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Module Title
Social Work Methods
Reference SS2004 Version 6
Created July 2017 SCQF Level SCQF 8
Approved June 2002 SCQF Points 15
Amended September 2017 ECTS Points 7.5

Aims of Module
To provide the student with the ability to understand and apply a range of communication, assessment and intervention skills relevant for social work practice.

Learning Outcomes for Module
On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:
1 Apply a range of approaches to assessment within social work practice.
2 Apply social work intervention within the context of evidence based practice.
3 Evidence practice skills in readiness for practice.
4 Reflect on practice skills and identify areas for development.

Indicative Module Content
Symbolic, verbal and non-verbal communication. Use of questions, probing, empathic reflection. Non directive and structured approaches to interviewing. Interviewing skills with individuals and families. Methods of assessment and risk assessment. Methods of social work intervention including: direct work with children, life space skills, task centred case work, care management, psycho-social case work. Cognitive behavioural social work, and models of family therapy. Evidence based practice. Reflective practitioner skills. The content also reflects the knowledge, skills and professional confidence and competence requirements of the Key Capabilities in Child Care and Protection (Scottish Executive, 2006)

Module Delivery
Extensive use will be made of seminars for discussion, application, simulation and skills rehearsal. Core information will be provided by lectures and student centred learning.

Indicative Student Workload Full Time Part Time
Contact Hours 48 N/A
Non-Contact Hours 102 N/A
Placement/Work-Based Learning Experience [Notional] Hours N/A N/A
Actual Placement hours for professional, statutory or regulatory body    

If a major/minor model is used and box is ticked, % weightings below are indicative only.
Component 1
Type: Coursework Weighting: 60% Outcomes Assessed: 1, 2, 4
Description: A case study will be used to assess learning outcomes 1,2 and 4.
Component 2
Type: Practical Exam Weighting: 40% Outcomes Assessed: 3
Description: A skills video will be used to assess learning outcome 3

Explanatory Text
This Module is assessed by two components: an essay and a skills video. The essay's contribution to the overall module grade is Major and the video's contribution to the overall module grade is Minor. To pass this module overall, students must obtain a minimum grade of D for BOTH components.
Module Grade Minimum Requirements to achieve Module Grade:
A C1 A; C2 A/B
B C1 A; C2 C/D C1 B; C2 A/B/C C1 C; C2 A
C C1 B; C2 D C1 C; C2 B/C/D C1 D; C2 A/B
D C1 D; C2 C/D
E C1 A/B/C/D; C2 E C1 E; C2 A/B/C/D/E C1 A/B/C/D/E; C2 F C1 F C2 A/B
F C1 F; C2 C/D/E/F
NS Non-submission of work by published deadline or non-attendance for examination

Module Requirements
Prerequisites for Module Satisfactory completion of Stage 1 modules or equivalent.
Corequisites for module None.
Precluded Modules None.

1 Lishman, J., (Ed.) 2007. Handbook for Practice Learning in Social Work and Social Care: Knowledge and Theory. London: Jessica Kingsley Press
2 Thompson, N., 2011. Promoting Equality: Working with Diversity and Difference 3rd Ed. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
3 Wilson, K., Ruch,G., Lymery, M., & Cooper., A., 2011. Social Work: An Introduction in contemporary practice. 2nd ed. London: Pearson Education Ltd.
4 Lishman, J. et al (eds) 2014. Social Work: an introduction. London: Sage.

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