Core Module Information
Module title: Professional practice 1: Work-based Project

SCQF level: 07:
SCQF credit value: 40.00
ECTS credit value: 20

Module code: CTR07400
Module leader: Juan Bernal-Sanchez
School School of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Built Environment


Description of module content:

You are employed as Graduate Level Apprenticeships and you undertake a wide range of tasks during your employment in a Civil Engineering and/or Construction context.
You will learn about key communication methods within organisations and develop the fundamental skills needed to deliver effective presentations and reports within a workplace. You will develop your ability to manage your own time and to understand the basic principles of project management i.e. planning, target setting, record keeping and reporting. You will also learn the skills necessary to keep a log/journal of your workplace activities and the methods of reflection which will help you to develop.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Apply computing and information systems skills and knowledge to practical problems in the workplace.
LO2: Apply team-working, decision-making, time management and communication skills in the workplace.
LO3: Conduct a programme of work over an extended period, including the associated planning, target- setting, record-keeping and reporting.
LO4: Reflect and report on personal, professional and technical achievements in the workplace.
LO5: Demonstrate an understanding of the past and current context of professional practice in Civil Engineering

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: Juan Bernal-Sanchez
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Your are required to be employed as a Graduate Level Apprentice to complete this module. The module is designed around online and student-centred learning in practice with an emphasis on developing a learning community where students can learn and develop together in informal networks in which mutual respect and trust prevails. The module is introduced by an induction workshop which introduces you to the module, online resources and the assessment process. During the induction session presentation and communication skills are covered and practiced with formative feedback given. You will develop a reflective log which acts as the focus for discussion with your line manager and academic tutor. The tripartite nature of this agreement is important to ensure that the work based activities not only meet the requirements of the students and academic assessment but also the employer benefits through improved staff skills and resources. This will normally be achieved by a face-to-face meeting between all three parties but other means of communication, such as Virtual Learning Environment, could also be used. During this module there will be two mentoring visits to the company by the academic tutor, to monitor progress and provide feedback. Support will be also given through online discussion groups. (LOs 1-5)

Formative Assessment:
Tutorial/practical sessions are used to provide formative feedback for students on the module. You will be given formative feedback on your reflective log during your 3 visits. Formative feedback will be given on the student’s reflective log during weeks 4 to 6. During these sessions, module tutors assess and evaluate student performance on tasks relevant to the summative assessment, providing timely feedback which supports the development of students’ capabilities. Work-based learning takes place throughout the GLA, from interaction with colleagues and the teaching team, from reflection, from maintaining a reflective and collecting evidence. Workplace mentors will also provide formative feedback during the two face-to-face meetings.

Summative Assessment:
In assessment one, a series of sub-components will be completed. Firstly, you will demonstrate you knowledge regarding your own skills and capabilities and your current role in your organization. As a second sub-component, you will complete a professional practice review to have a proper understanding of the past and current professional practice in Civil Engineering. As a third sub-component, you will prepare and present your role and your current responsibilities to the rest of the members of the group to practice communication and presentational skills. You will be assessed via an interim report, the development of which will provide the basis for formative feedback as a means to ensure that learning outcomes are being met.
In assessment two, you will have to undertake an investigation in line with your current role and the projects you are involved with in your organisation and discuss finding as part of a report. Then, you will also critically review the task undertaken with a view to highlighting learning acquired throughout the process. In the process, you will have to evidence development of key attributes within the context of professional practice in Civil Engineering. You report will be 5000 words in length. (LOs 1-5)

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Tutorial 12
Online On-demand Webinar 8
Other Work based learning 180
Independent Learning Guided independent study 200
Total Study Hours400
Expected Total Study Hours for Module400

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 30 2,4,5 38 , WORDS= 2000
Report 70 1-5 48 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 5000
Component 1 subtotal: 30
Component 2 subtotal: 70
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
Professional Practice 1. Work Based Learning