BH106 - Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)/Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)

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Plan: BH106SOSDD - Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) /Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)
Campus: City Campus

Program delivery and structure

Approach to learning and assessment
Work integrated learning
Program structure
Program transition plan

Approach to learning and assessment

The program integrates face to face and online environments that enable you to actively learn with your peers. In order to help you to become a lifelong learner you will be supported by academics to take responsibility for all aspects of your learning.

You will experience a variety of teaching approaches and styles including lectures, and associated tutorials, workshops, work practice, project and problem based learning and intensive mode classes. You will also engage in methods such as collaborative group work, case studies, negotiated learning, peer review, presentations, exercises, and reflective techniques such as journals.

Assessment may include written exercises (including essays, reports, reflective pieces, policies), oral presentations, graphic presentations, and progressive practice-based assessments to allow you the opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge and development in achieving the program learning outcomes. At all times assessment is aligned with the program and course learning outcomes and learning activities. You will receive feedback both formally on your assignments and informally to facilitate your learning.

If you have a long term medical condition, disability and/or other form of disadvantage it may be possible to negotiate variations to aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the Program Manager or the Equitable Learning Service Unit (https://www.rmit.edu.au/students/support-and-facilities/student-support/equitable-learning-services) if you would like to find out more. 

Inherent Requirements

Inherent requirements refer to the abilities, knowledge and skills you must demonstrate to:

  • achieve program learning outcomes 
  • work effectively as part of a team in classroom and work-integrated learning (WIL) settings
  • perform effectively in classroom and WIL settings without undue risk to your own or others' health, safety and welfare.

Depending on your program of study, inherent requirements may include:

  • verbal and non-verbal communication skills
  • reading, writing and number skills
  • concentration, memory and problem solving
  • mental wellness and behavioural stability
  • vision, hearing, touch and smell
  • physical skills, such as gross and fine motor skills.

If you have any injury, illness, disability, impairment, condition or incapacity that may affect your ability to perform the inherent requirements of your program of study, we encourage you to discuss this with the Program manager to enable RMIT University to identify whether there are any reasonable adjustments that would enable you to perform program requirements. RMIT University wants to place you in the best possible position to use your knowledge, skills and attributes effectively in your program of study.

You can view the Inherent Requirements for this program here http://www.rmit.edu.au/study-with-us/applying-to-rmit/local-student-applications/entry-requirements/inherent-requirements/international-community-services/bachelor-of-social-work-honours

Recognition of Prior Learning

If you have already developed areas of skill and knowledge included in this program (for example, through prior studies or work experience), you can apply for credit once you have enrolled in this program. There is information on the RMIT University website about how to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) http://www.rmit.edu.au/students/enrolment/credit/he.

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Work integrated learning

RMIT is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with workplace experience. As a student enrolled in this RMIT University program you will:

  • undertake and be assessed on structured activities that allow you to learn, apply and demonstrate your professional or vocational practice;
  • interact with industry and community when undertaking these activities;
  • complete these activities in real work contexts or situations; and in addition:
  • these interactions and the work contexts provide distinctive sources of feedback to you to assist your learning.

Any or all of these aspects of a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) experience may be simulated.

In this program, you will be doing specific courses that focus on work integrated learning (WIL). You will be assessed on professional or vocational work in a work place setting (real or simulated) and receive feedback from those involved in your industry.

In the Bachelor of Social work (Honours) the value of WIL is for you to be able to use the skills and knowledge you acquire in typical professional situations. WIL helps you to practice your skills and integrates the range of knowledge developed during the program, so that you will have the confidence and ability to apply your academic and work-place capabilities to professional situations. WIL also offers opportunities for you to appreciate the range of work areas of the social work profession and to identify the range of employers when you begin to look for professional employment.

The specific WIL courses in this program are:

  • Social Work Field Education A (HWSS2220)
  • Social Work Field Education B (HWSS2221)
  • Field Education Integrated Learning 1 (HWSS2218)
  • Field Education Integrated Learning 2 (HWSS2219)
  • Professional Practices in Psychology (BESC1453)

BESC1453, Professional Practices in Psychology, is a simulated WIL course of the psychology component of the degree. The course provides students with theoretical and practical skills associated with work. You will explore organisational responsibilities (such as professional ethics) and develop fundamental job skills. This 12 credit point course enables you to also explore diversity in the work environment. 

Academic Requirements for Social Work Field Education

Pre-requisite Courses

For Social Work Field Education A (HWSS2220) & Field Education Integrated Learning 1 (HWSS2218), the pre-requisite course is: Casework and Advocacy (HWSS1135).  
For Social Work Field Education B (HWSS2221) & Field Education Integrated Learning 2 (HWSS2219), the pre-requisite courses are: Social Work Field Education A (HWSS2220) and Community Work (HWSS1139). 

Co-Requisite Courses

Field Education Integrated Learning 1 (HWSS2218) is the co-requisite course for Social Work Field Education A (HWSS2220).
Field Education Integrated Learning 2 (HWSS2219) is the co-requisite course for Social Work Field Education B (HWSS2221). 

Non-Academic Requirements for Social Work Field Education

Police Check

Social Work requires you to complete a police check prior to undertaking placement and submit evidence to the School at least two weeks prior to your placement. Please refer to the HWSS2220 & HWSS2221 course guides for further information. 

Working With Children Check (WWCC)

Social Work requires you to complete a WWCC prior to undertaking placement and submit evidence to the School at least two weeks prior to your placement. Please refer to the HWSS2220 & HWSS2221 course guides for further information. 

Immunisations

Some placements in clinical settings may require students to get certain immunisations. Further details would be provided during the placement allocation process if an organisation did require immunisations. 

Pre-placement Readiness Activities for Social Work Field Education

In order to be eligible for placement allocation, you must complete several activities including attending briefings and submitting an updated CV prior to your enrolment in Social Work Field Education A HWSS2220 and Social Work Field Education B HWSS2221.

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Program Structure

For students who commence their study in this program from 1 January 2016 onwards, please note that some courses listed in this structure will have their course marks count toward your program's weighted average mark. Your weighted average mark will determine the honours level of your award once you have completed the program. If a course counts toward your weighted average mark, that fact will be stated in its course guide. In Enrolment Online, after you completed your course enrolment, you will be notified which of the enrolled courses will count toward the weighted average mark.
 

For more information about the weighted average mark, please click here
 

To graduate you must complete the following:

 

All courses listed may not be available each semester

 

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Year One of Program

Complete the following Eight (8) Courses: Semester One:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Australian Society in a Global Context12HUSO1207City Campus
Foundations of Psychology12BESC1126City Campus
History and Trends in Social Work12HWSS2090City Campus
Power and Governance12POLI1025City Campus
AND
Semester Two:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Ethics and Reflexive Practice12HWSS2164City Campus
Social Work Practice12HWSS2091City Campus
Principles of Psychology12BESC1123City Campus
Intercultural Communication12SOCU1025City Campus
 
AND

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Year Two of Program

Complete the following Eight (8) Courses: Semester One:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Critical Approaches to Social Work12HWSS1133City Campus
Developmental Psychology12BESC1182City Campus
Indigenous Studies12HUSO1296City Campus
Biological Psychology12BESC1190City Campus
AND
Semester Two:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Casework and Advocacy12HWSS1135City Campus
Cognitive Psychology12BESC1178City Campus
Social Psychology12BESC1186City Campus
Mental Health and Wellbeing12HUSO1298City Campus
 
AND

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Year Three of Program

Complete the following Seven (7) Courses: Semester One:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Research Methods in Psychology12BESC1449City Campus
Public Policy12POLI1066City Campus
Group Work Theory and Practice12HWSS2093City Campus
Foundations of Social Research12HUSO2166City Campus
AND
Semester Two:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Social Work Field Education A24HWSS2220City Campus
Field Education Integrated Learning 112HWSS2218City Campus
Working with Violence and Abuse12HWSS2158City Campus
 
AND

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Year Four of Program

Complete the following Six (6) Courses: Semester One:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Professional Practices in Psychology12BESC1453City Campus
Philosophy and Methodology of Psychology12BESC1437City Campus
AND
Semester Two:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Critical Social Work with Families12HWSS2092City Campus
Law for Social Work Practice12HWSS2163City Campus
Psychological Assessment and Individual Differences12BESC1433City Campus
Psychopathology and Models of Intervention12BESC1445City Campus
AND
Select and Complete One (1) of the following APAC Option Course:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Psychology of Gender12BESC1441City Campus
Forensic Psychology12BESC1429City Campus
AND
{
Select and Complete One (1) Course from any:
University Elective
OR
Complete the following One (1) Course:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Research Strategies (Honours)12HUSO1222City Campus
}
 
AND

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Year Five of Program

Complete the following Seven (7) Courses: Semester One:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Community Work12HWSS1139City Campus
Program Management and Evaluation12HWSS1141City Campus
Influencing Policy12POLI1038City Campus
Social Work Honours Project 112HWSS2204City Campus
AND
{
Semester Two:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Social Work Honours Project 212HWSS2205City Campus
Social Work Field Education B24HWSS2221City Campus
Field Education Integrated Learning 212HWSS2219City Campus
OR
Complete the following Seven (7) Courses: Semester One:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Community Work12HWSS1139City Campus
Influencing Policy12POLI1038City Campus
Program Management and Evaluation12HWSS1141City Campus
Social Work Honours Thesis 112HWSS2222City Campus
}
AND
Semester Two:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Social Work Honours Thesis 212HWSS2223City Campus
Social Work Field Education B24HWSS2221City Campus
Field Education Integrated Learning 212HWSS2219City Campus
 

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Program transition plan

In 2018, the program structure for the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)/Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) has been updated to improve the embedded Honours element of the program and open up greater flexibility for undertaking WIL in the program. All students will be enrolled in the updated program structure effective Semester 1, 2018. 

If you are a returning student who commenced prior to 2017 you will be provided with a transition map detailing the changes. All courses you have successfully completed in the old structure will be recognised in the new structure. If you are undertaking a reduced load or have not satisfactorily completed some of your courses, are on Leave of Absence (LOA), or have deferred studies, you will not be disadvantaged by the change of program structure. You will not incur any extra costs or be required to complete extra credit points as a result of this change in program structure, as long as you follow your individual transition plan.

All students are welcome to individual academic advisement and confirmation of requirements for completion of the program. Please contact the Program Manager or guss.academic.services@rmit.edu.au to arrange this.

 

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