Course Title: Social Work Field Education A

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Social Work Field Education A

Credit Points: 24.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021

Course Coordinator: Ronnie Egan

Course Coordinator Phone: 03 9925 1105

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Pre-Requisite: HWSS 1135 Casework and Advocacy

Co-Requisite: HWSS 2218 Field Education Integrated Learning 1

Course Description

In this course you will undertake a professional placement of 70 days WIL (500 hours). You will be placed in an organisation and be involved in beginning professional social work practice with individuals and/or families and/ or small groups. This course is based upon experiential learning in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a workplace context and where feedback from industry and/ or community is integral to assessment of your experience.

In this course, you will be allocated to a placement by the academic staff. You will be allocated based on a range of factors, including the information you provide in your Personal Planning Form (PPF) and whether you meet the requirements of the placement and organisation.

Please note that:

·         You must be enrolled in Field Education to participate in the allocation process.

·         The allocation process commences at least 4 months prior to your enrolment in Field Education.

·         Certain preparation tasks must be completed in advance of your enrolment in Field Education for you to be eligible to participate in the allocation process. For example, you must, by the appropriate deadlines:

o        Complete a Police Check and Working With Children Check

o        Upload a current CV into InPlace


You must complete all compulsory non-academic requirements and preparatory activities to be considered for placement allocation.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • 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 review the organisational, legal and political contexts of human services processes
  • Apply and critically reflect on theories and methodologies relevant to social work practice across different contexts
  • 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:

  • Apply a body of interdisciplinary knowledge, research, values, ethical judgement and skills in working with and for society’s most vulnerable and marginalised individuals, families, groups and communities
  • Demonstrate creativity, critical thinking and practical reasoning when identifying and solving problems in diverse contexts
  • Work with others in a range of roles and contexts, demonstrating cultural, environmental and social awareness while promoting respectful, ethical and reflective practice


These course learning outcomes and program learning outcomes align with the Australian Association of Social Work’s seven core learning areas.

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities include the 70 days (500 hours) field placement and the development of a learning plan, mid-placement review and final placement assessment report across the nine learning areas. You will be supported through placement planning and preparation in consultation with the Social Work Field Education Coordinator and other relevant staff.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with additional resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems via myRMIT Studies. Additional sources, links and postings of relevant material will be made available online.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will include:



Assessment Type

Word limit or equivalent

Assessment one

Learning Plan


Assessment two

Mid-placement review


Assessment three

Assessment report



Assessments tasks will receive a Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory grading.


Satisfactory performance to AASW Practice Standards Accreditation Requirements beginning capability (AQF7) at a rating of 2 across the following 9 learning areas as stipulated by ASWEAS:


  1. Values, ethics and professional practice
  2. Organisational and community context
  3. Policy
  4. Use of knowledge in practice
  5. Effective interpersonal skills
  6. Self learning and critical reflection
  7. Assessment and Intervention skills
  8. Research
  9. Culturally sensitive practice


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:;ID=c15i3ciaq8ca;ID=c15i3ciaq8ca