Courses & Units

Research Pathway Social Work Practicum HGW606

Cradle Coast, Hobart, Launceston


Placement commences on the 24th of May 2021 and concludes on the 27th of August 2021 (14 weeks).

To be eligible to undertake this professional experience placement (PEP) students are required to:

  • attend compulsory Preparation for Placement seminars;
  • meet the academic pre-requisites for this unit;
  • meet the Functional Requirements for students enrolled in Social Work; and,
  • undertake a National Police Record Check and Working with Children/Vulnerable People Check (Volunteer).

You will be advised of how to meet these requirements at the Fieldwork Orientation Session within the first weeks of Semester 1.

See more information and resources at Field Education Placements.


The final year Social Work Practicum is one of the capstone units in the MSW(Q). You will undertake 500 hours (minimum) of placement in a setting that is relevant to social work practice. Placements are undertaken on a full time basis. In some circumstances part time placements may be negotiated, subject to availability.

You will design and implement interventions and strategies and you will implement your research project. You will document the development, application and evaluation of your interventions and research. At the end of the placement, you are expected to demonstrate that you meet the beginning standards of professional social work practice. You will be required to attend preparation seminars and a field education placement interview in Semester 1.

Full-time placements are undertaken over a period of 14 weeks.


Unit name Research Pathway Social Work Practicum
Unit code HGW606
Credit points 25
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Social Work
Delivered By Delivered wholly by the provider


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart 16 Week Session Jul On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston 16 Week Session Jul On-Campus International Domestic
Cradle Coast 16 Week Session Jul On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
16 Week Session Jul 28/6/2021 21/7/2021 23/8/2021 17/10/2021

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2021 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2021 will be available from the 1st October 2020. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

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Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
090501 $3,625.00 $1,701.00 $1,987.00 $4,216.00
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
  • FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4

1 Please refer to more information on student contribution amounts.
2 Please refer to more information on eligibility and Approved Pathway courses.
3 Please refer to more information on eligibility for HECS-HELP.
4 Please refer to more information on eligibility for FEE-HELP.

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AssessmentDirect Observations of Clinical Encounters (DOCEs) (100%)
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