SWB201 Human Services Practice Placement 1

Unit synopsis

The professional human service role requires practitioners to demonstrate proficiency in applying relevant knowledge and skills in complex situations. In order to integrate and contextualise the theoretical knowledge you have obtained thus far in your human services course, you are required to undertake work integrated learning (WIL) where you will demonstrate satisfactory achievement of the Australian Community Welfare Association's seven core competencies. This introductory practice unit encompasses 200 hours of direct practice within one human services agency. The placement provides the beginning practitioner with opportunities to assess firsthand the manner in which human service practitioners implement strategies to assist service users.

Faculty
Faculty of Health
Study area
Health and community
Credit points
24

Dates and locations

Teaching period Locations
Summer, 2017
20 November 2017 - 16 February 2018
  • Kelvin Grove
Semester 1, 2018
19 February 2018 - 22 June 2018
  • Kelvin Grove
Semester 2, 2018
23 July 2018 - 16 November 2018
  • Kelvin Grove

Fees

Commonwealth supported place (CSP) student contribution amount
2017: $1,587
2018: $1,640
Domestic fee-paying student fee
2017: $5,184
2018: $5,376
International student fee
2017: $7,008
2018: $7,272

Guide to fees

Commonwealth supported place (CSP) student contribution amount
For Australian citizens, permanent visa holders and permanent humanitarian visa holders, and New Zealand citizens who study this unit:
  • as part of a QUT course and are eligible for a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
  • as a cross-institutional student who has a Commonwealth supported place at their home university.
Domestic fee-paying student fee
For Australian citizens, permanent visa holders and permanent humanitarian visa holders, and New Zealand citizens, who study this unit:
  • as part of a QUT course and are not eligible for a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
  • as part of a QUT course during Summer Semester
  • as a cross-institutional student who does not have a Commonwealth supported place at their home university
  • as a single-unit study student.
International student fee
For international students who study this unit:
  • as part of a QUT course
  • as part of our study abroad or exchange programs
  • as a cross-institutional student.

Previous study requirements

Prerequisites
( SWB100 or HHB100) and PYB007
Anti-requisites
SWB208 or HHB208, SWB209

Guide to previous study requirements

Prerequisites
To enrol in this unit, you must have completed these prerequisite units (or have credit, advanced standing or exemption for them), or be able to demonstrate that you have equivalent background knowledge.
Anti-requisites
You can’t enrol in this unit if you have completed any of these anti-requisite units.
Co-requisites
To enrol in this unit, you must have already completed these co-requisite units, or you must enrol in them at the same time.
Equivalents
You can’t enrol in this unit if you have completed any of these equivalent units.
Assumed knowledge
We assume that you have a minimum level of knowledge in certain areas before you start this unit.

Summer Semester details

Dates
20 November 2017 - 16 February 2018
Class days
null
Class times
null
Fee type
Tuition Fee
Restrictions
This unit is only available to students in SW03, IX42, IX43 and IX45.
Notes
QUT students in a Commonwealth Supported Place undertake this unit on a Commonwealth Supported basis.

Coordinator

Name
Ms Liz Upham
Email
e.upham@qut.edu.au
Phone
31381690

Rationale

The professional human service role requires practitioners to demonstrate proficiency in applying relevant knowledge and skills in complex situations. In order to integrate and contextualise the theoretical knowledge you have obtained thus far in your human services course, you are required to undertake work integrated learning (WIL) where you will demonstrate satisfactory achievement of the Australian Community Welfare Association's seven core competencies. This introductory practice unit encompasses 200 hours of direct practice within one human services agency. The placement provides the beginning practitioner with opportunities to assess firsthand the manner in which human service practitioners implement strategies to assist service users. You can examine the influences of practice methods, clients, staff, organisational, cultural and community factors on program and intervention processes and outcomes. You will undertake tasks and responsibilities of a student practitioner under the guidance and direction of an agency supervisor.

This is a designated unit. Designated units include professional experience units, units requiring the development of particular skills, and units requiring demonstration of certain personal qualities, and are deemed to be critical to progress in your course. Students who receive two fail grades in a designated unit will receive an unsatisfactory academic performance notice and could be excluded from the course. Supplementary assessment is not available on designated units.

Aims

This unit aims to provide you with introductory real world experiences of the organisational context of human service practice and allow you to demonstrate appropriate and ethical application of relevant professional knowledge and skills while undertaking a variety of professional roles, tasks and responsibilities under direction of an agency supervisor.

Learning outcomes

  1. describe the social and organisational context of human service practice;

  2. engage in critical reflection of professional development needs against the core professional practice competencies in the human services;

  3. analyse and reflect upon human service organisations, intervention methods used and their personal suitability to practice methods and contexts within the human service industry; and

  4. develop an appropriate orientation to agency expectations of human service professionals;


Learning outcomes link to:
ACWA Core competencies: Elements of all five sub-competencies must be selected in consultation with university placement staff.
ACWA Field Placement Requirements (HE level courses): 1-10

Content

You will initially engage with and develop an introductory level of achievement in the five core professional practice competencies as required by the ACWA human service practice standards. The placement experience entails exposure to organisational practices and processes, service user issues and professional practice frameworks.

You are required to hold a valid Blue Card (Working with Children Check) and provide evidence of Hepatitis B immunity, along with other required immunisations, before commencing placement in QHealth and hospital placements.

The placement opportunity is guided by the development of a comprehensive Professional Learning Plan (LP) that specifies learning goals and tasks consistent with the ACWA core competencies, in consultation with your agency supervisor and university liaison staff.

The unit consists of:
· Pre and during placement compulsory integration workshops that prepare you for placement and provide opportunities for ongoing support, assistance and direction in the student's learning.
· Two agency liaison visits by a member of the university staff and regular contact to provide support in the filed context to both student and supervisor; and
· Peer support, both informal as directed by the student, and formal as part of the university workshop activities.


During the 200 hours of work integrated learning you will also be provided opportunities to analyse and reflect on intervention methods and organisational processes while also considering your own personal suitability for human service practice. You will also be supported to contextualise the learning achieved thus far in the human service degree. Underpinning student placement is the development and analysis of a Learning Plan (LP) to assist you to achieve your learning goals.

Approaches to teaching and learning

· The placement unit focuses on integrating the practice and theoretical aspects of the Human Service degree, providing you with the opportunity to observe and experience the nature and scope of human service practice.
· You will undertake experiential learning strategies in your agency setting in conjunction with the four interactive workshops that you must attend. This unit is taught under a blended learning approach whereby you will access a range of learning materials via Blackboard including lecture notes, podcasts and readings. Discussion boards will enable you to share your placement experiences and learnings with your peers. Workshops will provide hands-on interactive activities aimed at gaining practical and real-life work-related skills, beneficial to human service practice.

You must enrol in the unit and attend a planning/preparation workshop and pre placement interviews approximately five months prior to the commencement of placement. You are emailed information about an information workshop and interview dates and must comply with the process to ensure the university is able to secure you an appropriate agency. This process has been established to enable sufficient time to organise a suitable placement to meet the needs of each student.

Assessment items

Name #1: Placement Performance
DescriptionPlacement performance (including a Learning Plan (LP), an agency profile and a written report.

You will apply learning and demonstration of professional capabilities in a workplace or community context, underpinned by a LP. The LP will focus on the core competencies required for effective practice and act as a guide to achieving set goals, and an analysis and reflection on human service organisations, intervention methods used and of their personal suitability to practice methods and contexts within the human service industry. A 1000-1500 word written paper will provide a reflective overview of the placement experience.

Weight: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory
Due dateProgressive
Internal or externalInternal
Group or individualIndividual
Relates to learning outcomes1-4
Name #2: Project (research)
DescriptionIn negotiation with their agency supervisor, you will devise a small research project relevant to the social and organisational context of human service practice agency, the agency practitioner and/or the agency service users. Dependent on the research project context, you will present your project to the agency practitioners and/or service users on your placement completion.

Weight: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory
Due dateThroughout Semester
Internal or externalInternal
Group or individualIndividual
Relates to learning outcomes1-4

Academic integrity

QUT is committed to maintaining high academic standards to protect the value of its qualifications. To assist you in assuring the academic integrity of your assessment you are encouraged to make use of the support materials and services available to help you consider and check your assessment items. Important information about the university's approach to academic integrity of assessment is on your unit Blackboard site.

A breach of academic integrity is regarded as Student Misconduct and can lead to the imposition of penalties.

Resource materials

Cleak, H.& Wilson, J.(2013). Making the most of field placement (3rd edition).South Melbourne: Cengage Learning

O'Hara, A., & Weber, Z. (2006). Skills for human service practice. South Melbourne: Oxford University Press.

Chenoweth, L.and McAuliffe, D. (2012). The Road to Social Work and Human Service Practice (2nd edition). South Melbourne: Cengage Learning

An extensive list of resources will also be available on the Blackboard site.

Risk assessment statement

Human Services practice does bring with it an element of risk. Students will gain knowledge of workplace health and safety during pre-placement workshops and prior to entering the practice field, and will undertake an agency risk management process on commencement of their placement. This will provide clarity and strategies in terms of addressing risk issues.

Rationale

The professional human service role requires practitioners to demonstrate proficiency in applying relevant knowledge and skills in complex situations. In order to integrate and contextualise the theoretical knowledge you have obtained thus far in your human services course, you are required to undertake work integrated learning (WIL) where you will demonstrate satisfactory achievement of the Australian Community Welfare Association's seven core competencies. This introductory practice unit encompasses 200 hours of direct practice within one human services agency. The placement provides the beginning practitioner with opportunities to assess firsthand the manner in which human service practitioners implement strategies to assist service users. You can examine the influences of practice methods, clients, staff, organisational, cultural and community factors on program and intervention processes and outcomes. You will undertake tasks and responsibilities of a student practitioner under the guidance and direction of an agency supervisor.

This is a designated unit. Designated units include professional experience units, units requiring the development of particular skills, and units requiring demonstration of certain personal qualities, and are deemed to be critical to progress in your course. Students who receive two fail grades in a designated unit will receive an unsatisfactory academic performance notice and could be excluded from the course. Supplementary assessment is not available on designated units.

Aims

This unit aims to provide you with introductory real world experiences of the organisational context of human service practice and allow you to demonstrate appropriate and ethical application of relevant professional knowledge and skills while undertaking a variety of professional roles, tasks and responsibilities under direction of an agency supervisor.

Learning outcomes

  1. describe the social and organisational context of human service practice;

  2. engage in critical reflection of professional development needs against the core professional practice competencies in the human services;

  3. analyse and reflect upon human service organisations, intervention methods used and their personal suitability to practice methods and contexts within the human service industry; and

  4. develop an appropriate orientation to agency expectations of human service professionals;


Learning outcomes link to:
ACWA Core competencies: Elements of all five sub-competencies must be selected in consultation with university placement staff.
ACWA Field Placement Requirements (HE level courses): 1-10

Content

You will initially engage with and develop an introductory level of achievement in the five core professional practice competencies as required by the ACWA human service practice standards. The placement experience entails exposure to organisational practices and processes, service user issues and professional practice frameworks.

You are required to hold a valid Blue Card (Working with Children Check) and provide evidence of Hepatitis B immunity, along with other required immunisations, before commencing placement in QHealth and hospital placements.

The placement opportunity is guided by the development of a comprehensive Professional Learning Plan (LP) that specifies learning goals and tasks consistent with the ACWA core competencies, in consultation with your agency supervisor and university liaison staff.

The unit consists of:
· Pre and during placement compulsory integration workshops that prepare you for placement and provide opportunities for ongoing support, assistance and direction in the student's learning.
· Two agency liaison visits by a member of the university staff and regular contact to provide support in the filed context to both student and supervisor; and
· Peer support, both informal as directed by the student, and formal as part of the university workshop activities.


During the 200 hours of work integrated learning you will also be provided opportunities to analyse and reflect on intervention methods and organisational processes while also considering your own personal suitability for human service practice. You will also be supported to contextualise the learning achieved thus far in the human service degree. Underpinning student placement is the development and analysis of a Learning Plan (LP) to assist you to achieve your learning goals.

Approaches to teaching and learning

· The placement unit focuses on integrating the practice and theoretical aspects of the Human Service degree, providing you with the opportunity to observe and experience the nature and scope of human service practice.
· You will undertake experiential learning strategies in your agency setting in conjunction with the four interactive workshops that you must attend. This unit is taught under a blended learning approach whereby you will access a range of learning materials via Blackboard including lecture notes, podcasts and readings. Discussion boards will enable you to share your placement experiences and learnings with your peers. Workshops will provide hands-on interactive activities aimed at gaining practical and real-life work-related skills, beneficial to human service practice.

You must enrol in the unit and attend a planning/preparation workshop and pre placement interviews approximately five months prior to the commencement of placement. You are emailed information about an information workshop and interview dates and must comply with the process to ensure the university is able to secure you an appropriate agency. This process has been established to enable sufficient time to organise a suitable placement to meet the needs of each student.

Assessment items

Name #1: Placement Performance
DescriptionPlacement performance (including a Learning Plan (LP), an agency profile and a written report.

You will apply learning and demonstration of professional capabilities in a workplace or community context, underpinned by a LP. The LP will focus on the core competencies required for effective practice and act as a guide to achieving set goals, and an analysis and reflection on human service organisations, intervention methods used and of their personal suitability to practice methods and contexts within the human service industry. A 1000-1500 word written paper will provide a reflective overview of the placement experience.

Weight: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory
Due dateProgressive
Internal or externalInternal
Group or individualIndividual
Relates to learning outcomes1-4
Name #2: Project (research)
DescriptionIn negotiation with their agency supervisor, you will devise a small research project relevant to the social and organisational context of human service practice agency, the agency practitioner and/or the agency service users. Dependent on the research project context, you will present your project to the agency practitioners and/or service users on your placement completion.

Weight: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory
Due dateThroughout Semester
Internal or externalInternal
Group or individualIndividual
Relates to learning outcomes1-4

Academic integrity

QUT is committed to maintaining high academic standards to protect the value of its qualifications. To assist you in assuring the academic integrity of your assessment you are encouraged to make use of the support materials and services available to help you consider and check your assessment items. Important information about the university's approach to academic integrity of assessment is on your unit Blackboard site.

A breach of academic integrity is regarded as Student Misconduct and can lead to the imposition of penalties.

Resource materials

Cleak, H.& Wilson, J.(2013). Making the most of field placement (3rd edition).South Melbourne: Cengage Learning

O'Hara, A., & Weber, Z. (2006). Skills for human service practice. South Melbourne: Oxford University Press.

Chenoweth, L.and McAuliffe, D. (2012). The Road to Social Work and Human Service Practice (2nd edition). South Melbourne: Cengage Learning

An extensive list of resources will also be available on the Blackboard site.

Risk assessment statement

Human Services practice does bring with it an element of risk. Students will gain knowledge of workplace health and safety during pre-placement workshops and prior to entering the practice field, and will undertake an agency risk management process on commencement of their placement. This will provide clarity and strategies in terms of addressing risk issues.