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Unit Overview


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.

18 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) analyse personal practice in accordance with the AASW Code of Ethics (2010) including managing ethical dilemmas arising from practice; (2) analyse professionalism, working with integrity and being accountable for all actions and decisions; (3) analyse personal respect and culturally sensitive practice when working with different cultures, particularly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their culture; (4) articulate relevant social work theories and concepts which inform social work practice; (5) analyse a range of social work knowledge and methods in practice including assessing needs, formulating intervention plans and evaluating their effectiveness; (6) analyse effective interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills with a range of people; (7) analyse ethical management of information; and (8) demonstrate participation in supervision and professional learning and development.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) placement appraisal; (2) written assignment; and (3) personal behaviour assessment. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the placement appraisal and personal behaviour assessment components.

This unit is assessed on an ungraded pass/ungraded failed basis. All assessment items must be successfully completed.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Danielle Kovac
Unit rules
SWSP5306 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Knowledges and Practices for Social Work (ID 4022)
, SWSP5630 Social Work Methods 1: Introduction to Psychosocial Theory (ID 4036)
, SWSP5301 Foundations of Social Work Thinking and Identity (ID 4021) SWSP5631 Social Work Methods 2: Theory for Practice - Working with People (ID 4037)
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).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
(1) Optional rural placement travel costs (estimated cost - Variable)
(2) Department of Education Criminal Clearance (estimated cost - $35).
Contact hours
450 hours
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 450 hours field placement.
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.