Short Title:Professional Practice 1
Full Title:Professional Practice 1
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:PRPR H2002
Credits: 5
Field of Study:Humanities
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Reviewed By:Helena Doody
Module Author:Gillian Larkin
Module Description:The aims of this module are to prepare students for professional social care work, to promote the self-development of the student’s personal awareness and critiquing skills which will assist reflective practice. In addition, it will develop skills around linking theory to practice, drawing on key theoretical frameworks from other modules and linking these to their experience while on placement. Students are required to have 75% attendance in this module and pass both components of the assessment in this module to engage in Practicum 1. As professional practice in social care is an ongoing and dynamic subject the syllabus content will be expanded or modified as the case may be, to reflect developments in social care knowledge and practice set out in this module. In order to progress, all components of module assessment must be passed by students – failure to successfully to complete any component will require repeat assessment/exam.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Reflect on the importance of and preparation required for practice placement
LO2 Examine and understand self in social care including strengths and limits of practice
LO3 Understand, identify and evaluate social care perspectives and theories
LO4 Link social care theory to practice
LO5 Develop an awareness of the proficiencies in social care

Module Content & Assessment

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Continuous Assessment Project or Group Project including a written piece and a presentation. Project ideas will be agreed. 2,3,4,5 60.00 n/a
Reflective Journal The Reflective Journal will encourage students to reflect on their learning across all modules on their programme of study. Learning Journal entries can include evidence of students' time management strategies with regard to attending lectures on time, identification of and arranging tasks to secure placement, evidence of personal and professional development 1,2,3,4,5 40.00 n/a
No End of Module Formal Examination

TU Dublin – Tallaght Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Tutorial No Description 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Independent Learning Time No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 6.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Required Book Resources
  • Howard, N, & Lyons, D. 2014, Social Care- Learning from Practice, Gill & McMillan Dublin [ISBN: 9780717159]
  • Lalor, K. & Share, P. 2013, Applied Social Care, 3 Ed., Gill & McMillan Dublin [ISBN: 0717156230]
Recommended Book Resources
  • Celesta McCann James,Áine De Róiste,John McHugh 2009, Social Care Practice in Ireland, Gill Education [ISBN: 9780717145096]
  • Charleton, M. 2014, Ethics for Social Care in Ireland, Gill & MacMillan Dublin [ISBN: 9780717159772]
  • Collins, S. 2009, Reflecting on and Developing your Practice, Jessica Kingsley UK [ISBN: 978 1 84310 9]
  • CORU, Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics for Social Care Workers, CORU, Health and Social Care Register Dublin, Ireland
  • Fenge, L.,Howe, K. & Hughes, Mel. 2014, The Social Work Portfolio: A Student'S Guide To Evidencing Your Practice, McGraw-Hill Education UK [ISBN: 9780335245314]
  • Harrison, R., Harvey, R. & Maclean, S. 2010, , Developing Cultural Competence in Social and Health Care, Kirwan Maclean Associates Ltd UK [ISBN: 9781903575]
  • Hawkins, P. & Shohet, R. 2007, Supervision in the Helping Professions, 3 Ed., McGraw-Hill International UK [ISBN: 0335218172]
  • Healey, J. & Spencer, M. 2007, Surviving Your Placement In Health And Social Care: A Student Handbook, McGraw-Hill Education UK [ISBN: 0335222595]
  • Kline, R. & Preston-Shoot, M. 2012, Professional Accountability in Social Care and Health, Learning Matters London [ISBN: 9780857256898]
  • Lishman, J. 2007, Handbook for Practice Learning in Social Work and Social Care [ISBN: 9781849055710]
  • Mathews, I., Simpson, D. & Crawford, K. 2013, Your Social Work Practice Placement, SAGE Publications Limited UK [ISBN: 9781849201797]
  • Trevithick, P. 2012, Social Work Skills And Knowledge: A Practice Handbook, 3 Ed., McGraw-Hill Education UK [ISBN: 9780335238071]
Required Article/Paper Resources
  • Collingwood, P. 2005, Integrating Theory and Practice: The three-stage theory framework., Journal of Practice Teaching, 6(1), 6
  • Green, A. 2017, “The Role of Self-Awareness and Reflection in Social Care Practice,”, Journal of Social Care, V 1(3)
Recommended Article/Paper Resources
  • Coleman, H., Rogers, G., & King, J. 2002, Using portfolios to stimulate critical thinking in social work education, Social Work Education, 21 (5), 583
  • Graham, G. & Megarry, B. 2003, Social Care Portfolio: An Aid to Integrated Learning and Reflection, DIT, Article 14
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
TA_HSASC_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Applied Social Care 2 Mandatory