Module Title:Professional Development for Social Care Practice
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 2 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: The learning outcomes detailed above will be achieved through the following teaching methodologies: • Workshop discussion - communication of knowledge and ideas from the lecturer to the student. • Problem Solving Exercises/Case Studies – students will work as part of a team and will work together to discuss and evaluate scenarios related to placement. • Group Facilitation – Students to plan, deliver and evaluate a short activity in class. • Class Discussion/Debate - Students will be encouraged to actively participate in the class sessions which will develop their analytical, communication and practical skills. • E-Learning – It is envisaged that the module will be supported with on-line learning materials including discussion boards, blogs. • Self-Directed Independent Learning – the emphasis on independent learning will develop a strong and autonomous work and learning practices.
Module Aim: The aims of this module are to prepare students for professional social care work, to promote the self-development of student’s personal awareness and critiquing skills which will assist reflective practice.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Profile a social care client group in relation to services needs and supports.
LO2 Identify the role & boundaries of a social care worker in social care agencies
LO3 Understand the role of supervision and reflective practice in professional development
LO4 Consider ethical issues which may arise in social care work
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is recommended before enrolment in this module.

No recommendations listed
Incompatible Modules
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Co-requisite Modules
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This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed.
No requirements listed

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Introduction to Professional Practice
• Communication & relationships • Professional Boundaries • Responsibility and Accountability • Ethical Issues and Best Practice Guidelines.
Professional development and self-care
• Supervision & reflective practice • Professional boundaries and relationships • Stress management and placement anxiety • Professional development • Trouble shooting placement issues using case studies
Sourcing a placement
• How to source a placement, • Doing your CV. • The application process.
Profile of a social care group
• Issues facing a social care client groups • Services that are available to this group • Role of the social care professional while working with this group. • Role of sociology and social policy in understanding social care groups
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment100.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Case Studies n/a 1,2,3,4 100.00 n/a
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination

ITCarlow reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Tutorial 30 Weeks per Stage 1.00
Total Hours 30.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 0.50
Total Hours 0.50

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_HWASS_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Applied Social Studies (Professional Social Care) 1 Mandatory
CW_HWASS_D Bachelor of Arts in Applied Social Studies (Professional Social Care) 1 Mandatory