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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Social and Political Science : Postgrad (School of Social and Political Studies)

Postgraduate Course: Professional Social Work Practice 1 (SCWR11036)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
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 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 Students MUST have passed: Social Work with Individuals and Families (SCWR11038) AND Working with Self & Others: Skills Theories & Methods (SCWR11037)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements This course is only available to MSW Social Work students (PTSOWRK).

Students must hold a current PVG certificate (Protection of vulnerable group scheme) and be registered with the Scottish Social Service Council as a Social Work Student.
Additional Costs PVG Scheme
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  0
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 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. demonstrate the ability to apply key ideas/theories to real situations
  2. 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
  3. demonstrate the ability to bring together different elements and write about them in a clear,coherent way
  4. 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
Additional Class Delivery Information Four classes online and live for semester one.
Carries forward to semester two
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserMs Rona Gray
Course secretaryMiss Anna Hallam
Tel: (0131 6)51 1337
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