Field Practicum and Seminar I

Course Details

Course Number
SOWK 4236
Section Number
SOWK 4236
Fall 2017
Dillard College of Business Administration
Classroom Number
Days & Times

Tuesday - 8:00 a.m. to 9:50 a.m.

Dr. Satya N. Ayinagadda, Ph.D. (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Course Objectives

Objectives of Field Practicum &Seminar I:

1.  Apply critical thinking skills to practice.

2.  Adoption of values and ethics to practice.

3.  Demonstrate the professional use of self.

4.  Understand oppression and discrimination and apply skills which promote social and economic justice.

5.  Understand the nature of the social work profession and its current structures and issues.

6.  Apply the knowledge and skills of generalist social work practice to both micro and macro levels.

7.  Apply bio-psycho-social knowledge within a theoretical framework to practice with systems of all sizes.

8.  Evaluate research and apply findings to practice.

9.  Commit to continued professional growth.

10.  Function professionally within an organizational environment.             


Course Expectations

Learning Experiences


1. Student Responsibilities

• The student is responsible for the timely submission of all field work assignments. A student who requires special accommodations should contact his/her Faculty Field Liaison (FFL) and agency Field Instructor (FI).

• Attend and participate in school sponsored student orientations and seminars as listed in the BSW Field Manual.

• Complete all oral and written work related to tasks assigned by the agency Field Instructor including middle and ending phases of a change effort, evaluation of intervention outcomes, termination, referrals, process recordings, and agency required paperwork.

• Comply with the criteria of Fitness for the Profession as described in the BSW Field Education Manual.

• Actively participate in progress evaluations with the agency Field Instructor and the assigned Faculty Field Liaison.

• Each semester, students must complete 240 internship hours in order to complete the field course requirement. Students are typically in field placements a minimum of 16 hours per week for 15 weeks.

Grading Standards

Grading and Due Dates:

A point system will be used to determine the course grade, based on the following performance criteria:

Practicum paper                                100 points- Submission date:           

Class Participation                              10 points

Performance in agency setting         100 points – Complete file submission:

Total Possible Points                         210 points   

Students receiving 146 points or less will receive a failing grade.


The Field Instructor’s Evaluation Form (Field Manual, appendix C) will be used by the social work faculty in evaluating the student’s overall performance.  Dimensions rated will be: values, practice knowledge and skills, personal/professional self and development, and communication skills.  The following ratings on the evaluation form will determine the points you receive.

                                    189-210 points = A

                                    168-188 points = B

                                    147-167 points = C

                                    146 points or Less =F

A field grade less than B is considered failing and the practicum will have to be repeated.

Final Exam

12/07/1917 Final Field Folder Submission before 5 p.m.

Submission Format Policy

Case Study Paper: Students will assess their assigned case in the field placement and discuss an intervention plan based on an ecological perspective and strengths-based approach. Students will make an in-class oral case presentation based on their case study paper (The paper must be two to three pages). Students will make a presentation in class. (Presentation guidelines, Attachments 2)


Group Observation Paper: The assignment is to describe and analyze a group that the students will be observing in their field placement. In their paper, students will discuss their interpretation of the group dynamics, leadership style, group composition and group process (two to three pages). Students will make a presentation in class. (Presentation guidelines, Attachments 3)


Practicum Paper

Write a minimum 6-page typed practicum paper due at the end of SOWK 4246 – the spring semester. It will be evaluated on depth of analysis and content. It should describe how you experienced and understood generalist social work practice from a transcultural perspective and your ability to describe the social work principles in your work with individuals, families and/or groups. See additional handout sheet for this assignment (Attachment 4).


Late Assignments

It is the responsibility of the student to submit assignments on time. If a student is unable to submit an assignment by the date and time indicated on the practicum calendar, the student must discuss his/her situation with the assigned FI and FFL prior to the time the assignment is due.

For each late submission, the student will lose a half-a-point (1/2).

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

Make-up Policy: Student’s FFL will assign the student an alternative assignment. The alternative assignment could be a written report about the missed topic of the field seminar. For example, if the student missed the seminar which addressed the transcultural perspective in his/her field placement work; the FFL may ask the student to write a paper on that topic. Failure to complete a makeup assignment will result in a No Credit grade which means you fail the entire field education course.


Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

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Attendance Requirements

Seminar Participation and Attendance

Field Practicum and Seminar II is structured to be developed by students and faculty to meet the needs of the particular students in filed each semester.  Participation is therefore essential. Students are expected to come prepared to discuss issues, questions and/or concerns related to agency placement. The seminar provides an opportunity for students to share experiences, to gain feedback on their performance and to develop strategies for dealing with problems which may arise.  Students have the responsibility to help the seminar work.  The faculty are resource persons and as such, structure and facilitate discussion and share suggestions.

The field seminar is a critical adjunct to the field experience. Students are mandated to attend a weekly field seminar during the semester. Students absent for lawful or legitimate reasons will be permitted to make-up a seminar in accordance with make-up policyª. The following conditions provide the only acceptable reasons for a student’s absence: 1) Illness of the student or an illness in the immediate family which requires the absence of the student from the seminar in which case the student’s FFL may require a doctor’s statement; 2) A death in the immediate family of the student; and 3) An absence for other reasons may be excused if, in the judgment of the student’s FFL, circumstances warrant.

Other Policies



Students with Disabilities:  Note: Individuals requiring special accommodations according to the Americans with Disabilities Act, please present the instructor with a special Accommodation Request Form from the Midwestern State University Counseling Center.


Academic Integrity:

Academic integrity is essential to the mission of Midwestern State University. As such, students are expected to perform their own work (except when collaboration is expressly permitted by the course instructor) without the use of any outside resources. Students are not permitted to use old papers when preparing for this paper, nor may they consult with students who have already written the paper. When practiced, academic integrity ensures that all students are fairly graded. Violations to the Academic Integrity Policy undermine the educational process and will not be tolerated. It also demonstrates a lack of respect for oneself, fellow students, and the course instructor and can ruin the university's reputation and the value of the degrees it offers. We all share the obligation to maintain an environment which practices academic integrity. Violators of the Academic Integrity Policy will be subject to failing this course and being reported to the Office of Student affairs for disciplinary action which could result in suspension or expulsion from Midwestern State University.





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