Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitDepartment of Social Work
OfferedNot offered in 2015
Coordinator(s)Dr Kerry Brydon


This unit builds on the theoretical and practice learning gained in SWK2160 as well as from other units in the course. It is expected that students completing this unit will demonstrate a level of skills and knowledge that enables them to be considered beginning social welfare practitioners.


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

  1. Demonstrate developed engagement, assessment, planning, intervention and evaluation skills required to commence professional practice, with particular reference to child welfare and aged care;
  2. Critically analyze the ways and extent to which theory can be integrated with practice in direct service delivery with particular reference to child welfare and aged care;
  3. Critically and reflectively review their own skills and the role of the social welfare practitioner;
  4. Evaluate the practice of case management; and
  5. Review the principles and practice of multi-disciplinary collaborative work, advocacy and negotiation.


Clinical placement: Minimum of three days per week for a total of 320 hours.


Students are required to successfully complete both components of the unit in order to pass the unit. The unit is marked as pass grade only (PGO). Students will complete a clinical placement and submit assessment reports and also a number of in-calls role play assessments. The fieldwork component is worth 50% of the unit mark and the skills component is worth 50% of the unit mark with each assignment is the skills component worth 25% of the unit mark.

Workload requirements

Students will attend up to two hours of direct teaching classes per week and are expected to complete one hour of independent study each week. Students are also required to attend a clinical placement agency for a minimum of three days per week for a total of 320 hours during which time they will not be required to attend any on-campus lectures or tutorials.

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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


SWK2160 and either SWK3320 and SWK3330, or SWK3340 and SWK3350.