Undergraduate Course: Professional Practice Placement 1 (EDUA07009)
|School||Moray House School of Education and Sport
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This course focuses on beginning to develop practice competence in a supported fieldwork setting. Students will have the opportunity to experiment with informal educational methods and to explore the idea of reflective practice with a relevant fieldwork agency. Students will undertake a part time placement, normally during semester 2. Students will be required to complete 370 supervised placement hours. The emphasis is on understanding processes of informal learning and development on the basis of first-hand observation and interaction.
1) Academic Description
In this course participants will be introduced to the professional practice context where they will undertake practical tasks in a controlled and developmental way. Students will undertake a professional practice placement and demonstrate developing competence in CLD Standard Council defined competencies. The emphasis is on understanding processes of informal learning and development on the basis of first-hand observation and interaction.
2) Indicative Content
Work planning using Aims and Objectives
Creative use of Supervision
Professional Portfolio Building
3) Learning Experience.
On placement, students will work alongside and be supported and supervised by a professionally qualified CLD practitioner. Students will have the opportunity to experiment with informal educational methods and to explore the idea of reflective practice during a professional placement with a relevant fieldwork agency. To successfully complete the course, and meet the requirement for professional approval, students will be expected to complete 370 hours attendance and work in a relevant practice setting. Normally the placement will be undertaken part time with students attend their placement for the equivalent of 3 days per week working approximately 7.25 hours per day for 17 weeks. Students will have the opportunity to take part in 3/4 2 hour synchronous online sessions using blackboard collaborate (total of 8 hrs tutor contact time). Students will also participate in an online discussion board with peers and tutors; and compile an online journal with a portfolio of evidence visible only to their tutor.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10,
Revision Session Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8,
Placement Study Abroad Hours 370,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||The assessment for this course has 3 components.
1.Complete 4 placement tasks contributing to a digital portfolio, Indicative tasks:
i. Participation in online discussion board sharing experiences with peers
ii. Upload a record of established professional contacts
iii. Reflection linking theory to practice after discussion with supervisor on an academic paper (write up a paragraph on one paper - 500 words total)
iv. Upload a 500 word reflection on a specific practice experience of co-working with professional practitioners
30% of final Mark
2. Presentation on either a community profile compiled on placement or a practice experience carried out with professional practitioners
70% of final mark.
Compensation allowed over the two components.
3.Pass placement (assessed by fieldwork supervisor) by demonstrating professional competence relevant to year 1 stage
||Students will receive formative assessment on the 500 word reflection on a specific practice experience of co-working with professional practitioners.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Assess and compile evidence of competence in a digital portfolio in relation to the CLD Standards Council competencies
- Fulfil learning objectives set during the placement period and manage their time effectively
- Fulfil appropriate work related goals and action plans
- Develop a profile of the community based on research techniques learned in Community Based Research 1
- Develop understanding of the structure and purpose of the placement agency and comment on its connection to the community profile
|CLD Standards Council for Scotland (2017) A Code of Ethics for Community Learning and Development (CLD), Glasgow: CLD Standards Council for Scotland. Available at: https://cldstandardscouncil.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/Code_of_Ethics_2017.pdf (accessed: 24.7.2020) |
CLD Standards Council for Scotland (2018) The Competent Practitioner Framework: Using the CLD Competences to Reflect, Develop and Progress, Glasgow: CLD Standards council for Scotland. Available at: https://cldstandardscouncil.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/CompetentPractitionerFramework.pdf (accessed: 24.7.2020)
Hawtin, M. & Percy-Smith, J. (2007) (2nd Edition) Community Profiling: A practical guide. Maidenhead: McGraw-Hill Education. (Available to download as e-book from University library)
Sercombe, H. (2010) Ethics and the idea of a profession. In Youth Work Ethics, pp. 7-14, London: Sage. (Available to download as e-book from University library)
Wenger-Trayner, E. and Wenger-Trayner, B. (2015) Introduction to communities of practice: A brief overview of the concept and its uses. Available at:
Wood, J., Westwood, S. & Thompson, G. (2015) Preparation for practice Learning. In Youth Work: Preparation for practice, pp. 11-25, Abingdon: Routledge.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||1) Apply Knowledge Skills and Understanding
Organise and manage resources
Provide learning and development opportunities in a range of contexts
2) Generic Cognitive Skills
Know and understand the Community with which you work
Understanding the professional role in practice
Develop links between theory and practice
3) Autonomy, Accountability and Working With Others
Facilitate and promote Community Empowerment
Build Relationships with Individuals and groups
Develop and support collaborative working
Evaluate and inform practice
|Keywords||Professional Practice with Communities,Reflective practice,Professional Portfolio Building
|Course organiser||Mr Stuart Moir
Tel: (0131 6)51 6266
|Course secretary||Mrs Alta Mene
Tel: (0131 6)51 6381