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SP30035: Social work practice case study

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2014/5
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Social & Policy Sciences
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: ES 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Assessment Group S: Essay (100%) (ES 100% - Qualifying Mark: 40)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: While taking this unit you must take SP30256This unit is only available to students studying the BSc SWASS programme.
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:

* To enable students to develop and then demonstrate that they have acquired, integrated and applied the knowledge, skills and values for social work practice
* To enable students to acquire knowledge, values and skills to practice to a level of a newly qualified worker - Level 3.

Learning Outcomes:
Knowledge: By the end of this Unit students will have learnt the capacity to reflect effectively and critically on:
* Knowledge of the nature of social care services and practices (relating to their particular placement agency), and how they respond to diversity and tackle discrimination.
* Knowledge of the purpose of partnership working and information sharing across professional disciplines and agencies and with services users and carers.
* The significance of legislative and policy frameworks and the effects on practice in social care.
* Knowledge of organisational processes such as policy implementation, management, use of information technology and the pursuit of quality in service delivery.
* Knowledge of theories about the impact of authority and power in the social care role.

Intellectual skills.
* To utilise skills in critical appraisal of relevant social research and evaluation methodologies and of the concept of evidence for effective social care, in the sector particular to the placement.
* To develop a range of skills for practice in social care, their theoretical roots, the research evidence to support them and an ability to critically reflect upon their relevance for effectiveness in interventions with service users particular to the placement.
* To think creatively and analytically, including self assessment and critical reflection upon knowledge and practice relevant to social care.
* To communicate an argument in an academic assignment.
* To learn independently and be able to assess own learning needs (i.e. identify strengths and improve weaknesses in methods of learning and studying).
* To utilise problem solving skills.
* To analyse and evaluate innovative practices in social work.
* To explore a variety of relationships and environments relevant to learning and practising within a social work context.
Professional Skills
* To develop skills in assessment, planning, intervention and review.
* To develop skills in partnership, working across professional disciplines and with service users and carers.
* To develop skills in managing problem solving through gathering and analysing information, using information and other forms of knowledge in making decisions about appropriate social work interventions and evaluating their effectiveness.
* To develop skills in communication across a range of interventions - with fellow professionals, carers and users of services - in written and verbal forms, and having a clear understanding of the principles and practice of inter-cultural communication, and confidentiality.
* To develop skills of active and purposeful listening, checking understanding, responding appropriately, developing arguments and recording accurately, clearly and accessibly within the placement agency time-scales.
* To develop skills in working with marginalised people - working in partnership with service users, involving them in decision-making, consulting meaningfully with others, developing helpful and respectful relationships that can lead to change.
* To take responsibility for personal and professional learning and development.
* To develop sensitivity to the values and interests of others.
* To effectively and efficiently apply principles of sociological/social policy analysis within the placement environment.
Key Skills.
* To reflect upon his/her own academic and professional learning and development.


* The content for the student's study will be based on the placement being undertaken by the student.
* Content will be provided by facilitated discussions at the Recall days held at the University
* The content for the assignment will be drawn from the 90 dayys practice learning placement as the assignment has to reflect the content of the students practice with individual service users, families and/or groups and organisations
* Other practice learning content can be seen in the Practice Learning Placement Year 3 Unit which is studied concurrently.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

SP30035 is a Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department of Social & Policy Sciences
  • UHSP-AFB15 : BSc(Hons) Social Work and Applied Social Studies (Year 3)

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2014/15 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2015/16 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2014/15.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.