SWSP5429 Field Education 2: Final Placement

18 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth), human services agencies in PerthFace to face
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth), human services agencies in PerthFace to face
The final placement serves three purposes. It provides students with an opportunity to build on and extend the professional knowledge and skills acquired on the first placement and to apply and 'test out' subsequent theoretical and reflective learning in the University, thus allowing for the transfer of learning. It also provides a longer period for agency based learning, thus facilitating greater depth for learning. Finally, it offers students a contrasting practice setting, allowing them to transfer their learning across client populations, problem circumstances and organisational environments. This process facilitates the development of professional identity based on an understanding of the 'universals' of practice. The placement is for 560 hours - full-time for 16 weeks or part-time for 23-24 weeks and includes compulsory attendance at the orientation day and integration days. A critical reflection and Learning Development Agreement are completed by each student on placement.
Students are able to (1) build on the applied learning in the first placement in accordance with the student's strengths and learning needs; (2) further develop an understanding of the welfare system and welfare services organisations; (3) refine and further develop assessment and intervention skills and expand understanding of the policy, practice and research interface; (4) expand the capacity to utilise and adapt practice models and formal theory as relevant to the needs of agencies, client systems and problem situations; (5) establish a strong capacity for reflective practice and critical evaluation of interventions as the basis for professional habits of lifelong learning; and (6) further promote awareness of the normative nature of social practice and enhance capacity to make moral judgements in action.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: field placement is assessed as either pass or fail (assessment continuing). Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Trish Langdon
Unit rules
Successful completion of all Year 1 MSW units SWSP5301, SWSP5630, SWSP5306, SWSP5309, SWSP5631, SWSP5633 and SWSP5632.
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 - $11.00)
(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
560 hours (ie 16 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 is a full-time field placement for 16 weeks.
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • 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. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. 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. Copies of textbooks and other readings will be made available for students to access from the Library, online wherever possible as well as in print.