement learning and self care. The integrating theories unit will remain as an integral part of the students learning however with these adjustments to SOWK14009 the pressure will ease.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: SUTE
Feedback
A lot of the units had administrative mistakes like due dates and wrong unit profiles etc.
Recommendation
Whilst we endeavour to be as diligent as possible with forms dates etc., some things do get missed. We have worked diligently to address these concerns and correct any identified administrative errors.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Critically reflect on professional practice to determine placement preferences and fieldwork learning contract.
  2. Demonstrate appropriate use of self and complex problem solving skills within the placement context.
  3. Analysis of appropriate self care strategies as utilised within the professional context.
  4. Implement cross cultural competency skills and knowledge including working with First Nations communities.
  5. Conduct complex assessments of clients' needs and design and implement appropriate intervention strategies using social work theoretical frameworks.
  6. Promote work practices consistent with the AASW code of ethics, practice standards and organisational policies and procedures.
  7. Construct a professional practice framework and justify its relevance to your social work practice.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
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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
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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
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