Course Title: Professional Project

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Professional Project

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Judy Williams

Course Coordinator Phone: 61 3 9925 3060

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 8.7.16

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You will have completed all courses in the Master of Social Work program (or are undertaking Field Education 2 concurrent with this course).

Course Description

In conjunction with your final Field Education placement, the professional project forms the capstone experience for the Master of Social Work program, through which your capabilities will be assessed with reference to the program learning outcomes, the AASW practice standards and AASW graduate attributes.

You will design, negotiate and conduct a professional project that demonstrates your achievement of the capabilities of a social work practitioner through contributing to the development of communities of practice in key fields of contemporary social work. You will select from key themes or debates in contemporary practice and produce research –informed artefacts the aim of which is to make a contribution to social work knowledge that will be useful for consumers and providers of social work services.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • Analyse and synthesise key themes and debates in contemporary social work practice
  • Critically analyse published data and literature to inform independent research
  • Synthesise and professionally communicate research findings and recommendations to consumers and providers of social work services
  • Apply research methods and expert judgement to contribute to the evidence base for social work practice
  • Produce artefacts which synthesise and communicate theoretical and professional practice knowledge.

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

  • Apply specialist social work knowledge and skills to understanding and responding to contemporary social disadvantage, oppression and marginalisation, recognising the fundamentally political nature of social suffering
  • Use appropriate research strategies to inform ethical professional social work practice and to broaden the scope of contemporary social work theory and practice
  • 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
  • Apply research knowledge and skills to develop practice research based interventions and conduct independent research to contribute to the generation of specialist social work knowledge and skills
  • Apply sophisticated oral and written communication skills to present complex information to individuals, organisations and professional and non-professional communities in accessible and culturally appropriate ways
  • Apply critical analytic problem solving skills to develop innovative and creative policy and practice responses to contemporary social problems and to promote the fundamental social, economic and cultural rights of individuals, families, groups and communities
  • 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

Overview of Learning Activities

Through peer collaborative processes you will design, negotiate and conduct an individual professional project that responds to contemporary issues identified through their Field Education placement experiences and completed coursework.
You will be engaged in learning involving a range of activities that are face to face and online including group and class discussion, group activities and individual research.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through online systems.
A semi-intensive seminar series will facilitate peer collaboration in the development and design of individual projects.
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 our 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 learning outcomes.
  • Assessment may include reports, projects and presentations, individually and in groups. 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: