SOCWORK 715 : Supervised Field Practice and Professional Development

Education and Social Work

2023 Semester Two (1235) (30 POINTS)

Course Prescription

An advanced practicum course which includes a critical interrogation of the relationships between critical reflection, professional supervision and ethics and their application to professional social work practice. This course includes a minimum of 65 days supervised agency-based practical experience, building on the knowledge and skills gained in the first practicum and subsequent coursework.

Course Overview

SOCWORK 715 Supervised Field Placement two builds on the skills gained in the BSW field placement one undertaken by students in their previous year of study. It is a 5 day per week placement of 60 days undertaken by students in their final year of study. This course enables students to further develop interviewing skills with individual clients, families, groups and communities. It also enables students to gain a deeper understanding of the dynamics of social service/Iwi agencies, their policies, and how they deliver services to respond to client needs. Students will critically reflect and investigate the role of research within their practice setting.
The nature of practice tasks and the degree of autonomy will vary widely between settings. Students will be academically prepared, prior to this placement, to be able to research, identify and assess a problem situation, set objectives, develop alternatives, and undertake shared responsibility for an action plan.
At the completion of this course, students are expected to be able to demonstrate competently the following learning outcomes, meet Social Work Registration Board competencies and Aoteaora New Zealand Association of Social Work practice standards as required by the social work programme at the University of Auckland.

Course Requirements

Prerequisite: SOCWORK 317 Restriction: SOCWORK 415

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 5: Independence and Integrity
Capability 6: Social and Environmental Responsibilities

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate appropriate use of self in a professional social work setting (Capability 4.1, 4.2, 5.2, 6.2 and 6.3)
  2. Demonstrate competency in interviewing techniques both with individuals and groups (Capability 3.2, 5.1, 5.2, 6.1, 6.2 and 6.3)
  3. Demonstrate the capacity to initiate and articulate own learning in a social work practice situation (Capability 1.1, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3 and 3.1)
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of organisational structure of the social service agency in which the student is placed (Capability 1.1, 1.3 and 3.1)
  5. Demonstrate an ability to criticially reflect on the role of research within a practice setting (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3 and 6.3)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Field Placement Portfolio 100% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5
Field Placement Portfolio
To pass this course students are required to complete the following components of the portfolio to the examiners's satisfaction
1. Induction & Orientation
2. Learning Contract
3. Supervisor's live observations
4. Mid Placement Reflection
5. Presentation
6. Completed Timeline and Date of Supervision
7. Placement Learning Summary
8. Supervisor's Final Report

Workload Expectations

This course is a 30-point Honors course. A typical semester including the field placement period totals approximately 12 weeks.

For this course, students are then expected to spend 40 hours per week for a period of 60 days in supervised agency-based practical experience.

Students can also reasonably expect to commit approximately 40-60 hours to independent learning throughout this course. This may include reading (and more reading), note-taking, face-to-face and/or online discussion, writing, engaging in collaborative group work, problem-solving, undertaking practical tasks, reflecting on learning, accessing research and study resources, and assignment preparation and completion.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

Attendance is required at scheduled activities to complete components of the course.

Lectures will not be available as recordings. Other learning activities will not be available as recordings.

The course will not include live online events including group discussions.

The activities for the course are scheduled as a standard weekly timetable.

Learning Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

Handbook SOCWORK 715

Student Feedback

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.

Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.

Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.
Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.
Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.

Published on 08/11/2022 08:29 a.m.