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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Social and Political Science : Social Work

Undergraduate Course: Professional Practice in Social Work 2 (UG) (SCWR10033)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThe course comprises of a Practice Placement including the submission of a Practice Portfolio and a Practice Study.

Course description A practice placement of 95 days will provide students with an opportunity for direct supervised practice in an agency providing social work services. Students will be supervised and supported by a Practice Teacher appointed by the agency to teach and assess the student. Practice will be in a broad range of settings ensuring that skill development and the integration of knowledge in informing practice is the focus for learning.

The opportunity for service users to give feedback on their experience of receiving help from the student will be incorporated into the practice learning model. Students will be encouraged to learn from a range of professionals in other fields and to begin to understand the importance of working together. Students will be supported throughout by a university tutor.

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed:
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Lecture Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Placement Study Abroad Hours 665, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 0 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Assessment will consist of:

1. A Practice Portfolio including:

A description and understanding of the agency context, direct observations of student's practice, a personal reflection on the student's learning and Practice Teacher's Report (Pass/Fail recommendation for placement)

2. Practice Study (3000 words) which will be marked enabling the course grade to go towards degree classification.

Students are required to pass each of the two components of assessment. A pass recommendation for the Practice Learning component and a pass mark of no less than 40% for the Practice Study in order to pass the course.

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No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. successfully complete a 95 day Practice Placement meeting the required SiSWE standards
  2. demonstrate the ability to integrate relevant research, theory, policy and law pertinent to assessment and intervention in the practice situation
  3. demonstrate the ability to analyse their practice including discussion of the selected method(s) of intervention, skills utilised, discussion of related ethical and values issues and the development of relations with service user(s)/carers
  4. demonstrare the ability to evaluate their intervention in the practice situation including reflection on their skill development, their achievements in the practice situation, relations with service users/carers and other professionals, and areas for future development
Reading List
Barnard, A., Horner, N. and Wild, J. (2008) The Value Base of Social Work & Social Care, Maidenhead, Berkshire: OU Press/McGraw Hill.
Clark, C. (2000) Social Work Ethics: Politics, Principles and Practice, Basingstoke: Palgrave.
Cree, V.E. and Myers, S. (2008) Social Work: Making a Difference, Bristol: Policy Press/BASW.
Cree, V.E. and Davis, A. (2007) Social Work: Voices from the Inside, London, Routledge.
Doel, M. and Best, L. (2008) Experiencing Social Work. Learning from Service Users, London: Sage.
Gray, M. and Webb, S.A. (2009) Social Work Theories and Methods, London: Sage.
Parker, J. (2004) Effective Practice Learning in Social Work, London: Learning Matters.
Watson, D. and West, J. (2006) Social Work Process and Practice, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Additional Information
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Course organiserMs Marie Irwin
Tel: (0131 6)50 3915
Course secretaryMr Clay Young
Tel: (0131 6)51 1489
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