WEL324 Work Place Learning in Human Services 2 (8)

This is one of two work place learning (field work placement) subjects for students studying in the human services field. In this subject, students undertake an approved placement where they are able to develop and demonstrate practice skills, knowledge and ethical decision-making. Students will be required to demonstrate an ability to reflect and evaluate their practice in real-life working environments. Participation in this subject is a collaborative partnership which includes the student, CSU staff and industry partners. Students will explore their role in using an intentional approach encapsulated in the Wiradjuri phrase: 'Yindyamarra Winhanga-nha' 'the wisdom of respectfully knowing how to live well in a world worth living in.'


Session 2 (60)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: WEL324. 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 Humanities and Social Sciences

Assumed Knowledge

Students will have either completed WEL232 or have skills or knowledge equivalent to the content of that subject. 

Subject Relationships

WEL232 Contains similar content to WEL232

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to integrate theory and knowledge to practice, in order to improve performance;
  • be able to utilise and evaluate basic counselling skills or strategies for undertaking client or community work activity, or quality improvement in practice;
  • be able to apply culturally sensitive practice to the placement experience especially in relation to Indigenous Australians;
  • be able to analyse and implement an ethical framework for decision making;
  • be able to engage critically in building professional relationships with all parties engaged within the placement;
  • be able to critically reflect on own values and knowledge and apply strengths and areas for future development; and
  • be able to critically evaluate own competence with an audit of skills knowledge and values for the purpose of being work ready.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The requirements of the "real world" placement experience, including the types of placement, supervision requirements etc
  • WPL policy and procedures of CSU, along with the Student Code of Conduct
  • Frameworks for developing and completing an individualised learning plan that will integrate the student's learning goals and activities and include the application of adult learning principles into the placement setting
  • Professional relationships in relation to boundaries and conduct will be outlined
  • Self-care strategies will be explored and their importance highlighted
  • The importance of lifelong learning as a critical part of ongoing professional development.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of WEL324 in Session 2 2020. 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 %
Learning plan
Mid placement meeting and progress report
Student portfoliopresentation
Placement completion report

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 28 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

Students will undertake a 200 hours placement in a Human Services agency. Placement days must be done in a consecutive period. The minimum number of days on placement is 2 days or 15 hours per week. Minimum number of hours undertaken in the day no less than 5 hours. Placement must occur within the usual business hours of the agency.

Special Resources

Students will be required to comply with industry requirements in order to engage in a placement. This may include vaccinations and national police checks for example. While placements are sourced in the students local area, some travel may be required to either access a placement or as part of the placement experience. In negotiating these details Work Place Learning Staff understand the financial cost associated with undertaking a placement (i.e. wages forgone for example) and will take steps to ensure that costs are reasonable and within the student's capacity to comply.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.