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Postgraduate Course: Professional Social Work Practice 2 (SCWR11035)

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 the Practice Teacher's final report, the student's self-evaluation of practice 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 Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements This course is only available to MSW Social Work students (PTSOWRK).
Additional Costs SSSC Registration
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, 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 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 16, Placement Study Abroad Hours 665, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 117 )
Additional Information (Learning and Teaching) Students are required by SSSC (Regulatory Body) to complete 95 days ( 7 hours per day)in a Practice
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) The three components of assessment include:

1. Student Self Evaluation of Development of Learning on Placement (4000 words) - 50%

2. Practice Teacher's Placement Final Report - Pass/Fail

3. Practice Study (4000 words) 50%

All three components must be passed to pass the course.
Feedback Not entered
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 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. demonstate the ability to bring together different elements and write about them in a clear,coherent way
  5. demonstrate the ability to evaluate their intervention in the practice situation including critical 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
Graduate Attributes and Skills 1. oral communication skills
2. written communication skills
3. oral and visual presentation skills
4. independent learning
5. teamwork
6. interpersonal skills: engagement, empathy, tolerance and open- mindedness, negotiation
7. problem formulation and solving
8. information retrieval and research skills
9. self evaluation skills
Special Arrangements Students must join the PVG Scheme
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserMs Avril McIvor
Tel: (0131 6)51 1486
Course secretaryMr Joe Burrell
Tel: (0131 6) 51 3892
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