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

Postgraduate Course: Professional Social Work Practice 1 (SCWR11036)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits80 ECTS Credits40
SummaryThe course comprises of a Practice Placement including the submission of a Practice Portfolio and a Practice Study.

Course description A practice placement of 70 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.

This course will be assessed by two components,an essay and a portfolio.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Students must hold a current PVG and pass Key Capabilities in Child Care and Protection and Preparedness for Practice requirements in order to be eligible to proceed to placement.
Additional Costs PVG Scheme
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Blocks 1-3 (Sem 1-2)
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 800 ( Lecture Hours 8, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 16, Placement Study Abroad Hours 581, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 195 )
Additional Information (Learning and Teaching) Students are required by SSSC (Regulatory Body) to complete 13 days ( 7 hours per day) in Observatio
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) The two components of assessment include:

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 (5000 word count)

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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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. successfully complete a 10 day Observational Placement, meet the Key Capabilities requirements and successfully complete a 70 day Practice Placement meetint the required SiSWE standards
  2. demonstrate the ability to apply key ideas/theories to real situations
  3. demonstrate the ability to analyse their practice including critical 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. demonstrate the ability to bring together different elements and write about them in a clear,coherent way
  5. demonstrate the ability to evaluate key theories/ideas and decide the effectiveness of various approaches in practice
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
Graduate Attributes and Skills oral communication skills
written communication skills
oral and visual presentation skills
independent learning
interpersonal skills: engagement, empathy, tolerance and open- mindedness, negotiation
problem formulation and solving
information retrieval and research skills
self evaluation skills
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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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