HCS514 Supervising social work and human service students 1 (8)

This is a non-award, continuing professional education subject for social workers and other human services workers who take students for field education placements. It covers the theory and practice of student supervision within a framework of adult learning and developmental stages of supervision.


Session 1 (30)
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 2 (60)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: HCS514. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Social Work and Arts

Enrolment Restrictions

This subject is only open to qualified social workers and other human service professionals with 2 years practice experience who are, or will be involved in the supervision of social work and human services students undertaking field education.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the socialpoliticalorganisatonal context in which supervision of social work and human services students occurs and to identify some of the issues associated with this
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the functions and roles needed to supervise social work/human services students including: education, administration, support and developing reflective abilities
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of student, field educator, university liaison staff and Field Education Coordinator and the nature of the educational partnership required
  • be able to critically apply the developmental phases and associated tasks of the supervision process
  • be able to demonstrate understanding of expectations of standards of professional ethical practice and national field education outcomes that students must achieve to gain a satisfactory result in both field education placements
  • be able to identify theories of supervision including adult learning theories and apply these to their own supervision experiences and practice
  • be able to demonstrate understanding and to apply educational strategies to assist students to achieve their learning objectives during field education
  • be able to demonstrate understanding of strategies to deal with students experiencing difficulties
  • be able to demonstrate the ability to work with complexity and diversity in supervisory contexts


This subject will cover the following topics:

- What is student supervision in field education? - roles and functions of the field educator, the learning partnership, key players - the influence of social, political and organisational context on supervisory practice; issues and stratgies - Theories and models of adult and reflective learning in student supervision - Phases of student supervision - Creating a positive learning environment; educational strategies in supervision - Developing professional identity and reflective ethical practice - Standards of field education, assessing students, constructive feedback - Preparation for taking a student - Working with diversity in field education - Working with complexity and students in difficulties

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of HCS514 in Session 2 2021. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Quiz 1
Quiz 2
Quiz 3
Quiz 4

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2022. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.