Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Placement B

LEVEL 04 - Years 4, 5 in Modular UG or PG Cert Course


DEPARTMENT Social Policy and Social Work

DESCRIPTION This is the second and final assessable placement consisting of 400 hours and will run almost the length of the second semester. During this period students will be expected to attend the host agency alternating between a 5-day week and a 4-day week.

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 Intervention and Evaluation phases of social work practice. 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 B aims at providing students with opportunities to:
1. acquire increasing responsibility within a social work agency;
2. identify appropriate forms of intervention in social situations;
3. understand the tasks, activities and relationships in which the social worker would be correctly involved and to distinguish these from the tasks and activities which are more appropriate to intervention by others, both internal and external to the agency;
4. carry out a comprehensive evaluation of goals agreed between student and service user.

Learning Outcomes:

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

1. Demonstrate that they can cope effectively with increased responsibility;
2. Identify appropriate forms of intervention;
3. Explain the appropriate tasks, activities and relationships of the social worker;
4. Identify those tasks and activities which require referral;
5. Recognise and carry out effective intervention;
6. Describe the importance of supervision and make good use of it.

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

1. Identify and apply appropriate methods of intervention;
2. Plan, carry out, review and evaluate sustained social work practice with individuals, families, carers, groups, communities and other workers from other disciplines;
3. Describe the theoretical underpinnings of methods used and critically reflect on their effectiveness in addressing service user needs, thus integrating theory with practice;
4. Describe and analyse how organisations are able to address and meet client needs, organisational goals and community expectations;
5. Identify and use inter-relationships of social workers, allied professionals and other staff;
6. Manage, be accountable for and develop their own practice within an organisational context, including time management and workload prioritisation;
7. Critically analyse and evaluate existing practices and structures;
8. Evaluate their own practice with service users;
9. Identify and engage in the process of continuing education and reflective practice that informs professional and ethical practice;
10. Practice as an entry level professional social work practitioner.


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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