20 credits at level HE6
This module is intended to provide support, feedback and supervision to students in an applied setting. This module provides the student with a structured opportunity for professional development. The practicum is a defined as a period of work for practical experience as part of an academic course. This module prepares students to participate with professionals in applying the principles of psychology. It teaches professional standards and helps students develop personal standards. Each student will be expected to spend a minimum of 2 hours per week during the course of the module. Students can either apply for a few limited placements within the university setting or organize and arrange for their own practicum placements. Students must submit a letter of agreement from the proposed practicum setting outlining the nature and terms of the proposed placement and obtain permission of the instructor prior to the start of the placement. Students are NOT permitted to conduct their practicum in their regular place of employment. Each student will be expected to complete the minimum placement requirement of 40 hours over the course of 2 semesters – 24 weeks. The expectation is that students will complete the required hours over a minimum of 6 weeks. The expectation is that the module is to be completed over time for a more complete experience rather than the hours completed in a short span of time. Students will be expected to maintain a detailed log of time and activities spent at their setting, the logs should be attested and signed by the site supervisor. Signed logs must be turned in to the course administrator every 4 weeks. Students who do not submit signed logs will not be able to complete the course. All students must strictly adhere to the code of ethics adopted by the practicum agency. If the agency does not have a code of ethics or if the agency’s code of ethics is lacking in detail, students will rely on the British Psychological Society Code of ethics. Students will be required to attend the first six weeks for classes on communication skills, ethics and health and safety. At the end of the six weeks will be an in-class assessment.
critical self-reflection and personal development
Interacting in task groups
The process of listening
Training in communication skills: research, theory and practice
ethics/health and safety
Teaching will be undertaken by short lectures, whole class discussion, group work and work-shops. The practical experience will take place at an appropriate approved setting that is supervised in a professional environment. Students are required to complete a minimum of 40 hours up to a maximum of 70 hours in practicum placement over 24 weeks. A 2,000 word minimum practicum reflection is required that allows students to reflect on their practicum and discuss the highlights and “low-lights of the practicum experiences. Students will be directed to describe their strengths and weaknesses as they have observed them over the course of the practicum utilizing their bi-monthly practicum logs. In addition there will be an in-class assessment on the indicative syllabus content of communication skills, ethics and health and safety. Formal lectures will be held during the first 5 weeks of the semester with an in-class assessment during the 6th week. Students will then be allowed to begin accumulating hours for their practicum placement after the formal paperwork has been submitted. Learning will occur in formal lectures, peer learning sets, group and one-to-one supervision and by independent study and reflection. Formal lectures will be used to process practicum health and safety forms, contracts between the student, university and placement, learning of communication skills and professional issues and ethics.
The learning outcomes will be assessed by in-class assessment, practicum hours, and professional development paper and practicum portfolio. The practicum portfolio will contain the student’s CV.
Class Contact 18 hours
Placement 40-70 hours
Private study 112-142 hours (to include literature searching, reading and preparation for placement, completing coursework assignments)
Total 200 hours
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Demonstrate knowledge of skills analysis and development||Complete an assessment of communication skills, health and safety and ethical knowledge.|
|2.||Demonstrate knowledge of experiential learning in the context of reflective self-evaluation||Undertake reflective evaluation of their learning and practicum experiences in the context of their placement.|
|3.||Demonstrate individual subject specific skills which may be developed in the context of the placement||Identify subject specific skills that have been developed during the work placement|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Practicum Portfolio – to include a supervision report, CV practicum placement agreement and healthy and safety certificate.||In-class assessment over communication skills, health and safety and psychological ethics.||Practicum Reflection – 1,000-2,000 word assignment that reflects on the practicum experiences and discusses the strengths and weaknesses as the student observed them over the course of the practicum|
Before taking this module you must have successfully completed the following:
No restrictions apply.
Hargie O. (2006). The handbook of communication skills. London: Taylor & Francis Ltd.
British Psychological society: Code of Ethics and conduct (2006). University of Bolton Health and Safety.
Russell-Chapin L., & Ivey, A.E. (2003). Your supervised Practicum and Internship: Field Resources for turning theory into Action. New York: Wadsworth.
|Host Subject Group:||Psychology|
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