Core Module Information
Module title: Professional Practice 1

SCQF level: 08:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: BMS08108
Module leader: Janis MacCallum
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: LIFE SCIENCES

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

Description of module content:

The aim of this?module?is to provide you with the skills to enable you to engage effectively with the MSc programme, and to develop the professional skills required to support future academic success and prepare you for the world of employment.?You will learn about the requirements of undertaking a programme of study at MSc level and how to engage with this effectively. A range of technologies including MS Teams, WebEX and Moodle will be used to support teaching and communication and enhance your digital literacy skills. To further enhance your digital confidence, you will be expected to use MS office tools to prepare assignments for submission and for analysis of data. Professional values will be taught across a range of subjects with reference to standards and codes of practice such as the academic regulations, code of ethics and academic conduct regulations. Scholarship skills including literature searching, use of referencing, and academic writing will be embedded throughout the module to develop your academic literacy. Key employability skills including time management and reflective practices will be closely linked to assessment preparations and encouraging engagement. A portfolio of evidence will be generated over the course of the module allowing you to evidence your acquisition of skills and the development of your practice.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Understand the requirements of studying at MSc level and the professional values expected of studying at this level.

LO2: Demonstrate the acquisition of academic literacy, digital literacy, and key employability skills.

LO3: Use the library resources to identify appropriate literature to incorporate into academic assignments.

LO4: Write in a professional and scientific manner to communicate your ideas effectively to your chosen audience.

LO5: Reflect on your professional practice and the skills you have learned on this module to drive your own professional and academic development.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 2, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Janis MacCallum
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
A mixture of face to face and independent learning will be employed on this module to support your learning. Face to face teaching will involve lectures and smaller group tutorial classes to cover key concepts. Smaller group sessions will allow discussion of key challenges and focus on deepening your understanding of key concepts and ideas. You will be expected to work independently using a range of resources provided online via Moodle to develop your knowledge and practice your skills development in preparation for assessment submissions. The skills learned and the materials used on this module will be directly relevant to the assessments in other modules on your course. There will be a single component of assessment comprised of a portfolio which will evidence the skills and knowledge learned across the module. The expectation is that small pieces will be submitted on a weekly basis to maintain engagement and allow you to monitor your progress. Feedback will be given from week 6 onwards. The portfolio will assess all learning outcomes and will be composed of 10 pieces ranging in size but gradually building to a final submission which brings together all the elements from the module (LO1-5). To ensure every learner is as active as possible, all classes will contain collaborative interactive exercises, and questions are encouraged within all face to face teaching and via Moodle.

Formative Assessment:
Formative feedback will be available on earlier elements of the portfolio to help improve your performance on the later elements. Drafts will be discussed in class and examples of good practice will be shared during teaching sessions to help you to understand the requirements of a well written submission (LO1). You will be actively encouraged to share areas of concern both in the classroom and online so that feedback and support is provided in a timely manner to ensure that you make progress on the module over the course of the semester (LO5).

Summative Assessment:
There will be a single component of assessment for this module, which will take the form of a portfolio comprising of 10 pieces of work to be submitted on a weekly basis over the course of the module (LOs 1-5). The final piece will be a larger piece of work that will pull together the skills you have built up over the course of the module. Feedback will be provided on the key submissions from week 6 to allow you to incorporate this feedback into the later submissions. The elements of the portfolio will comprise aspects similar to the following; Skills evaluation form (LO2), Reflective pieces on the challenges and successes around skills development, paraphrasing and referencing activities (LO5), evidence of oral and written communication skills and a final written piece of scientific work of around 800 words on a topic related to the discipline of study (LO4).

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 24
Face To Face Tutorial 12
Independent Learning Guided independent study 164
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Portfolio 100 1-5 14/15 , WORDS= 3000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

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