SS2801: Practice Placement - Youth and Community Work

Credit Weighting: 10
No. of Students: Min 20, Max 35.
Pre-requisite(s): None.
Co-requisite(s): None.
Teaching Period(s): Semesters 1 or 2 or 3. (semester details for this module will be confirmed at the start of the programme).
Teaching Methods: 6 x 3hr(s) Lectures; 3 x 30min(s) Other (supervision sessions); 1 x 3hr(s) Tutorials (plus 9 hrs Child Protection Training); 100hr(s) Placements (plus 100 hrs self-directed learning)
Module Co-ordinator: Dr Séamus O Tuama, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Lecturer(s): Staff, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Module Objective: To develop the student's professional practice in an agency placement setting.
Module Content: This module affords students the opportunity to apply their learning to a practice context in the field of Youth and Community Work and exercise theoretical learning and skills development through praxis. Students will also engage in reflective learning through the supervision process.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Appreciate the necessity for working within a theoretical framework.
  • Identify some of their personal skills.
  • Identify examples of skills in action.
  • Identify examples of theory in practice.
  • Develop personal awareness.
  • Develop awareness of professional ethics, skills and practice.
  • Practice safe approaches in work with children in accordance with Child Protection legislation/Training.
Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (2,000 word Agency Profile, 50 marks; 2,000 word Placement Report, 80 marks; Placement Performance (from agency and Supervisor feedback), 70 marks. Or, in the case where placement cannot occur, 4,000 word Extensive Case Study, 150 marks; 10 minute Oral Presentation, 50 marks. This assessment will be an option for students who cannot complete the Placement and related assignments due to Covid-19 related challenges).
Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.
Penalties (for late submission of course/project work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.
Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40% All elements of assessment must be passed independently.
End of Year Written Examination Profile: No Formal Written Examination.
Requirements for Supplemental Examination: No Autumn supplemental examination. Students who fail this module will be offered the opportunity to repeat the placement in the subsequent academic year. Practice Placement may only be repeated once.

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