Practice Assignments 1 - SO723

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2017-18 2018-19
Medway Autumn and Spring
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5 30 (15)







This module is an integral part of the practice learning and is designed to sit alongside the Practice Placement module. It offers an opportunity for students to demonstrate their learning in academic form. The two assignments incorporated in the module enable to the student to demonstrate their competence in both short term and longer term pieces of practice carried out over the course of the placement. The student will have the opportunity to apply relevant theoretical learning to their own practice and demonstrate reflection and critical thinking
The students will also attend for 5 full days (25 hours total) of skills development. These days will expand and consolidate both the skills development days undertaken prior to placement and the practice learning opportunities.

Method of assessment

The module will be assessed in the form of two written academic assignments comprising of:
Significant Incident Analyses
Students will be required to present, as one assignment, three Significant Incident Analyses. The assignment in total should not be longer than 5,000. The focus should be on reflection and analysis rather than description. The mark will count for 40% of the final grade of the Module. This will meet learning outcomes 11.1, 11.3, 11.4, 11.5 and generic learning outcomes 12.3, 12.4 and 12.5

Practice Case Study
Students are required to write a 5,000 word account of a piece of direct social work practice carried out during the 2nd year practice placement. The mark will count for 60% of the final assessment of the Module. This will demonstrate learning outcomes 11.2, 11.6, 11.7, 11.8, 11.9 and generic learning outcomes 12.1 -12.5

It is necessary to achieve a Pass grade in both the Significant Incident Analysis assignment and the Practice Case Study to Pass the module.
The rationale for the method of assessment. The Practice Case Study will test the students’ ability to reflect on their practice and show their ability to understand the place of Social work theories, models and methods for working with service users. The study and significant incident analyses will show the students ability to marshal evidence in support of their own practice.

Preliminary reading

Banks, S (2001) Ethics and Values in Social Work, London: BASW/Palgrave
Egan, G (2002) The Skilled Helper: A problem management and opportunity development approach to helping 7th ed, Belmont: Brooks/Cole
Fook, J (2002) Social Work: Critical Theory and Practice, Wiltshire: Cromwell Press
Parker J and Bradley G (2003) Social Work Practice: Assessment, Planning, Intervention and Review, Exeter: Learning Matters Ltd
Stepney P and Ford D (1998) Social Work Models, Methods and Theories, Lyme Regis: Russell House Publishing
Watson F, Burrows H, Player C (2001) Integrating Theory and Practice in Social Work, London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

The following learning outcomes will be gauged at the level appropriate to that of a first placement as set out in the Professional Capabilities Framework.
On successful completion of this module student will be able to:

11.1 Demonstrate an ability to apply theoretical perspectives and analysis to their experience and learning in practice settings

11.2 Demonstrate underpinning knowledge appropriate to the specific area of practice in which they are involved.

11.3 Demonstrate an ability to practice in ways that maximise safety and effectiveness in situations of uncertainty and incomplete information.

11.4 Demonstrate an ability to help people gain, regain or maintain control of their own affairs, insofar as this is compatible with their own or others’ safety, well-being and rights.

11.5 Demonstrate an ability to work in partnership with service-users, carers and other professionals to foster dignity, choice and independence and effect change.

11.6 Recognise the nature of social work services in a diverse society, with particular reference to concepts such as prejudice, interpersonal, institutional and structural discrimination, empowerment and anti-discriminatory practices.

11.7 Integrate clear understanding of ethical issues and codes of values and practice with their interventions in specific situations.

11.8 Reflect on and modify their behaviour / practice in light of experience and take responsibility for their own further and continuing acquisition and use of knowledge and skills.

11.9 Demonstrate clarity regarding the process of assessment, planning, intervention, review and management of risk.

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