GWL457 - Gerontology Field Work

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Subject Title
Gerontology Field Work

Subject Description

Students are required to successfully complete 220 hours in a faculty approved field work site. The student?s learning is supported and evaluated throughout the placement by a team composed of the student, a designated staff person of the field agency, and the Seneca Field Liaison. This team develops a contract that guides the student?s learning during the placement and is within the scope of the MTCU Vocational Standards for the SSWG program.

Credit Status
One Credit

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the normal physical and psycho-social challenges that elderly people face; (cognitive/comprehension)
  2. Demonstrate proficiency of appropriate organizational and professional behaviors; (cognitive/comprehension, affective/ internalizing values)
  3. Demonstrate the ability to use resources effectively; (psychomotor/set)
  4. Demonstrate integration of the current and past semesters’ academic learning outcomes with  lanned interventions in the field site; (knowledge/synthesis, affective/ internalizing values, psychomotor/ origination)
  5. Demonstrate the ability to work in a inter-disciplinary team environment in an effective and harmonious way; (affective/internalizing values)
  6. Demonstrate the ability to use supervision in a productive and constructive manner; (knowledge/synthesis, affective/ internalizing values
  7. Demonstrate professional level oral and written skills; (psychomotor/complex overt response)
  8. Demonstrate behavior that reflects the Canadian Social Service Work practices and ethics;(cognitive/synthesis, affective/internalizing values, psychomotor/origination)
  9. Demonstrate level of proficiency to work in the field of social service work and geriatrics

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Execute mathematical operations accurately.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Academic Integrity
Seneca upholds a learning community that values academic integrity, honesty, fairness, trust, respect, responsibility and courage. These values enhance Seneca's commitment to deliver high-quality education and teaching excellence, while supporting a positive learning environment. Ensure that you are aware of Seneca's Academic Integrity Policy which can be found at: Review section 2 of the policy for details regarding approaches to supporting integrity. Section 2.3 and Appendix B of the policy describe various sanctions that can be applied, if there is suspected academic misconduct (e.g., contract cheating, cheating, falsification, impersonation or plagiarism).

Please visit the Academic Integrity website to understand and learn more about how to prepare and submit work so that it supports academic integrity, and to avoid academic misconduct.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.