Module title: Professional Preparation for Social Work Practice

SCQF level: 10:
SCQF credit value: 0.00
ECTS credit value: 0

Module code: HSC10100
Module leader: Susanne Goetzold
School School of Health & Social Care
Subject area group: Mental Health
Prerequisites

N/A

2019/0, Trimester 2, FACE-TO-FACE,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner:
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Susanne Goetzold
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
You will engage in a wide range of activities on and off campus to prepare you for direct work with service users and carers in your practice placement. Some of these activities will be led by service users, carers and/or practitioners, helping you to develop a deeper understanding of the Social Work role and the skills required for Social Work practice (LO2, LO3). They will include presentations and discussion with social workers from different areas of practice in order to develop your understanding of the social work role (LO2), and presentations and discussion, including video diary work, with service users and carers in order to develop your understanding of their lived experiences as well as their experiences of the services with which they have had contact (LO2, LO3). You will draw on these learning opportunities as you visit particular agencies in order to broaden your knowledge of the range of resources available to support service users and carers (LO2). You will make use of case study material and class discussion in order to develop your understanding of the Getting it Right for Every Child (GIRFEC) National Practice model (LO1), which will be supported by visits to nurseries to observe children at play in order to deepen your understanding of child development (LO1, LO3). You will discuss case vignettes with your student colleagues in Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy to develop your understanding of your specific roles and responsibilities in relation to Child Protection, Adult Support and Protection, and Safeguarding people and communities from the threat of terrorism (Prevent) (LO1, LO2). Experiential training will be provided in the prevention and management of violence and aggression (LO1-3), and you will participate in simulated practise with service users in order to develop your social work relationship and communication skills (LO2, LO3). Some didactic teaching and workshop-style discussion and short exercises will complement these learning activities and support your understanding of professional expectations whilst on placement (LO2, LO3). Some guided independent learning will be necessary to support all of these activities (LO1-3).

Academic Regulation F5 applies to this module, stipulating that a minimum of 80% attendance is required in order to be eligible to undertake the assessment. Please note, however, that this module contributes to your minimum 200 days of practice learning. You should attend all classes and must consult with the Module Leader to arrange an alternative learning strategy to make up for any missed classes. Please see the myProgramme student handbook for further guidance.


Formative Assessment:
You will be asked to give a short oral presentation as a small group of your analysis of a child within a case study using an ecological framework for peer and staff feedback.

You will undertake a piece of simulated practice for peer, staff and service user feedback.

You will be asked to complete a short piece of reflective writing in relation to a piece of simulated practice for staff feedback.


Summative Assessment:
The assessment consists of two components, both of which need to be passed in order to pass the module.

You will be asked to write a short report in relation to your analysis of the strengths, needs and risks to a child within a case study, using an ecological assessment model.

You will be asked to complete a short piece of reflective writing in relation to a piece of simulated practice.


Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Tutorial 102
Face To Face Tutorial 18
Online Guided independent study 40
Total Study Hours160
Expected Total Study Hours for Module160


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 65 1 & 2 31 , WORDS= 1000
Reflective Log 35 3 44 , WORDS= 500
Component 1 subtotal: 65
Component 2 subtotal: 35
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

This module is delivered across the first two terms of your programme. Throughout this module you will be involved in a range of activities in order to support your preparation for work during your practice placement. All of your learning across all modules helps to prepare you for practice, of course, but this module focuses on specific essential knowledge, skills, processes and procedures that you will need in order to be able to start and complete your placement successfully. The module will support you to reflect on your own values and how they impact on work with service users and carers. There is also a professional requirement that you undertake an assessed piece of work in relation to the Key Capabilities in Child Care and Protection, which will form part of the assessment of your ‘Readiness for Practice’. This module will therefore include an assessed piece of work in that regard, and you must also pass the module as a whole in order to progress to your practice placement.

Your learning on this module will include developing your understanding of the social work role and the lived experiences of service users and carers. You will undertake specific work related to the Getting it Right for Every Child (GIRFEC) National Practice model for understanding and assessing the needs of children, and you will develop your understanding of your specific role and responsibilities in relation to Child Protection, Adult Support and Protection, and Safeguarding people and communities from the threat of terrorism (Prevent). Education will be provided in the prevention and management of violence and aggression, and you will practise your social work skills in different realistic settings including the home and hospital environment. Towards the end of the module you will explore some of the ways in which you will learn during your practice placement including how to make effective use of professional supervision. You will also focus on specific policies, procedures and documentation that you will need to understand and complete in order to provide evidence of your learning in relation to the Standards in Social Work Education.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Analyse the strengths, needs of and risks to children and adults using an ecological framework, drawing conclusions for a plan for intervention
LO2: Distinguish the social work role in working in partnership with service users and carers to identify appropriate responses and resources for their support
LO3: Critically reflect on your professional developmental needs with respect to knowledge, skills and values underpinning your ability to establish effective relationships with service users and carers, making reference to the Codes of Practice for Social Service Workers and the Standards in Social Work Education

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
HSC10100 Professional Preparation for Social Work practice