SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 30.00
ECTS Credit Points 15.00
Module Code MML524421
Module Leader Martin Kettle
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Social Work
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Successful completion of MML523612 Re-orientation to Learning Module.

Summary of Content

The module is underpinned by two theoretical approaches, sense-making (Weick, 1995) and the social ecology metaphor (Weaver-Hightower, 2008; Evans et al., 2011). Using the social ecology metaphor with its four aspects of actors, relationships, environments and structures, and processes, this module seeks to review, synthesise and deepen the learning achieved over the earlier sections of the programme. It also focusses on the CSWO's sense making, which is "about such things as placement of items into frameworks, comprehending, redressing, surprise, constructing meaning, interacting in pursuit of mutual understanding, and patterning" (Weick, 1995, p. 6) This module has no formal taught input, but builds on earlier learning and consist of two activities undertaken jointly by the candidate and the academic advisor. The first of these is a review of the learning contract and work-based learning, that will identify areas for particular exploration in the second component that is the Structured Professional Discussion (SPD).


-360 Review of portfolio Review of learning contract Structured professional discussion

Learning Outcomes

by the end of the module students should be able to:Demonstrate a critical understanding of he environments and structures within which the CSWO operates.Reflect critically on their role as an actor within those contexts.Demonstrate that they are able to deal with complex issues, manage complex relationships and make informed judgements in their rols as CSWO.Critically analyse the processes within which they operate as CSWOs.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

According to SQA assessment guidance professional discussion is " more suitable for assessing higher-order skills", making it eminently suitable for the last component of a bespoke award for senior leaders. "A professional discussion between a candidate and an assessor focuses on evidence already provided or demonstrated by the candidate85. More wide-ranging and intensive than questioning and interviewing, this assessment instrument is used to support existing evidence of a candidate's knowledge and understanding, performance abilities and higher-order analytical and decision-making skills, and to integrate assessment across a range of outcomes and/or units. It can also be used to provide evidence when gaps have been identified in a candidate's portfolio. It can be an excellent way for the candidate to demonstrate the authenticity of his or her evidence, and for the assessor to confirm its reliability and validity" (SQA 2008, p. 37).

Indicative Reading

Books Weick, K., 1995. Sensemaking in organisations , Sage, London. Book Chapters Billett, S. 2011. "Subjectivity, self and personal agency in learning through and for work" in The Sage handbook of workplace learningb8 ed. M. Malloch, L. Cairns, K. Evans and B. O'Connor, Sage, London, pp. 60-73. Evans, K., Waite, E. and Kersh, N., 2011. "Towards a social ecology of adult learning in and through the workplace" in. The Sage handbook of workplace learningb8 ed. M. Malloch, L. Cairns, K. Evans and B. O'Connor, Sage, London, pp. 356-370. Journal Articles Weaver-Hightower, M., 2008. "An ecology metaphor for educational policy analysis: A call to complexity", Educational Researcher , vol. 37, no.3, pp. 153-167.

Transferrable Skills

Critical Analysis Critical Reflection Communication Skills Team Work Autonomy and Responsibility

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 144.00
Assessment (FT) 60.00
Lectures (FT) 48.00
Seminars (FT) 48.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 30.00 45% Review of portfolio and learning contract
Coursework 2 n/a 70.00 45% Structured Professional Discussion.