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2021/22 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

PSOB5210M Work Discussion

25 creditsClass Size: 25

Module manager: Michelle Littlewood

Taught: 1 Sep to 31 Aug (24mth) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

Pre-requisite qualifications

A student is required to have obtained a professional or academic qualification/s to diploma or degree level; e.g. in social work, teaching, nursing, psychology, psychiatry. At interview the student's ability to work at postgraduate level will be discussed.


PSOB5110MInfant Observation

Module replaces

PSIA5210M Work Discussion

This module is not approved as an Elective


On completion of this module, students should be able to:
- describe and analyse, in the context of their work setting, their therapeutic work with children, adolescents and/or families;
- monitor and provide detailed accounts of their own reactions to these observations; integrate their observations with the relevant literature on inter-personal process and institutional dynamics.

Learning outcomes
On completion of the module students should be able to:
1. exhibit competence in thinking about their professional work and reactions from a psychoanalytic perspective
2. demonstrate an advanced ability to generalise reflections of work experience to the work situations
3. link theoretical knowledge in psychoanalytic theory and child development to their work setting.

Skills outcomes
This practice based module will enable students to develop detailed, meticulous and sequential observational skills applying psychoanalytic perspectives which can be applied in a range of profession settings with children, young people and families (eg social care, education, health and independent/voluntary sectors).

Students should develop skills in accurate and detailed recording of observations and be able to maintain a boundaried observational stance.


Students are required to observe weekly for one hour over a period of two years, babies growing up in their families from birth onwards.

Learning centres on the emotional, intellectual and physical growth of the infants and their interactions within the family, and on the feelings of the observers and their reflections during and after the observations.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours129.00
Total Contact hours121.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)250.00

Private study

Students are expected to read literature provided in the reading list for this module and to seek out specific texts relating to particular themes and dynamics that are developing in their professional work over the course of the two years.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Student progress is monitored through seminar leaders evaluating student participation and quality of understanding demonstrated in student’s contribution during weekly small group (5 students) seminars.
- Progress is also monitored by a formative work discussion portfolio at the end of the 1st year of this 2 year module.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay5,000 word essay100.00
Portfolio4,500 words0.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/06/2021 16:22:54


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