SWK3180 - Supervised professional practice 1 - 2017

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Social Work


Maura Bevilacqua

Aida Horvath

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)
  • First semester 2017 (Off-campus)
  • Second semester 2017 (Day)
  • Second semester 2017 (Off-campus)
  • Summer semester A 2017 (Day)
  • Summer semester A 2017 (Off-campus)


This unit is offered in Semester 2 only. Semester 1 and Summer A offerings are made on application only and are subject to approval.

Please note, this unit has had the following change/s during 2017: change to unit coordinator and chief examiner, synopsis and assessment.

For previous handbook information please contact the Faculty office.


Supervised Professional Practice 1 enables students to operationalise the professional social work role. The unit comprises 500 hours of supervised professional practice in the field.

There is an opportunity to review skills and to facilitate the integration of theory and practice through contact with the University Contact (liaison) allocated to the student and supervisor while on placement.


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.


While on placement, students are required to complete:

  • Learning agreement and assessment report (Hurdle)
  • Case study or report (1,000 words) (hurdle)
  • Critical learning analysis (1,000 words) (hurdle)

A final evaluation report is completed by the Social Work 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.

The unit is pass grade only (PGO).

Workload requirements

The AASW set down the workload requirements for a Field Placement.

You must complete 500 hours at one agency, or 14 weeks.

In addition to the Field Placement experience you are also required to undertake a number of formal assessment pieces (details listed later in this unit guide).

You need to do this full-time if you are enrolled in the unit full-time.

If you are enrolled in the unit part-time you must discuss this with the Field Education Academic Director as soon as possible.

Students are required to complete 3 assessment tasks.

One of the tasks (LAAR) involves two joint reports with the Social Work Educator.

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

Off-campus attendance requirements

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

Social work

Human services


SWK4060, SWK3180, SWK3400


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

Additional information on this unit is available from the faculty at: