Core Module Information
Module title: Work Based Learning

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 120.00
ECTS credit value: 60

Module code: BSV09119
Module leader: Mike Thomson
School School of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Built Environment


Description of module content:

You will fulfil a minimum of 30 weeks satisfactory employment with a Programme-related organisation. During your time with the organisation you will complete an analytical appraisal of a number of aspects of the organisation’s core business strengths and will complete a portfolio addressing the learning outcomes divided into job-related, personal and programme-related outcomes. The assessment criteria will be based upon a set of generic outcomes but modified by you to suit your particular workplace context.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Gain work experience relevant to the student’s programme of study;
LO2: Relate programme-based learning to the work environment;
LO3: Evaluate the situated learning experience, drawing upon a reflective diary to evidence work-based skills
LO4: Analyse and evaluate the work-based practices of employer organisations
LO5: Carry out a strategic appraisal of the innovation underpinning the situated learning experience organisations offer employees and enterprise supporting the work placement .
LO6: Develop the analytical and evaluative skills needed to conduct such a reflective and critically insightful evaluation of the work placement

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Mike Thomson
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The main learning process is through placements whereby you will undertake a minimum of 30 weeks paid employment and derive learning from your experience and observation. Briefing sessions will be provided in your second year before you undertake your placement which will advise you of the work-based learning process and help with your CVs and interview skills via the Placement Office. You will attend two student recall days on Campus, one in January and the other at Easter-time to ensure that you are achieving the Learning Outcomes and to prepare you for completing the final report. The main focus of these events will be to encourage you to adopt a reflective/analytical approach to your learning and to share experiences with others in the same situation.
It is important for the placement to offer a learning experience that links theory and practice in an environment which connects the skills acquired at University with the workplace. The application of these skills shall be evidenced by means of a learning plan and reflective diary designed to capture the workplace learning and experience the environment offers.

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment is provided in the early stages of your placement by producing your draft learning plan (Week 3). This represents your first attempt as to how you expect to fulfil the learning outcomes which are required in your learning portfolio. The draft learning plan will be discussed with your programme leader/tutor and provides a basis for your learning during the course of your placement. The draft learning plan will account for 10% of the marks of the overall module and will comprise approximately 1,000 words. (LOs 1&2).

Summative Assessment:
You will keep an online diary during your time in the work placement which will be used to compile a portfolio of work tasks undertaken (approx. 5,000 words) (LOs 3&4) and ultimately a final report summarising the experience you have gained in line with the learning outcomes, allowing you to reflect on the practices you have encountered and to evaluate the information you have gathered from your time in the workplace. (Approx. 4,000 words). (LOs 5&6).

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Tutorial 8
Face To Face Lecture 6
Other PLACEMENT 1186
Total Study Hours1200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module1200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 10 2 6 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 1000
Portfolio 50 1,4,6 25 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 5000
Report 40 3,4,5 30 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 4000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
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