SC4007: Introductory Work Placement


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SC4007: Introductory Work Placement

Module Title Introductory Work Placement
Module Code SC4007
Module Tutor Mark Wagstaff
School School of Health & Social Care
CAT Points 30
Level of Study 4
Brief Description

The purpose of this module is to introduce the student to work in a placement setting. This will involve learning about the character qualities and skills required to undertake the particular student placement role. This process will require the student to work according to standards appropriate for the specific location and degree of responsibility ascribed.
The student will also learn from case study work with at least one service user through which the range of needs will be discerned and responded to in practice. This will require the student to make connections between the theoretical aspect of the course and the work they do in placement/case study.
The placement will also provide the student with the opportunity to identify longer term career aspirations by engaging in ‘my future plan.’

Indicative Syllabus

From the university perspective the syllabus focusses on the seminar sessions for up to three hours per week. This will provide the students with the opportunity to learn through various forms of group dialogue and presentations through which theory and practice are linked. This module will engage the student in learning in the following spheres:

  • Developing self-awareness, through individual and corporate reflection, self-appraisal and feedback from others. This will include the student in refining their sense of vocational direction through the ‘my personal plan’ format.
  • Understanding work place expectations regarding performance and personal attributes including the requirement for specific character qualities, skills in accordance with appropriate national occupational standards (for many this will involve completing the Care Certificate). This will also include examining the parameters of the student role and how these relate to other roles within the setting.
  • Engaging in deep learning by means of critical reflection through which the student will link theory to practice. This will involve the student in case study work in the placement through which the range of need/aspirations of service users will be identified. The student will learn to demonstrate in person centred practice the skills and personal attributes required to respond to these needs/aspirations.
  • In addition to the case study approach the student will also have other opportunities direct their own learning whilst in placement. Students will be expected to show initiative by arranging opportunities for work such opportunities as work shadowing, observing practice, examining documents and records attending staff meetings

All the above will facilitated through; university based seminars, personal tutorials, work place mentoring and lectures. The seminars will be of particular importance because students will be enabled to explore the above themes in partnership with peers and lecturers tutors and visitors from practice.

Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to:

  1. Create and work to a Negotiated Learning Agreement, that includes an action plan, to enable development against appropriate workplace standards including completion of   the Skills for Care ‘Care Certificate’ and areas initially identified in the ‘my future plan’ framework;
  2. To apply learning theories to own performance including; individual learning style, reflection , critical thinking, application of theory to practice and group dialogue;
  3. To attain a clear understanding of own role as a student in placement and to perform this in a way that is consistent with the relevant performance criteria in the placement setting.
  4. To interact with service users in a competent, ethical and person centred way by demonstrating essential interpersonal skills and qualities including awareness of safeguarding and understanding of service user need/aspiration by applying the theoretical content of the course to practice
Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 48
Independent Learning Hours: 12
Scheduled Hours on Placement: 240
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 100% Coursework: Individual, standard written: 2000 words
002: 0% Coursework: Individual, portfolio: 2000 words equivalence
Special Assessment Requirements
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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