SW 420 Field Instruction I
FA 2007 HO
Bachman, Gary E.
Field Director and Associate Professor
Mon. 10-11A,& 1-3P, Tues. 8:45-11:45A, Thurs. 8:45-9:45
913 634-4976 (cell)
August 20 - December 14, 2007
To be arranged by student and agency based field instructor.
Approval of the Instructor
Textbook: No Text
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Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
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.
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: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.
Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88Students 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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