SW420 Field Instruction I

for FA 2007

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SW 420 Field Instruction I


FA 2007 HO


Bachman, Gary E.


Field Director and Associate Professor



Office Location


Office Hours

Mon. 10-11A,& 1-3P, Tues. 8:45-11:45A, Thurs. 8:45-9:45

Daytime Phone

816 584-6504

Other Phone

913 634-4976 (cell)



Semester Dates

August 20 - December 14, 2007

Class Days

To be arranged by student and agency based field instructor.

Class Time



Approval of the Instructor

Credit Hours


No Text

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Course Description:
This course provides an educationally-oriented practice experience in an agency setting under the supervision of an approved agency-based field instructor. It provides an opportunity for students to apply the knowledge, skills, and ethical principles presented in classroom setting. Students must complete a minimum of 225 hours in the practicum setting. Prerequisites: SW310, Social Work Major, and permission of the instructor. Concurrent enrollment in SW421 required. 5 credits

Educational Philosophy:

Social work as a profession emerged in response to the many challenges, inequalities and threats to societies and the world’s most vulnerable populations. The demographic of those populations is constantly evolving, as is the nature of challenges that increasingly confront us all.
It is vitally important that social work students be prepared to efficiently and critically consider their environment in order to identify, strategize, and communicate an appropriate response to the matters before them. This is as true in business, science, education and government service as it is in social work. 
It is the intent of the faculty in the Department of Social Work to facilitate learners in the acquisition of such knowledge as will serve them, their families, their communities, and the world, throughout their lives. Through the semester, world and local events will occur which may influence our academic, personal, or professional pursuits. In light of such circumstances, the instructor reserves the right to amend the schedule of study.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Function effectively within a generalist context as a beginning professional.
  2. Function effectively within the organizational context of the assigned field agency.
  3. Function effectively through the application of knowledge based practice skills.
  4. Function effectively within an ongoing process of interpersonal and supervisory evaluation.

Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:
  In the first two weeks of the semester, the student will complete a learning contract as described in the Field Handbook. A template for the contract is available on the course e-Companion web site.   Assessment by the Field Instructor will be an ongoing process through out the semester. Assessment will reflect the students’ acquisition of objectives identified in the learning contract as well as the instructors assessment of the students overall performance.   The Department of Social Work Field Director will visit the agency at least twice during the semester to meet jointly with the field instructor and student. A formal evaluation will be completed at mid-term and at the end of the semester.  Students performance in both Field seminar and Field practicum will be assessed during the mid point of the semester. Student will be informed at this time if performance is meeting the standards of "passing" or if there is evidence that student's performance to this time is considered "not passing". The learning contract will be revised to include specific goals that must be achieved prior to the end of the semester evaluation to achieve a "passing" grade.At the final site visit from the Field Director, the student will have completed and turn in a portfolio self-reflection paper. Details on this assignment are contained in the Field Handbook.   The Field Director will assign the final grade for the course based upon a joint meeting with the student and the field instructor.

Students are expected to submit a weekly journal note regarding the field experience through the e-Companion site. Students are also expected to keep written track of the hours spent in their field agency assignments as well as a log of issues addressed in weekly supervision.

At the end of the semester, each student is also required to submit a written assessment of the field agency and instructor as well as of the field director’s role relative to the field experience. Information submitted in this assessment by the student will be used for ongoing program evaluation and development only and will not be considered in the determination of the assigned grade.


This course is offered in a pass / fail format. The grade of “pass” will only be assigned upon the final recommendation of the field instructor, field director, and satisfactory completion of all necessary documentation including:

·        learning contract, 

·        process recording,  (scored in seminar)

·        weekly journal notes (scored in seminar)

·        time sheets 

·        mid-semester & end of semester evaluations

Late Submission of Course Materials:
  Assignments in field may be expected to have some measure of impact upon clients, the field supervisor and / or the agency. Any assignments must be completed in a timely manner. Failure to complete assignments in a timely manner may be expected to result in termination of the field experience and failure of this five hour course.

Make up exams: There are no schedule exams in this field experience.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
  This is a course of professional study. Professional conduct is expected. Students are expected at all times to abide by agency protocol as well as the NASW Code of Ethics.

  1. Personal perspectives will be valued. Degrading or discriminatory remarks or behaviors are not acceptable.
  2. Discussion will reflect an exchange of information, experiences, ideas, and opinions that have an educational value.
  3. Student learners are responsible for being on time and available for field assignments during all hours scheduled with the agency.
  4. If student’s behavior in field is at anytime disruptive or inappropriate the field instructor or preceptor may at their perogitive ask the student to relinguish the assigned task and or leave the agency. In such circumstance students must make up any lost hours.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

  Course Schedule:    15 weeks / 225 hours

(The assignments and dates noted listed below are those for SW421 “Field Seminar.”)

Week 1     Review of text, course expectations, and assignments: “Learning Contracts,”

8/23         “Case Presentations,” and “Agency Presentations” will be discussed. The

                “Self-Assessment of Social Work Knowledge” will be distributed in class.


Week 2      Review construction of learning contracts.                                                                            

8/30            Assignments: Read and be prepared to discuss in class, Workbook Ch.1 “The Purpose of Practicum”, 2 “School, Agency & Student Expectations,” 3 “Planning to Learn,” & 4 “Getting Started” and the exercises on pgs. 4-9 & pg. 17. (These exercises will be useful in developing your individualized learning contract.) The “Self Assessment” is due.

Week 3     Learning Contracts are Due and will be reviewed in class.

9/06          Assignments: Read and be prepared to discuss in class Workbook Ch. 4 & 8

                 and exercises on pgs. 36-38 & 84-90. (These exercises will become the basis

                 for class presentations.)

Week 4     Agency Presentation 

9/13          Assignments: Read and be prepared to discuss in class, Workbook Ch. 5

    “Using Supervision” & exercise on pg. 48-51.

Week 5     Agency Presentations


Week 6     Assignments: Read and be prepared to discuss in class, Workbook Ch.13 & 14

9/27          “SW Ethics”& “Professional Ethics” exercises on pgs.165-169, & 177-180

Week 7     Assignments: Read and be prepared to discuss in class, Workbook Ch. 6

10/04        “Personal Safety” and exercise on pg. 60-61.

                 (Mid semester evaluations and agency visits by Field Director in wks. 7 & 8.)

Week 8     Agency Presentations 

10/11        Mid semester evaluations and agency visits by Director of Field in wks. 7 & 8.

Assignments: First Process Recording is due. Read and be prepared to discuss, Workbook Ch. 7 “Communications”   and exercise on page 72-74.

 FALL RECESS October 14-21


Week 9     Case Presentations



Week 10    Case Presentations

11/1            Assignments: Read and be prepared to discuss in class, Workbook Ch.9 “The

                  Community Context of Practice” and the exercise on pg. 98-105

Week 11   Case Presentations Assignments: Read and be prepared to discuss in class, 

 11/08        workbook Ch. 10,    “The Social Problem Context of Practice.”  


Week 12    Second Process Recording is due


Week 13    11/22   Thanksgiving Holiday    no class

Week 14    Assignments: Read and be prepared to discuss in class, Workbook Ch.17,

     11/29        “Evaluation of Student Performance” and the exercise on pg. 222-229.

     Portfolio – “Program Objectives - Outcomes Assessment” due prior to final site visit.

     Final evaluations and end of semester agency visits begin this week.

Week 15    Evaluations and plans for next semester will be discussed. Final evaluations   

12/06        and end of semester agency visits are completed.

Week 16      Finals Week – There will be no final exam in this course. You must have

                    completed all 225 hours in your field agency by Thursday 12/13.

NOTE:   “The Student Evaluation of Field Instructor and Agency,” and          “The Student Evaluation of the Field Director,” are due this week.   These           evaluations will not be reviewed until after grades have been posted.       However, a final grade will not be posted until these evaluations have       been turned in to the department's administrative secretary.

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  7. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88
Students are required to complete 225 hours at the field agency in the course of this 15 week semester.  The schedule should average 16 hours a week over the course of the semester.  Students do not need to be on site on declared holidays or during weather emergencies, but must complete the entire 225 hours before the end of the semester.   It is the students obligation to keep track of the hours worked.   In collaboration with the agency based field instructor a schedule will be established indicating the days and hours in which the student is expected to be present in the practice setting.  Although this is an educational experience, students are expected to abide by all appropriate agency rules and regulations including time in and time out.  The agency may or may not have a dress code, but Social Work Students will dress professionally and appropriate to the work site.  

In the event of an unforeseen emergency, it is the students responsibility to notify (or facilitate the notification of) the agency based field instructor and the Department of Social Work – Director of Field of the circumstance's. Immediately.

Chronic tardiness, absences, behavior in contrast to the NASW Code of Ethics, or violation of agency protocol may be expected to result in termination of the field experience and failure of this five hour course.

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .


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