Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Placement A

LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Social Policy and Social Work

DESCRIPTION This is the first assessable placement to be undertaken by the students. It consists of 300 hours worked over 12 weeks, and is held over the first semester of the 3rd year. During the placement period the student will be expected to spend three full days in succession at the host agency (usually – Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) and two days at university per week.

The purpose of Placement A:

This study-unit is intended to provide students with opportunities to develop skills, values, knowledge and competence in a specified range of key components of social work practice, and to integrate this with learning across all prior and concurrent study units undertaken on their course. This placement will focus on those aspects of the social work process that centre on the Assessment phase of social work practice – i.e. communication, engagement, assessment and planning. Students will be expected to bear responsibility for 7 to 10 cases.

Legitimate work on placement would include:
• direct practice with service users and carers;
• associated meetings;
• supervision;
• preparation for supervision;
• attendance at recall days at the university;
• preparation of placement-related written work;
• preparation of assessable work.

Study Unit Aims:

Placement A aims to provide students with an opportunity to:
1. Develop an understanding of the range of roles undertaken by social workers, and build their capacity to perform such roles;
2. Develop their capacity for ethical and effective social work through direct work with service users;
3. Clarify and use common principles, processes and concepts applicable across a range of roles and settings;
4. Integrate and transfer learning for practice.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge and Understanding:
By the end of the study unit, the student will be able to:

1. Describe and explain the meaning of a warm, empathic helping relationship;
2. Describe and identify effective and ineffective verbal and written communication;
3. Complete a professional assessment of service users;
4. Propose a plan of action based on the professional assessment carried out of service users' needs.

2. Skills:
By the end of the study unit, the student will be able to:

1. Assess and explain the impact of psychosocial, political, cultural, racial and economic systems on the lives of people;
2. Demonstrate the application of theory to practice, in his/her writing and in his/her discussion of casework;
3. Engage in the process of assessment and formulate plans based on such assessment;
4. Engage in a process of self-reflection especially during supervision sessions as well as in his/her writing;
5. Describe and use various methods of social work intervention with which they are familiar, with community and institutional systems, small groups, families and individuals;
6. Conduct culturally sensitive interviews, give and receive information and communicate
clearly, both verbally and in writing;
7. Appreciate and use the human resource and service network to facilitate appropriate referrals and understand policy and practice implications;
8. Write clearly, using the tool of Process Recording as well as Agency records;
9. Describe and analyse the impact of inequality, discrimination and social exclusion in work with people in a range of contexts and problem situations;
10. Demonstrate and apply ethical principles in all aspects of social work practice, where relevant working purposefully with tensions and conflicts in the application of such principles to real situations;
11. Take significant responsibility for their own continuing learning and development through reading and research.


ADDITIONAL NOTES Please note that a pass in each assessment component is obligatory for an overall pass mark to be awarded.


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Analysis Task [See Add. Notes] Yes 20%
Competencies [See Add. Notes] No 30%
Essay [See Add. Notes] Yes 50%

LECTURER/S Natalie A. Kenely (Co-ord.)

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