SWK257 - Fieldwork

Outline info
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Subject Title

Subject Description
Field placement is a laboratory for students in the placement setting. The student learns the philosophy, function, procedures, strengths and limitations of a social service agency. In addition, she/he learns to become part of a service team and learns to meet the needs of people serviced by the agency.

Credit Status
One credit in the Social Service Worker Diploma Program. Students must ensure they have secured field placement by the 5th week of class. If the student does not have a placement by that time, he or she will be asked to withdraw from the subject. Students must successfully pass both theory (SWL247) and Field work (SWK257) to receive a credit in the subjects. Failure in one will result in fairure of both subjects.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Integrate the theory learned in class with the field practice.

2. Develop and practice basic skills in the helping process.

3. Apply a professional approach to human service work based on social service ethics and humanistic values.

4. Demonstrate the self-awareness, knowledge and skills that are contained in the student's Learning Contract.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

All Module 1 courses & SSW212

***Students must have acurrent police check completed prior to commencement of fieldwork. These often take 6 to 8 weeks to process and it is therefore, recommended that students undertake this process as early as possible.  Please contac the program are for further assistance.

Corequisite(s):  SWL 247

Topic Outline

Mode of Instruction
Student's field learning will take place under the supervision of a field supervisor and a Seneca College faculty advisor and may include the following: research, observation, agency assignments,  weekly supervisor's meetings, team meetings, on-site visits from the faculty advisor, evaluations based on the Learning Contract, professional development opportunities, feedback, etc. 

Prescribed Texts
Students are required to purchase the Seneca College Field Placement Manual

Reference Material

Required Supplies

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
Term Work and Final Examination Requirements:

Students must attain a grade of at least 50% to pass the course.

If you are unable to complete the Final Exam/Assignment in this subject, you must provide documentation to support the absence to the instructor within one week.  If necessary, this information will be presented at the promotion meeting for consideration in determining and recommending the final grade.


All term work assignments must be completed prior to the time of the final examination. Unless students have been granted an extension in advance, late assignments will be penalized accordingly. There is no provision for rewriting late assignments, regardless of the grade awarded.  Students must contact faculty in advance of due date to discuss extensions.

All assignments must be correctly documented using APA and follow the criteria established by the instructor, unless otherwise noted.

If an assignment is missed due to class absence, any official documentation that might be grounds for arranging a make-up opportunity must be submitted to the faculty member on or before the next scheduled class.  Make-up opportunities do not apply to all graded assignments.


Test and Exam dates have been pre-arranged and are non-negotiable.  If a test/exam is missed, the student must provide official documentation to support the reason for the absence within one week to the instructor.  Make-up tests or exams will be granted for extenuating circumstances only and at the discretion of the faculty.

For further information on evaluation and academic standing, please refer to the Seneca College Academic Policy http://www.senecac.on.ca/academic-policy/acpol-08.html.

Note:  As this is a two semester subject a final grade is given at the end of the placement after the second semester.  Students must keep a copy of all final assignments submitted as originals are not returned. 

Required Documentation:
1.  Job Description
2.  Learning Contract Completed for Faculty Approval
3.  Mid-term Evaluation
4.  Validated Learning Contract Assignment
5.  Final Evaluation from Field Practicuum
6.  Time Sheets

All requirements must be satisfactorily completed in order to pass the subject.  Students are responsible for informing their field supervisors about the field documentation and due dates and for submitting them on time.

Grading Scheme:
SAT  Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

A final grade in SWK257 is recommended by the field supervisor but the grade which appears on the Seneca College official transcript is the responsibility of the Promotion Committee.

Please Note:  Failure to obtain a passing grade in SWK 257 will result in no credit being granted in Integrative Field Work Seminar (SWL 247). Failure to obtain a passing grade in SWL 247 will result in no credit being granted in Field Practice (SWK 257)

Attendance at field placement is mandatory on all scheduled days. Failure to attend on all of the days puts the student's standing in jeopardy, infringes on the reputation of the program, and disrupts the functioning of the field placement agency.  Any loss of placement time must be fully explained to the field supervisor and the faculty advisor. In case of unforeseen circumstances or emergencies the student must, immediately, notify the field supervisor and the faculty advisor.  Lost time due to such circumstances must be made up before a student will be able to obtain a passing grade in the field practicuum.

In cases where a field placement must be terminated, the placement days up to that point may not count towards the subject requirements of SWK 257.

Student Success:
Please come prepared to participate in class.  Make sure you bring your course text to each class, participate in class discussions, hand in any assigned work on time and attend each and every class.  Following these suggestions will increase your chances of success.


Approved by: Sandra Noble