Core Module Information
Module title: Professional Practice

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

Module code: BMS10107
Module leader: Janis MacCallum
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Life Sciences

Research skills appropriate to science; critical thinking skills; ability to acquire and interrogate primary literature sources; communication skills

Description of module content:

This module will prepare you for undertaking your project work in the following trimester and additionally allow you to build on areas of your employability in preparation for presenting yourself to the professional world. Topics being covered will include; risk assessment and ethics; time management and project planning; scientific methodology and consideration of limiting factors; use of data in the workplace; critical writing and referencing; advanced communication skills; quality processes; interpersonal and interview skills; how a business is run; project management and consultancy; teaching as a destination; public engagement and outreach; policy and conservation. The blogposting assessment will encourage you to reflect upon your skills using a reflective communication approach and provide practise in self and peer assessment; this will also underpin the job application assessment, which will entail providing evidence of and articulation of skills and attributes for a chosen future profession.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Critical appraise qualitative and quantitative research methods, ethical process, quality, risk assessment, health and safety as they may pertain to professional practice.
LO2: Demonstrate evidence of skills competency through engagement with a number of skills workshops as they relate to your project and professional area.
LO3: Reflect upon prior learning.
LO4: Communicate learning and skills in a professional and targeted manner.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2023/4, Trimester 1, 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:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 18
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 15
Independent Learning Guided independent study 167
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Portfolio 50 1,3,4 11 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 1000
Oral Assessment 50 2,3 & 4 14/15 HOURS= 00.05
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
BMS10107 Professional Practice