BESC3001 Work-integrated Placement 1

Bachelor Course Unit

Level: 300

Credit points: 6


BESC2001 - Social, Legal and Ethical Frameworks

Unit Description

Placement and supervision are formative components of the Bachelor of Applied Social Science. This unit provides students with opportunities to develop and apply skills and theoretical knowledge in relation to social science concepts in workplace settings. Students will analyse the influence of policy, funding and social contexts on the organisation. They will attend fortnightly small group supervision to discuss their developing knowledge of these themes, their understanding of the concept of cultural sensitivity in the workplace and the needs for safe service provision to diverse groups. Students will keep a reflective journal of their placement experiences using Mahara to construct an e-Portfolio. Reflective journaling enhances students’ self-awareness and their capacity to be ethical and reflective. Work-integrated Placement 1 and Work-integrated Placement 2 must be taken consecutively.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate the practical application of knowledge and skills in workplace settings;
  • Apply social science concepts to analyse key practices in their placement organisations;
  • Analyse the influence of policy, funding, and social and cultural contexts on the organisational mission, values, roles, structure, functions and culture;
  • Demonstrate ethical decision-making skills in their placement, with respect for the rights and autonomy of clients;
  • Demonstrate cultural sensitivity and provide culturally safe services to diverse groups;
  • Critically reflect on their role and performance in their placement organisations.

Unit workload

The workload for this unit is 14 hours per week.

Assignment summary

Please refer to the document available here.

Counselling Placement and Supervision classes

Counselling Placement and Supervision classes are offered On Campus and Online. On Campus class times may change between terms, whereas Online synchronous class times tend to be the same each term.

On Campus class times for current enrolment periods can be accessed here.

Online times can be accessed here (scroll down the page and open the document at the bottom of the page).

Students are encouraged to plan their unit enrolment early to avoid clashes with their placement or other units.


The required text book for this unit  can be found by viewing the School of Counselling textbook list by selecting the course and trimester at the following link:

Academic misconduct

Ethical conduct and academic integrity and honesty are fundamental to the mission of ACAP. Academic misconduct will not be tolerated by the college. This includes plagiarism of any nature. It is your responsibility to make sure that you understand what constitutes plagiarism in order to ensure that you do not engage in it. Please refer to for full details of the Academic Misconduct Policy.


Unit information may be subject to change prior to the teaching trimester commencing. Once term has commenced please review the Unit Outline in your class space to ensure your trimester study plan is correct.