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SP30035: Social work practice case study

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2018/9
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Social & Policy Sciences
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
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: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Assessment Group S: Essay (100%) (CW 100% - Qualifying Mark: 40)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
SP30035 Essay (100%) Reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: While taking this module you must take SP30256 This unit is only available to students studying the BSc SWASS programme.
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:

* To ensure students meet the HCPC Standards of Proficiency and The College of Social Work Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) at qualifying level.
* To enable students to demonstrate that they understand the key concepts of the knowledge base relevant to social work and are able to draw on appropriate knowledge, skills and values to inform their practice.

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of this Unit students will have learnt and demonstrated the capacity to critically reflect on and review practice in relation to:
1. Knowledge and understanding of organisational frameworks and how to work within these, recognising the changing contexts which affect practice PCF 8.1; 8.2; 8.4; 8.5; 8.6
2. Knowledge and understanding of diversity and how to apply anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive principles in practice PCF 3.1; 3.2
3. Knowledge and understanding of the inter-agency, multi-disciplinary and inter-professional dimensions to practice and the importance of effective partnership working PCF 8.7
4. Knowledge and understanding of legal obligations, structures and behaviours within organisations and how these impact on policy, procedure and practice PCF 8.3
5. Knowledge and understanding of organisational processes such as policy implementation, management, use of information technology and the pursuit of quality in service delivery; PCF 7.8; 8.3
6. Knowledge and understanding of theories about the impact of authority and power in the social work role; PCF 3.3
7. Knowledge and understanding of social work ethical principles and values which guide professional practice PCF 2.1; 2.2; 2.3; 2.4; 2.5; 2.6

Intellectual skills
1. To demonstrate a critical understanding of the application to social work of relevant research, theory and knowledge and be able to rigorously question and evaluate the reliability and validity of information from different sources (taught, facilitated and assessed) PCF 5.1; 6.3
2. To demonstrate a capacity for logical, systematic, critical and reflective reasoning and apply the theories and techniques of reflective practice (taught, facilitated and assessed) PCF 6.4
3. To think creatively and analytically, with imagination and curiosity, including the use of honest self-assessment; (taught, facilitated and assessed) PCF 6.1
4. To communicate an argument in an academic assignment. (facilitated and assessed)
5. To learn independently and be able to assess own learning needs (i.e. identify strengths and improve weaknesses in methods of learning and studying). (facilitated)
6. To utilise problem solving skills. (facilitated) PCF 6.1; 6.4
7. To analyse and evaluate innovative practices in social work. (facilitated and assessed)
8. To explore a variety of relationships and environments relevant to learning and practising within a social work context. (facilitated and assessed) PCF 1.2
Professional skills
9. To be able to select and use appropriate frameworks to assess, give meaning to, plan, implement and review effective interventions and evaluate the outcomes, in partnership with service users and across professional disciplines (facilitated and assessed) PCF 7.5
10. Inform decision-making through the identification and gathering of information from multiple sources, actively seeking new sources and to know how to formulate, test, evaluate, and review hypotheses in response to information available at the time and apply in practice; (facilitated and assessed) PCF 6.2; 6.5
11. To be able to identify and apply a range of verbal, non-verbal and written methods of communication and adapt them in line with people's age, comprehension and culture (taught, facilitated) PCF 7.1
12. To develop skills of active and purposeful listening, checking understanding, responding appropriately, developing arguments and recording accurately, clearly and accessibly within thee placement agency time-scales. (taught, facilitated and assessed) PCF 7.8
13. To be able to communicate information, advice, instruction and professional opinion so as to advocate, influence and persuade; (taught, facilitated and assessed) PCF 7.2
14. To be able to engage with people, and build, manage, sustain and conclude compassionate and effective relationships; (taught, facilitated) PCF 7.3
15. To demonstrate an holistic approach to the identification of needs, circumstances, rights, strengths and risks; (taught, facilitated) PCF 7.4
16. To use a planned and structured approach, informed by social work methods, models and tools, to promote positive change and independence and to prevent harm; (taught, facilitated) PCF 7.6
17. To develop sensitivity to the values and interests of others and to manage potentially conflicting or competing values. (facilitated and assessed) PCF 2.3
Key skills
18. To take responsibility for personal, academic and professional learning and development. To reflect upon this learning and development, and to demonstrate competence at the qualifying level as set out in the PCF for students. (facilitated and assessed) PCF 1.1; 1.5;1.9; 1.10


* The content for the student's case study will be based on the placement being undertaken by the student.
* Undertaking the case study will be supported by input at the University recall days and through facilitated discussions during seminars (formatively assessed).
* The content for the assignment will be drawn from the 90 days 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)