Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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Monash University

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Social Work


Dr Grace Brown




Supervised Professional Practice 1 enables students to operationalise the professional social work role. The unit comprises 480 hours of supervised professional practice in the field and 20 hours of skills development and integration of theory and practice in the classroom and in the field. On campus students will attend placement briefings and integration sessions where their placement experiences will be critically reviewed in order to connect with social work knowledge and theory, while off-campus students will attend skills and integration sessions at compulsory workshops. Contact with the university liaison social worker allocated to the student and supervisor while on placement will also be opportunities to review skills and to facilitate the integration of theory and practice.


The purpose of supervised professional practice is to enable students to operationalise the professional social work role. In doing so, students are expected to be able to conceptualise, articulate and explain the progress they are making in relation to their development of a professional social work identity. Placements provide students with an opportunity to reflect on and apply theory that they learn at University to practice under the supervision of a social worker.


Clinical placement: 480 hours.


6 pre-placement tutorials (Hurdle)

While on placement, students are required to complete:
Learning agreement and assessment report (Hurdle)
Mid placement oral presentation (1,000 words)
Case study or report (1,000 words)
Critical learning analysis (1,000 words)

A final evaluation report is completed by the field educator in consultation with the student, where 9 core learning areas are rated. To meet AASW accreditation requirements the student must reach a level of 'beginning capability' (2) for 9 core learning outcome areas appropriate to the setting by the end of the placement.

This unit is pass grade only (PGO).

Workload requirements

For this unit, 480 hours will be spent on placement in agencies and organizations. A further 20 hours will be spent at placement briefings or integration sessions, or in private study. Students are required to complete 5 assessment tasks including two joint reports with field educators.

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Chief examiner(s)

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


SWK3400 and must be enrolled in Bachelor of Social Work or the Human Services stream of the Bachelor of Health Sciences.

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