SWSP5309 Field Education 1: First Placement

12 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Off-campus
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Off-campus
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Off-campus
This unit involves a full-time 13-week placement in a human services agency in Perth and/or in Country locations. Students work within a field practice syllabus and are required to attend an orientation day and integration days. Students may also be required to attend UWA supervision sessions. Students provide a critical reflection in relation to their placement and complete the Learning Development Agreement based on their field placement.
Students are able to (1) understand the contextual delivery of selected social services; (2) identify the relevant social work knowledge, skills and values in the provision of social services; (3) integrate their experiences with relevant concepts and theories; and (4) identify the personal, the professional and the organisational levels of social work practice.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: this field placement is pass or fail. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Trish Langdon
Unit rules
SWSP5306 Indigenous People and Social Work (formerly SWSP8306 Indigenous People and Social Work); SWSP5630 Introduction to Psychosocial Theory (formerly SWSP8630 Developmental Practice); SWSP5301 Social Work Knowledge, Theory and Values (formerly SWSP8301 Social Work Knowledge, Theory and Values);
SWSP5631 Introduction to Social Work Methods (formerly SWSP8631 Introduction to Social Work Methods)
Incidental fees
Incidental student fees and charges are costs incurred by students as part of their studies at UWA that are in addition to their tuition fees (further information is available here or contact your Faculty Office).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
(1) National Police Clearance & Criminal Record Screening (estimated cost - $55.10 to $88.10)
(2) Working with Children Check (estimated cost - $11)
(3) Infection Control & MRSA Declaration (estimated cost - Variable)
(4) Optional rural placement travel costs (estimated cost - Variable)
(5) Department of Education Criminal Clearance (estimated cost - $35).
Contact hours
440 hours over 13 weeks full-time
This unit does not fall into the standard University semesters and thus has non-standard withdrawal and census deadlines. Contact Student Administration for more information. Students are required to travel as part of their field placement. This unit is full-time over a 13 week (440 hours) field placement or part time for the equivalent hours.
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