Postgraduate Course: Professional Social Work Practice 1 (SCWR11036)
|School||School of Social and Political Science
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||The 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.
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)
||Other requirements|| This course is only available to MSW Social Work students (PTSOWRK).
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 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
||Blocks 1-3 (Sem 1-2)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 8,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 16,
Placement Study Abroad Hours 581,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|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)
|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.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- 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
- demonstrate the ability to apply key ideas/theories to real situations
- 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
- demonstrate the ability to bring together different elements and write about them in a clear,coherent way
- demonstrate the ability to evaluate key theories/ideas and decide the effectiveness of various approaches in practice
|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.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||oral communication skills
written communication skills
oral and visual presentation skills
interpersonal skills: engagement, empathy, tolerance and open- mindedness, negotiation
problem formulation and solving
information retrieval and research skills
self evaluation skills
|Course organiser||Ms Avril McIvor
Tel: (0131 6)51 1486
|Course secretary||Mr Joe Burrell
Tel: (0131 6) 51 3892