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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - SOW6305
Tracking Number - 2659

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2012-05-15
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: Change
Course Change Information (for course changes only): The only change being requested is a title change from Foundations of Social work practice to Foundations of Social Work Micro Practice. The new title better describes the content and would then be similar to other course titles.
Comments: to GC 4/2/12; to USF Syst 4/5/12; to GC 4/16/12; to SCNS 4/16/12; SCNS appd eff 6/1/12

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2011-11-04
  2. Department: Social Work
  3. College: BC
  4. Budget Account Number: 0-1261-000
  5. Contact Person: Lisa Rapp-Paglicci
  6. Phone: 8139741809
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: SOW
  9. Number: 6305
  10. Full Title: Foundations of Social Work Micro Practice
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum):
  19. Course Online?: C - Face-to-face (0% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: None
  23. Corequisites: None
  24. Course Description: Social work practice is presented within a pluralistic, eclectic framework as an orderly process of planned change with various client systems and the application of ethical and practice principles. Students are encouraged to explore the professional “us

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Needed for accreditation
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? All MSW students are required to take this course
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? No
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) An MSW degree plus two years practice experience
  29. Objectives: This course introduces students to the values and ethics of social work practice in addition to knowledge and skill development regarding assessment and beginning interventions for diverse populations, including disadvantaged and oppressed people.
  30. Learning Outcomes: After the completion of this course the student will:

    1. Demonstrate effective oral and written communication in working with individuals, families, and small groups.

    Measurements: Learning checks, Interview and evaluation

    2. Practice personal reflection and self-correction to assure continual professional development

    Measurement: Biopsychosocial

    3. Use empathy and other interpersonal skills.

    Measurement: Interview and evaluation

    4. Develop mutually agreed-upon focus of work & desired outcomes.

    Measurements: Application paper

    5.Analyze models of assessment, prevention, intervention, and evaluation

    Measurements: Biopsychosocial, Application paper

  31. Major Topics: Social work practice skills

    Beginning assessment

    Beginning intervention

  32. Textbooks:
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: No further purchases are required
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: All students are active participants in all meetings. This outline is a contract between the student and the instructor. It is a working instrument that guides learning throughout the semester. A class environment that is conducive to learning requires respect for all participants. Students and instructor are expected to conduct themselves in a respectful manner.

    As a methods course, attendance and participation are critical to successful learning. Participation includes voicing opinions, facilitating discussion, and speaking knowledgeably regarding the assigned readings. Participation will reflect quality, quantity and demonstrated respect for diversity and differences within the classroom. Developing a professional presence is a core objective in the course; no uses of pagers, cell phones, preparation of material for other coursework, or disrespectful conversations are appropriate in the learning environment.

    All written work in the course will be due at the stated deadline in the Course Calendar section. Late papers without written permission from the instructor will accrue 3 points off the total paper per day late.

    Biopsychosocial 25 points

    Learning checks 30 points

    Interview and evaluation 20 points

    Application Paper 25 points

    100 points

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: COURSE REQUIREMENTS:

    BIOPSYCHOSOCIAL HISTORY AND TREATMENT PLAN. Students will complete a written biopsychosocial and treatment plan using him or herself as the client. The purpose of the biopsychosocial history assignment is for students to: 1) demonstrate an understanding of the core concepts of generalist social work practice; 2) identify the basis for intervention and prevention; 3) demonstrate the ability to communicate information effectively; and 4) become more aware of personal values and biases to increase self awareness. Students are to practice using professional boundaries. For example, students may record statements such as "the client did provide much information regarding (x such as substance abuse) and a further assessment will need to be conducted"... or something similar to this for information that does not need to be disclosed. Also, the “presenting problem” needs to a minor situation or issue such that an assessment and treatment plan may be developed. However, students are strongly discouraged from using current major life issue for the presenting problem. (See Appendix A)

    LEARNING CHECKS. Three in-class learning check assignments (multiple choice and short answer) are given to students throughout the semester covering only required reading material posted in the syllabus. Lectures throughout the course focus on required reading material. Learning checks are designed for students to demonstrate a general foundation to working with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. Each learning check is valued at a maximum of 10 points.

    INTERVIEW AND EVALUATION. Students will conduct an interview to demonstrate effective communication skills. The interview is tape recorded. Students then complete an interview paper describing strengths and/or difficulties in utilizing effective interview skills and will discuss the process of conducting an interview. The purpose of the interview paper is for students to demonstrate the ability to use effective communication skills including attending, verbal following, interpreting and confronting. (See Appendix B for further instructions, grading rubric and the consent form that must be completed and turned into the instructor).

    APPLICATION PAPER. Students produce cumulative written work, in class, that reflects their capacity to integrate the knowledge and skills they have learned in the course through applying them to a case provided by the professor. During weeks 8-15, students work from the study guide (See Appendix). During writing of the application paper, students are encouraged to use their texts, their class notes, power point presentations, literature reviewed, and study guide notes. The professor presents questions that reflect effective practice including assessment, goal setting, evidence-based interventions and evaluation.

  36. Attendance Policy: ATTENDANCE POLICY

    Students are expected to be on time and prepared to participate when class begin as well as be present throughout the entire class meeting. Classroom exercises, discussions, role-plays, guest speakers and other in-class experiential exercises are essential for a student’s professional learning and continued development of self-awareness. This form of learning cannot be “made up” once missed. Accordingly, Attendance is required at all class meetings. Excused absences are limited to the following instances: documented illness, deaths in the immediate family, and other documented crises, military duty, jury duty, religious holidays (consistent with University policy, 10-045), court-imposed legal obligations other than jury duty, and special requirements of other courses (must be documented by the faculty member of record). A student is considered absent if he/she arrives more than 30 minutes late to class, leaves 30 minutes or more early, or does not come to class. Students are allowed to miss two classes (for classes that meet twice weekly; or one class for classes that meet only once per week) without penalty. After that 5% off of the total grade may be deducted for each missed class, at the faculty member’s discretion.

    Students who experience an unforeseen circumstance such as a serious medical problem which interferes with their attendance or course assignments should notify the instructor immediately. Students and instructors should familiarize themselves with the USF Incomplete policy

    Course Attendance at First Class Meeting – Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation – Registration - 4.0101,

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. It’s the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

  37. Policy on Make-up Work: ACADEMIC DISHONESTY POLICY

    Any form of cheating on examinations or plagiarism on assigned papers constitutes unacceptable deceit and dishonesty. Disruption of the classroom or teaching environment is also unacceptable. The University of South Florida has very specific policies and procedures regarding academic dishonesty or disruption of academic process. In the School of Social Work

    Procedures for Alleged Academic Dishonesty or Disruption:

    Student Academic Grievance Procedures -

  38. Program This Course Supports: MSW
  39. Course Concurrence Information: None

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