Module Title:Professional Social Care Theory and Practice
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 3 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: The learning outcomes will be achieved through the following teaching methodologies: • Lectures - communication of knowledge and ideas from the lecturer to the student. • Problem Solving Exercises – students will work as part of a team to apply principles of social care practice to social care case studies and contemporary practice issues. Class Discussion/Debate - Students will be encouraged to actively participate in the class sessions which will develop their analytical and communication skills. • E-Learning – It is envisaged that the module will be supported with on-line learning materials. • Self-Directed Independent Learning – the emphasis on independent learning will develop a strong and autonomous work and learning practices.
Module Aim: The aim of this module is to provide learners with the historical developments in social care work, an understanding of the different social care contexts, and the theories, concepts and frameworks underpinning social care work in these settings. Learners are provided with the opportunity to explore their emerging professional identity, and the role and impact of self on professional practice. This module presents the relationship as core to social care work and students will learn about building and maintaining professional relationships with service users and staff. This module also aims to support students to understand ethical and regulatory responsibilities of social care work. With cross-modular connections, the module provides opportunities to apply conceptual knowledge and skills acquired in other modules to students developing professional identity. Through a focus on professional development, the module aims to consolidate students' reflective skills.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Understand the role of the Standards of Proficiency for Social Care Work, as a guide to the principles of safe and effective practice and a framework for professionalisation . D1 6 11 D4 2, D5 12
LO2 Comprehend the principles of social care practice D5 18 which promotes non-discriminatory, non-judgmental culturally sensitive practice D1 8 23, including advocacy D5 15, confidentiality D1 10 11, empowerment D2 4, D5 13 and a Human Rights Based Approach D5 3
LO3 Understand various forms of professional communication, including verbal, non-verbal, written, digital, public, signature requirements, private Influence of language, culture and beliefs. D1 10 11 12 13 14 15 23 D2 1 2 3 4 5 8 9 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 D5 10
LO4 Recognise the relationship as core to social care practice and understand the role and purpose of building and maintaining relationships D2 10, 12 15, D5 8 9
LO5 Understand the role and impact of the self in practice and recognise the impact of personal values and life experience on professional practice D5 8 19, D4 4, D1 8 22 23
LO6 Identify the interconnection between personal and professional development in the context of professional registration and accountable practice. D1 1 2 7 17 21 22 23 D2 13 D3 5 9 D4 1 2 3 4 D5 9 13 19
LO7 Demonstrate the capacity to engage in personal reflection thereby developing a professional identify and enhancing professional performance D1 2 8 17 22 23 D4 2 3 4
LO8 Discuss the history of social care practice and the development of service provision from the past to the present D5 14
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

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

9516 DEVL H1405 Professional Social Care Theory and Practice
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Co-requisite Modules
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Requirements
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed.
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Introduction to the Standards of Proficiency for Social Care Workers
Introduction to the Domains and proficiencies, guide to practice D1 8 9 22 23 D3 11 D4 4 D5 8 19
Role of Self
Self-awareness, as a tool D5 8 19, D4 4, D1 22 23, non-discriminatory and non-judgmental culturally sensitive attitude D1 8 23,
Needs and Rights Based Practice
Needs based practice D3 7 15, D5 12, Confidentiality D1 10 11, Role of advocacy D5 15, empowerment D2 4, D5 13 , Human Rights Based Approach D5 3 Four pillars -principles of effective teaching and learning, mentoring and supervision D5 18
Development of Professional identity
What is professional identity. Consider the interconnection between personal and professional development; relationships & boundaries with service users and colleagues (peers and class-mates); boundaries, transference and counter-transference D1 1 2 11 21 22 23 D2 9 12 13 14 15 D4 4 D5 5 19
Communication
Forms of professional communication – verbal, non-verbal, written, digital, public, private Influence of language, culture and beliefs within communication Language barriers – translation, behavioral, emotional, shared understandings Informed professional opinion, D1 10 11 12 13 14 15 23 D2 1 2 3 4 5 8 9 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 D5 10
Professional Relationships
Core to practice, Building and maintaining relationships. Sustaining professional working relationships (with service users and interprofessional) Disagreeing and resolving conflict Reasoned decision making Data protection and confidentiality D2 12 15, D3 10 D5 8 9
History of Social Care Service Provision
Origins of social care practice, links to welfare provision and need, changing titles, settings adapting over time D 5 14
Reflective Practitioner
Reflective writing, growth and development; personal qualities underpinning collaborative work – assertiveness, transparency, integrity, candor, interdependence, collaboration, discussion; consider the intersection between personal values and professional responsibilities introduction to CORU (Social Care Work proficiencies, code of conduct and ethics); professional autonomy, independence in practice, decision-making and accountability D1 1 2 3 4 5 7 8 17 18 21 22 D2 13 D3 7 D5 1 5 19
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment30.00%
Project70.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Other Reflective D1 2 7 17 21 22 23 D2 13 D35 9 D4 1 2 3 4 D5 9 13 19 5,6,7 30.00 n/a
Project
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Proficiency portfolio (including History CA) D1 1 2 6 7 8 10 11 12 13 14 15 17 21 22 23 D2 1 2 3 4 5 8 9 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 D3 5 9 D4 1 2 3 4 D5 3 8 9 10 12 13 14 15 18 19 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 70.00 n/a
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 12 Weeks per Stage 3.00
Contact Hours 12 Weeks per Stage 1.00
Independent Learning Per Semester 7.60
Tutorial 12 Weeks per Stage 1.00
Total Hours 250.00
 

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_HHPSC_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Professional Social Care Practice 1 Mandatory
CW_HHSST_D Bachelor of Arts in Applied Social Studies 1 Mandatory
CW_HHPSC_D Bachelor of Arts in Professional Social Care Practice 1 Mandatory