Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

print version

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered, or view unit timetables.

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitDepartment of Social Work
OfferedBerwick Second semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Kerry Brydon


This unit has two components and focuses on the development of direct assessment, planning and intervention skills utilizing through:

  • classroom teaching
  • direct supervised clinical placement.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate beginning competence in interviewing, assessment, planning and intervention skills with particular reference to child welfare and aged care settings.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of selected theoretical approaches and the ways in which these theories can be integrated in practice.
  3. Evaluate the ways in which theory and practice can be integrated.
  4. Understand the multi-dimensional nature of social welfare assessment and intervention with particular reference to child welfare and aged care settings.
  5. Critically evaluate some of the strengths and limitations of working within human service organizations.
  6. Critically evaluate the impact of 'self' in the social welfare context.


Students are required to successfully complete both components of the unit in order to pass the unit. The unit is marked as pass grade only (PGO). Students will complete a clinical placement and submit assessment reports and also a number of in-class role play assessments. The fieldwork component is worth 50% of the unit mark and the skills component is worth 50% of the unit mark with each assignment is the skills component worth 25% of the unit mark.

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

Students will attend up to two hours of direct teaching classes per week and are expected to complete one hour of independent study each week. Students are also required to attend a clinical placement agency for a minimum of three days per week for a total of 320 hours during which time they will not be required to attend any on-campus lectures or tutorials.

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


SWK2100 and SWK2120.
Students will also be required to satisfactorily undertake National Police Checks and Working with Children checks (where the WWC is required by the organization).