module specification

SW7049 - Practice Learning 1 (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18
Module title Practice Learning 1
Module level Masters (07)
Credit rating for module 20
School School of Social Professions
Total study hours 420
 
420 hours Placement / study abroad
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 100%   A Portfolio
Other 0%   Practice Educator Report
Running in 2017/18
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Autumn semester North Wednesday Afternoon
Spring semester North Wednesday Afternoon

Module summary

This module will provide opportunities for students to experience social work practice in order to develop and apply their knowledge, skills and values with individuals, families, carers, groups and communities. They will draw on their learning from academic and skills based modules, and will apply this guided by structured supervision and support.

Module aims

This module provides opportunities for students to:

  • Develop their understanding and recognition of the role of professional social worker, learning through involvement and interaction with service users and services, the professional responsibilities and behaviours appropriate to this level of training. 
  • Develop their understanding of the importance of awareness, reflection and limitation as well as maintaining professional boundaries. 
  • Recognise problems and concerns as they arise and with support and guidance, understand how to address these.
  • Demonstrate their knowledge of procedures relevant to the practice agency/service.

Syllabus

Parallel to the teaching, students will undertake a minimum of 70 days within an agency under the direct supervision of a practice educator who will allocate work appropriate to the learning needs in relation to the PCF.
Learning opportunities on placement should include: a planned induction; opportunities to visit related agencies and shadow staff; undertake direct work with a range of service users under guidance and support; attend team meetings and utilise opportunities to gain a greater insight into the role of the agency within its organisational and legal context. Evidence of practice capability will come from the practice educator as well as from the student.
Students will be provided with 1.5 hours of formal supervision per week. The placement will be governed by a learning agreement drawn up by the practice educator and student and agreed by a tutor from the University who will also meet with the practice assessor and student on at least two occasions.

Learning and teaching

Evidence of practice capability will come from the practice educator as well as from the student. Students will be provided with variety of different teaching and assessment models, including a minimum of three direct observations of their practice. The 1.5 hours of formal supervision per week should include reflection on the student’s progress towards meeting the Professional Capabilities. The placement will be governed by a learning agreement drawn up by the practice educator and student and agreed by a tutor from the University who will also meet with the practice assessor and student on at least two occasions.

Learning outcomes

LO1 Recognise the role of the professional social worker including the importance of personal presentation, team work, organisational structure, attitude and behaviour, and use supervision to guide development based on practice experience.

LO2 Demonstrate a critical awareness of self and others and a level of conceptual understanding that facilitates in-depth analysis and management of values, ethical issues and dilemmas in practice.

LO3 Critically examine and review key legislation, national and local policies and procedures relevant to practice, within a context of anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive practice as well as the authority of the social work role.

LO4 Engage service users with support, demonstrating to a professional level communication, report writing, and interviewing skills necessary to intervene effectively with service users.

LO5 Demonstrate critical awareness and the ability to apply specifically the principle of working in partnership with users and carers to achieve user-focussed practice within a rights perspective.

LO6 Demonstrate ability for critical self-reflection, including self-care, creative thinking and professional curiosity in applying at least two social work models and methods to practice, and in a context of engagement and interventions with service users.

L07 Recognise the importance of professional leadership and the value of sharing and supporting the learning and development of others.

Assessment strategy

The assessment strategy is made up of a mixture of formative and summative assessments. The formative work is undertaken throughout the module and as set out in the Placement handbook and in a Learning Agreement and there is a mid-point review through a mid way meeting where progress is reported. The guidance and document templates for the placement are in the placement handbook.
There are two summative assessment components:

  1. A portfolio consisting of three elements:• An oral presentation (15 minutes) based on direct work with a service user• A practice study of 4,000 words based on the student’s direct work with a service user• Provision of evidence outlined in the placement handbook including feedback from direct observations, feedback from colleagues and service users.
     
  2. Practice Assessment Report: an holistic assessment is made by the Practice Educator of the student’s acquisition of the professional capabilities against the nine domains in the Professional Capabilities Framework. The Practice Educator completes a final Report at the end of the first placement - this includes evidence of meeting the capabilities. The Practice Educator will be required to make a final recommendation on whether the student has met the required standard as either a pass or fail at the end of their report.

Bibliography

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Adams, R, Dominelli, L and Payne, M (eds) Critical practice in social work. 2nd edition. Hampshire Palgrave.
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Dalrymple, J and Burke, B (2006) Anti-oppressive practice: social; care and the law, 2nd edition. Milton Keynes. Open University Press.
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Dominelli, L (2002) Anti-oppressive social work theory and practice. Hampshire. Palgrave.
Hawkins, P and Shohet, R (2002) Supervision in the helping professions. Milton Keynes. Open University Press.
Teater, B and Baldwin M (2012) Social work in the community. Making a difference. Bristol. Policy Press.
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