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xHow we will deliver your course in 2021: Social Work (postgraduate)

Programmes this information applies to: 

MA/MSc Social Work

1. Content of the course 

There are no planned changes to the course content.

New students

The are no changes to content of modules or structure and timetabling of the course.

Returning students 

Returning students will have the following changes to the structure of the course:

Placement changes:

SW5703 – The 70-day first placement is reduced to 50 days with the option to add 20 days if required.

SW5708 – The 100-day first placement is reduced to 80 days with the option to add 20 days if required.

SW5703 and SW5708 are combined into a long 130 day placement with a week break between the 50 and 80 days. It will continue in the same placement with the same Practice Educator and Practice Tutor. Progression to the 80 placement SW5708 is dependent of successful completion of the assessment block SW5802 (assessment for the 50 day placement SW5703)

SW5802 will be modified to eliminate only the requirement for a final report in the ‘portfolio element’ all other elements remains unchanged.

Timings for the assessment block SW5801 and SW5806 are modified to have a delayed hand in deadline which is the last day of placement (50th day or 80th day) + 5 working days (the last day is the 70th or 100th day is the placement is extended).

Some returning students may have commenced the 50 day placement in the academic year 2020/2021, these students will continue with the changes as described above. Others are awaiting commencement in September 2021. 

2. Length of the course 

There are no planned changes to the length of the course.

New students 

There is no planned change to the overall length of the course, but please note that the anticipated start date of Year 1 placements will be staggered from January 2022, due to availability, which means that for some students the 70-day placement may continue into the summer 2022.

Returning students 

There is no planned change to the overall length of the course, but please note that some students will be completing or starting delayed placements through September 2021, this means that the end date of the placement will be variable depending on the placement start date. 

3. How your course will be delivered 

 

New students 

Skills modules:

SW5702 is a 7 session online teaching block.

SW5701 is a 6 session online teaching block.

  • SW5620 is a long (2-term module) and is therefore a 22-session module. All lectures of this module will be pre-recorded and asynchronous, however this will be accompanied by weekly in-person on campus seminar sessions of 1 hour each covering a total teaching time of 2 hours per week. This is made up of 1 hour of asynchronous learning and 1 hour of seminar per week.
  • SW5621 is a long (2-term module) and is therefore a 22-session module. All lectures of this module will be pre-recorded and asynchronous, however this will be accompanied by weekly in person on campus seminar sessions of 1 hour covering a total teaching time of 2 hours per week. This is made up of 1 hour of asynchronous learning and 1 hour of seminar per week.
  • PN5604 will be taught through 9 sessions of asynchronous recorded lectures, 6 on campus in-person seminars and 2 on campus in-person skills days.
  • SW5625 will be taught through 11 sessions of asynchronous recorded lectures and 6 on campus in-person seminars.
  • SW5618 will be taught as 11 asynchronous recorded lectures and 2 weekly seminar session every week totally 11 on campus in-person sessions.
  • SW5619 will be taught as 11 asynchronous recorded lectures and an as yet undecided number of on campus in-person seminars.
  • SW5600 (elective video dissertation) will have 6 on campus in-person skills days.

Assessments:

All assessments are coursework to be handed in online, except for an exam for part 2 of the assessment for SW5621 which will be an online exam.Students will be able to access all lectures and recordings online via blackboard learn.

  • Students will require access to a computer and internet connection.

Returning students 

  • Skills modules – For students with SW5701, SW5703, SW5708 SW5706 outstanding these modules will be taught in-person on-campus or on placement.
  • SW5703 is a 50 day in person placement.  Some students will have commenced this in the academic year 2020/2021, others are awaiting commencement in September 2021.
  • SW5708 is an 80 day in person placement (which will commence after successful completion of SW5802)
  • SW5600 is an 11-session module. These will be taught as 11 sessions of on campus in-person
  • SW5622 is an 11-session module which will be taught as an asynchronous lectures and a yet undetermined number of on campus in-person seminars.
  • SW5623 and SW5624 are elective modules comprising 11 sessions each. They will be taught as asynchronous lectures and 6 on campus in-person skills sessions or seminars each.
  • SW5704 is an 11-session teaching block, it will be taught as 11 asynchronous lectures and an as yet undetermined amount of on campus in-person seminars.
  • SW5705 is an 11-session teaching block, it will be taught as 11 asynchronous lectures and an as yet undetermined amount of on campus in-person seminars.

Assessments - all assessments are coursework to be handed in online

Students will be able to access all lectures and recordings online via blackboard learn.

Students will require access to a computer and internet connection.

4. Cost of the course 

There are no changes to the cost of the course.

Access to a laptop or desktop PC is required for joining online activities, completing coursework and digital exams, and a minimum specification can be found here.
If you have any concerns about accessing a suitable device, please complete and return this form to enquire about the University’s loan laptop scheme.

5. Award

There are no planned changes to the qualification that is being awarded.

6. Feedback and consultation

We provide set times where you can talk to your lecturers and module leaders about academic matters relating to your course. You can also use these opportunities to obtain and discuss feedback on an assessment. You can find these hours on Blackboard Learn and in your module booklets.  

You can book your slot by emailing your lecturer. We will be holding these virtually until it is safe to hold these appointments on campus.

7. Personal tutoring

Your personal tutor is responsible for monitoring and supporting your academic and personal development both in your transition to university and between years. It is someone you can discuss, in confidence, your academic progress with or any special requirements you may need. 

If you are a first year student, these sessions will be included in your timetable every other week. 

If you are a second year, final year, or postgraduate student you can request to have a session at a time that is convenient for you.  

You can attend our virtual ‘drop-in’ sessions which are advertised on Blackboard Learn, or request a session by emailing your personal tutor.

8. Departmental communications and events

You can keep up with subject and module updates through Blackboard Learn. We will also send important updates to your student email account, including a newsletter once a term, so please keep an eye on your emails. 

We host department assemblies where you will receive department updates and get to hear from lecturers and your peers. These take place at least once a term and you’ll receive an email invitation. 

Our programmes feature a range of opportunities including trips and visits, once it is safe to do so we will resume these.

9. Student-led academic representation

Student reps are elected to represent the views of their course, department or college to improve the academic experience at Brunel. They gather views and opinions from students on things such as lectures, exams, assessment and feedback and then take a collective view to the university and Union in order to develop the student experience at Brunel.

We welcome feedback from our student community on matters relating to your experience through your student representatives or through your programme leaders. 

Find out who your course rep is here. You’ll also receive an email from your programme leader who will confirm your contact.

10. Peer-to-peer opportunities

You can join our student societies, we have one for each subject area including Politics, History, Sociology, and Anthropology. You can join these societies through the Union of Brunel Students or contact your course rep to find out more. We have Facebook groups for these societies too.

Our department also has a Postgraduate Research Society, if you would like to join this please contact your PGR Director.

You can join our social media groups to keep in touch with your peers and exchange knowledge.  Find out how to do this by contacting your course rep.

Contact us 

If you have any specific questions about the above information, please email: CHMLS-TPO-biosciences@brunel.ac.uk

 

Disclaimer: We have used our best endeavours to plan for the coming academic year and to ensure the information on this page is correct at the time of publication. The information provided here is intended for the general guidance of students studying the University’s degree programmes listed above in the academic year 2021/22. The University will deliver the course of study as described unless there are changes outside of our control related to COVID-19. In such circumstances, the University will adjust the delivery of the course accordingly, and use its best endeavours to ensure equivalence.

Date of publication: 16.07.21