UWA Handbook 2017

Course details

Master of Social Work (coursework or coursework and dissertation)

The Master of Social Work (coursework or coursework and dissertation) prepares beginning social work practitioners for employment in local, State, national and international human services agencies. The course is accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) and is regarded as a qualifying master's degree course.

Course overview

Course overview

Course titleMaster of Social Work (coursework or coursework and dissertation)
Award abbreviationMSW
Course code11550
Course typemaster's degree by coursework or by coursework and dissertation
Statuscurrent / 2017
Administered byFaculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
CRICOS code065091K
COURSE DETAILS
  
Intake periodsBeginning of year only
Attendance typefull- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
Credit points required96
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Professional accreditationMaster of Social Work (coursework or coursework and dissertation) is accredited by: Australian Association of Social Workers.
Standard course duration2 years
Time limit5 years
Delivery modeinternal
Locations offeredUWA (Perth)
Domestic fee typeCommonwealth supported and/or HECS-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)Dr Mark Sachmann

Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

Course structure

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; NS = non-standard teaching period

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Take all units (72 points):

S1SWSP5301Social Work Knowledges, Theory and Values
S1SWSP5306Indigenous People and Social Work
NSSWSP5309Field Education 1: First Placement (12 points)
S2SWSP5404Social Work in Health and Human Services Contexts Part 1
S2SWSP5405Social Work in Health and Human Services Contexts Part 2
NSSWSP5429Field Education 2: Final Placement (12 points)
NSSWSP5630Introduction to Psychosocial Theory
S1SWSP5631Introduction to Social Work Methods (12 points)
NSSWSP5633Counselling and Ethics

Take unit(s) to the value of 24 points from Group A or take unit(s) to the value of 24 points from Group B:

Group A

S2SWSP5406Policy and Community
S2SWSP5407Research Methods
NSSWSP5632Organisational Practice and Law
S2SWSP5634Social Work and Mental Health Practice

Group B

S1, S2SWSP4536Dissertation (12 points)
S2SWSP5406Policy and Community
NSSWSP5635Organisational Practice, Law and Research

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.

Rules

Rules

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in this course.

(2) The policy, policy statements and guidance documents and student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials module

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

English Language competency requirements

3.(1) To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

(2) Applicants presenting with the IELTS Academic require an overall score of at least 7.0 and no band less than 7.0.

Admission requirements

4. To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—a bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA.

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

Articulations and exit awards

6. This course does not form part of an articulated sequence.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 96 points.

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

Satisfactory progress

8. To make satisfactory progress in a calendar year a student must—

(a) pass units to a value of at least half the total value of units in which they remain enrolled after the final date for withdrawal with academic penalty;

and

(b) pass all practicum units in their enrolment.

[(b) is an approved addition to University Policy]

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10.(1) Students who fail to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 after being enrolled at the University for one or two semesters only are assigned a progress status of 'On Probation' by the Faculty.

(2) Unless the Faculty determines otherwise in exceptional circumstances, students who fail to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 and who have been enrolled at the University for more than two semesters are assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' by the Faculty.

(3) Unless the Faculty determines otherwise in exceptional circumstances, students who have previously been allocated a progress status of 'Suspended' and fail again to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 are assigned a progress status of 'Excluded' by the Faculty.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 9 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. To be awarded the degree with distinction a student must achieve a course weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 80 per cent in—

(a) all units above Level 3 attempted as part of the course that are awarded a final percentage mark;

(b) all relevant units above Level 3 undertaken in articulating courses of this University that are awarded a final percentage mark;

and

(c) all units above Level 3 completed at this University that are credited to the master's degree course.

Additional rules

Prerequisites

13. Unless the Faculty permits otherwise in exceptional circumstances, before being permitted to enrol in SWSP4536 Dissertation and SWSP5406 Policy and Community a student must—

(a) have achieved a mark of at least 70 per cent in SWSP5635 Organisational Practice, Law and Research;

and

(b) have completed the other core units of the course at a sufficiently high level as determined by the Faculty;

and

(c) not have failed any unit undertaken for the course.

Time limit

14.(1) Unless the Faculty approves an extension, the time limit is five years from the beginning of the semester in which the first unit is credited towards the course.

(2) Where a student is permitted to credit a unit or units from a completed degree course, the credit dates from the year of first enrolment in the course for the degree of Master of Social Work (by coursework or by coursework and dissertation).

(3) Where a student is permitted to credit a unit or units from an incomplete degree course, the credit dates from the year in which the unit or units concerned were passed.

Enrolment in practicum units

15. Unless the Faculty, in recognition of exceptional circumstances and on the recommendation of the Head of the School of Population Health, approves otherwise, students must undertake both practicums on a full-time basis.

Withdrawal from practicum units

16. A student who withdraws from a practicum unit after confirmation of placement with the host organisation is declared to have failed the unit unless the Faculty, having considered the advice of the Head of the School of Population Health, is satisfied that there were exceptional circumstances to justify withdrawal.

[Approved addition to University Policy]

Failure of practicum units

17. The Faculty will consider the case of a student who fails a practicum unit and, after considering the advice of the Head of the School of Population Health, will—

(a) permit the student to repeat the practicum;

or

(b) permit the student to repeat the practicum following satisfactory prior completion of specified additional relevant work;

or

(c) exclude the student from re-enrolment in the course.