Service Placement - TZRD8910

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Year 7 30 (15) Julie Beadle-Brown checkmark-circle


All students will be required to work in two different placements during their programme. This module is the first of these two placements. In the service placement students work as a team led by academic staff assessing the quality of care of selected residential or day services for children or adults with Intellectual and developmental disabilities, helping services to help develop or review their existing action plan to deal with issues raised and monitoring the effect of the implementation of the action plan/intervention. This placement will be organised into a series of workshops and face-to-face briefing sessions at the University during preparation and analysis stages and blocks of time in the placement service(s) during data collection stages. Full-time students will do more of the initial data collection and will finish their placement at the end of the Spring term. Part-time students will go back to monitor progress made by the service during the early part of the summer months.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 50 hours
Time in placement: 100 hours
Private Study Hours: 150 hours
Total Study Hours: 300


MSc Analysis and Intervention in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities; PG Diploma Analysis and Intervention in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
Coursework - Service Report 1 (2000 words) –50%
Coursework Service Report 2 (2000 words) –50%
Supervisor rating and feedback (pass/fail rating)

Reassessment methods

Indicative reading

There is no specific required reading for these modules, apart from placement policies and practice documents. Readings from the academic modules will of course be necessary as background for this placement work.

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
8.1 Design or select and complete relevant forms of assessment, with good reliability and consistency, including those requiring in-depth systematic direct observations, rating scales and interviews, with managers, carers and service users;
8.2 Measure quality of support in services using a comprehensive range of measures, including direct observations, rating scales and interviews;
8.3 Assess quality of life for individuals with Intellectual and developmental disabilities, including by direct observations and interviews;
8.4 Systematically assess staff experiences and support, staff training needs and management quality by a comprehensive range of methods;
8.5 Critically evaluate the assessment methods used and systematically analyse the links between outcomes, processes and structures
8.6 Demonstrate the ability to develop and critically evaluate interventions to improve the quality of support and/or quality of life at the service level;
8.7 Undertake literature research into analysis and intervention in learning disability services.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
9.1 Act in a professional and ethical manner in relation to service users and staff;
9.2 Identify, appreciate and constructively criticise service policies and procedures;
9.3 Challenge discriminatory practices and /or abusive practices where necessary.


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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