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SCWK3010: Field Education 1 Honours

This unit includes a compulsory, full time field education practicum of 60 days as well as class based learning. In negotiation with their field educators, students produce a learning plan that sets out what they expect to learn, how this learning will happen and how they will monitor and evaluate their learning. In addition, students attend fortnightly placement classes and peer support and accountability groups. These provide a forum in which to explore issues concerning the integration of practice and theory, approaches to investigating one's practice, as well as opportunities for support and consultation with other students and Social Work staff. Written assignments and oral presentations allow students to demonstrate their placement learning.


Academic unit Social Work
Unit code SCWK3010
Unit name Field Education 1 Honours
Session, year
Semester 2, 2022
Attendance mode Normal day
Location Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Credit points 18

Enrolment rules

SCWK3006 and SCWK3007 and SCWK3008
Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Sacha Jamieson,
Lecturer(s) Sacha Jamieson ,
Tutor(s) Sarah Murray Heal ,
Elizabeth Findlay,
Litea Sewabu,
Joel Hollier,
Administrative staff Liron Drummond - Manager Field Education Marley Benz - Manager Field Education Dr Margaret Spencer - Director Field Education Michael McCabe
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment hurdle task Learning Circle presentation
See Canvas or Field Education Handbook for detailed description of task.
0% Multiple weeks
Due date: 24 Oct 2022 at 12:00

Closing date: 07 Nov 2022
In class presentation
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Assignment hurdle task Learning Plan
See Canvas site or Field Education Handbook 2021 for detailed description.
0% Multiple weeks
Due date: 30 Aug 2022 at 23:59

Closing date: 20 Sep 2022
1500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Assignment hurdle task Mid Placement Visit and Mid Placement Report
Mid Placement Visit and Mid Placement Report
0% Multiple weeks
Due date: 27 Sep 2022 at 23:59

Closing date: 11 Oct 2022
1500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Assignment hurdle task End of Placement Report
See Canvas Site or Field Education Handbook 2021 for detailed description.
0% Week 13
Due date: 25 Nov 2022 at 23:59

Closing date: 16 Dec 2022
1500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
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See Canvas of the 2021 Field Education Handbook for a detailed description of each assessment task.

Assessment criteria

All assessment tasks are graded on a pass/fail basis in this unit of study.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

This unit has an exception to the standard University policy or supplementary information has been provided by the unit coordinator. This information is displayed below:

Late penalties apply in accordance with the Sydney School of Education and Social Work policy guidelines.

Special consideration

If you experience short-term circumstances beyond your control, such as illness, injury or misadventure or if you have essential commitments which impact your preparation or performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Pre-semester Compulsory Pre-placement seminar Tutorial (6 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Week 03 Mapping the terrain: Understanding the professional context Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Week 05 Journeying towards critical practice Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Week 07 Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Week 09 Privileging service users' knowledge and expertise Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Week 11 Engaging constructively amidst conflict and complexity Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Week 13 Ethically centred social work practice Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 18 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 360-450 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

See Reading List in Canvas.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University’s graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate knowledge of professional social work and the social, political and economic context in which it is located.
  • LO2. demonstrate an ability to act professionally and to separate personal and professional issues.
  • LO3. demonstrate knowledge and skills of a range of social work interventions.
  • LO4. demonstrate knowledge and an ability to work within organisations.
  • LO5. demonstrate the capacity to assess situations, advocate and negotiate appropriately and communicate clearly in both written and oral form.
  • LO6. demonstrate an ability to evaluate and critically reflect on practice.
  • LO7. demonstrate openness to learning.
  • LO8. demonstrate readiness to proceed to the final year and second placement.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
Changes have been made to this unit based upon student feedback.


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