SWL247 - Field Work Seminar II

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Subject Title
Field Work Seminar II

Subject Description
This Fieldwork Seminar provides an opportunity for students to discuss their learning experiences in the field with the faculty and other students. This helps students to discover the relationship between what has been learned in the classroom and the development of new knowledge and skills in the practice setting. It also gives each student insight into the work involved at other field placement settings.In addition to the above purposes, the Fieldwork Seminar is also structured to help students develop appropriate professional attitudes, examine feelings about specific learning experiences and gain insight into various approaches to client contact.

Credit Status
One credit in the Social Service Worker Diploma Program. Students must successfully pass both theory (SWL247) and Fieldwork (SWL257) to receive a credit in the subject. Failure in one will result in failure in both subjects.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Demonstrate the ability to systematically manage problems related to field work experiences.

2. Demonstrate the ability to analyze and reflect on personal strengths and weaknesses which emerge from the field placement experiences.

3. Demonstrate the ability to identify specific goals for personal and professional growth.

4. Demonstrate in written format the ability to integrate classroom learning with practice by describing, explaining and assessing intervention strategies with clients, groups, agencies and services.

5. Demonstrate an understanding of the procedural and philosophical functioning of their field work setting.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

All Module I Subjects and SSW212


Topic Outline
1.  Confidentiality; Social Work Code of Ethics; Learning Contracts
2.  Recording
3.  Team Work
4.  Networking
5.  Protection concerns 

Mode of Instruction
Lectures, small group discussions, readings, written and experiential exercises, role play, videos, and assignments.

Prescribed Texts
Pearson Custom Social Work, Pearson, ISBN # 978-0-558-73108-3

Reference Material

Required Supplies

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
Term Work and Final Examination Requirements:

Students must attain a grade of at least 50% to pass the course.

If you are unable to complete the Final Exam/Assignment in this subject, you must provide documentation to support the absence to the instructor within one week.  If necessary, this information will be presented at the promotion meeting for consideration in determining and recommending the final grade.


All term work assignments must be completed prior to the time of the final examination. Unless students have been granted an extension in advance, late assignments will be penalized accordingly. There is no provision for rewriting late assignments, regardless of the grade awarded.  Students must contact faculty in advance of due date to discuss extensions.

All assignments must be correctly documented using APA criteria – in-text citations for quotes and paraphrasing; 

If an assignment is missed due to class absence, any official documentation that might be grounds for arranging a make-up opportunity must be submitted to the faculty member on or before the next scheduled class.  Make-up opportunities do not apply to all graded assignments.


Test and Exam dates have been pre-arranged and are non-negotiable.  If a test/exam is missed, the student must provide official documentation to support the reason for the absence within one week to the instructor.  Make-up tests or exams will be granted for extenuating circumstances only and at the discretion of the faculty.

For further information on evaluation and academic standing, please refer to the Seneca College Academic Policy http://www.senecac.on.ca/academic-policy/acpol-08.html.

Grading is based on the following marking scheme:

Semester 1  
Journals 10%
Quizzes 10%
Learning Contract 10%
Semester 2  
Journals 20%
Learning Contract Evaluation 10%
Agency Presentation 15%
Field Placement Journal Analysis 25%
Total 100%

NOTE:  These subjects run concurrently over 2 semesters.  Students must register for both SWL247 and SWK257 and are required to attend all scheduled classes and complete all placement hours by the end of the semester - failure to do so may affect the student's ability to receive a passing grade in these subjects.

Student Success:
Please come prepared to participate in class.  Make sure you bring your course text to each class, participate in class discussions, hand in any assigned work on time and attend each and every class.  Following these suggestions will increase your chances of success.


Approved by: Sandra Noble