SWK357 - Fieldwork

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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 successfully complete both theory (SWL347) and fieldwork (SWK357) to receive a credit in both subjects. Failure in one will result in failure of both subjects. Students must ensure they have secured a 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.

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

1. Integrate the academic content with Field Practice.

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

3. Develop and apply a professional approach based on social service ethics and humanistic values.


The specific objectives for SWK 357 are contained in each student's personal Learning Contract/Plan. This Contract/Plan is developed by the student's learning team, i.e., the student, the field supervisor, and the Seneca faculty advisor.

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 2 courses and SSW 312

Students must have a  current police check completed prior to fieldwork. These often take 6 to 8 weeks to process and students are therefore, encouraged to undertake this process as soon as possible. Please contact the program area for assistance and or clarfication.

SWL 347 

Topic Outline

Mode of Instruction
Students' 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, supervised practice, projects, regular supervisory meetings, team meetings, professional networking, on-site Seneca faculty advisor visits, evaluations based on the learning contract, professional development, workshops, client/supervisor/staff feedback, and other opportunities that may arise. 

Prescribed Texts

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:

The student must attain a combined grade of at least 50% on the term work 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.

Required Documentation:

1.  Job Description
2.  Learning Contract
3.  Mid-Term Evaluation
4.  Time Sheets
5.  Final Evaluations
6.  Field Practice Logs

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

Grading for this subject will be:

SAT  Satisfactory
UNSAT  Unsatisfactory


Failure to obtain a passing grade in SWK357 will result in no credit being granted in the Fieldwork Seminar SWL347.  Failure to obtain a passing grade in SWL 347 will result in no credit being granted in Fieldwork SWK357.

The field supervisor will be asked to recommend a grade (Exc, Sat, Unsat) for SWK357, but the grade which appears on the Seneca College official transcript is the responsibility of the Promotion Committee.

Attendance Policy

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 supervisory and 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 that point may not count towards the subject requirements of  SWK357.

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.


Required Reading
1. Students are required to purchase the Seneca College SSW Field Placement Manual
2. Reading materials made available in the field setting 

Approved by: Sandra Noble