Course Title: Field Education 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Field Education 1

Credit Points: 24.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2018

Course Coordinator: Judy Williams

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3060

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Assumed knowledge is that you will have completed:
Pre-requisites: Critical Social Work, Casework Counselling and Advocacy, Ethical Legal and Organisational Contexts of Practice
Co-requisite/ (pre-requisite if part time): Discourses of Care, Control and Protection

Course Description

In this course you will undertake a professional placement of 70 days (500 hours). You will be placed in an organization and undertake beginning level professional social work practice with individuals and/or families and/ or small groups. Your professional practice experience will enable you to acquire an understanding of the relationship between service provision and the particular organisational context of social work practice. You will critically examine how wider structural factors impact upon the efficacy of services that are provided.

You will engage in experiential learning through which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a workplace context. Feedback from industry and/ or community will be integral to your learning, including your reflections on practice, and the assessment of your experience.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate beginning level capabilities in social work practice as documented in the placement learning agreement
  • Articulate and reflect on your own professional learning and development
  • Apply contextually relevant ethics and standards for social work practice in accordance with the AASW Code of Ethics and Practice Standards in all areas of engagement
  • Identify and critically appraise the organisational, legal and political contexts of human services policy and practices
  • Apply and critically reflect on theories, practice approaches and research informing social work practice
  • Form constructive relationships with individuals, groups and communities including user groups, colleagues, professionals and people in other significant roles / positions

You will be assessed on your development of the following program learning outcomes in this course:

  • Critically analyse theories informing social work practice and the contemporary policy context to develop an evidence base for ethical professional practice
  • Apply advanced problem solving skills and techniques of intervention that bring together complex information transferable across different institutional and cultural contexts of practice incorporating innovative interventions to effectively meet the needs of individuals, families, groups and communities
  • Theorise and develop interventions that address the social structural and political levels through which poverty and inequality are generated and critically assess policies and programs developed to address disadvantage
  • Practice as an autonomous ethical and critical social work practitioner with a commitment to lifelong learning
  • Engage in practice which acknowledges the fundamentally multicultural nature of contemporary societies and acknowledges the unique position of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, seeking to promote the rights of these groups

At the conclusion of the course (placement) students will have demonstrated:

Beginning capability appropriate to the placement setting, in all 9 areas of assessment as outlined in the Learning and Assessment Plan. Students will together with their field educator develop a learning plan that identifies tasks and way to measure performance against each of the broad assessment areas.

  1. Values and Ethics: Awareness of contextually relevant ethics in accordance with the AASW Code of Ethics. Demonstrates that the values of social work are integral to their practice, upholds ethical responsibilities and acts appropriately when faced with ethical problems, issues and dilemmas.
  2. Organisational and Community Context: An understanding of the organisational, legal and political contexts of human services.
  3. Policy: An understanding of social policies which influence the different fields of practice including knowledge of relevant legislative and policy frameworks.
  4. Use of Knowledge in Practice: An understanding of theories and methods relevant to practice and an ability to reflect critically upon their use and practice.
  5. Self-Learning and Critical Reflection: The ability to take responsibility for one’s own learning and development including the skills to manage one’s future career and the transition from university to professional practice.
  6. Communication and Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and relate interpersonally with a diverse range of people in a diverse range of settings.
  7. Assessment and Intervention skills: Demonstrated ability to engage service users in the assessment and intervention process, and respond to varying capabilities, voluntary/involuntary status, and the choices available.
  8. Research: Recognition of research as an integral part of social work practice; demonstrating knowledge and understanding of all types and stages of social research.
  9. Culturally Responsive and Inclusive Practice: Develop understanding and knowledge of cultural diversity in order to work in a culturally responsive and inclusive way.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will engage in the following learning activities
A) Field Briefings and other preparatory work;
B) 70-Day (500 hours) Field Placement
C) Integration seminars
D) Learning/Educational Plan
E) Mid and End of Placement Reviews

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.
A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program capabilities.
Assessment may include

  • Attendance at compulsory placement briefings and completion of placement readiness activities
  • Active participation at integration seminars
  • Satisfactory completion of the 70 Day Field Placement, or equivalent. This includes the satisfactory completion of the Learning/Educational Plan and Mid and End of Placement Reviews. (The Placement Report is central to this requirement)
  • Satisfactory completion of an evaluation report on placement performance (Placement Report)

Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning. You will be able to develop your work in relation to your own specific areas of interest in your professional practice.
Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

  • If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
  • A student charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.
  • Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: