Core Module Information
Module title: Professional practice 2: Work-based project

SCQF level: 08:
SCQF credit value: 40.00
ECTS credit value: 20

Module code: CTR08400
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 Apprenticeships and you undertake a wide range of tasks during your employment in context relevant to their role. You will develop a deeper understanding of their own personal and professional development and how this can be of benefit to their organisation. You will produce an interim report and give a poster presentation. You will peer assess each other’s presentations to provide constructive and meaningful feedback allowing reflection on your own communication and professional practices. You will be expected to keep a reflective log of your work to aid the production of the two reports which apply learning from the course in your workplace, reflecting on its application and evaluating results. Formative feedback will be given on the reflective log during weeks 4 to 6. The interim and final report will outline employment-related and personal objectives. The module will allow you the opportunity to discuss and demonstrate your professional practice in the workplace. The learning outcomes assess your knowledge and skills appropriate to your work-place with an emphasis on the development of business, technology and soft skills. This module is designed to develop critical reflective practice, skills and attitudes, and act as a focus for their continuous professional development.
The module will allow you the opportunity to discuss and demonstrate their professional practice in the workplace. You may reflect upon responsibilities such as:
• Demonstrating an understanding of organisational functions, processes and structures
• Analyse the needs of internal/external stakeholders
• Communicate effectively within a range of organisational contexts
• Plan and implement work goals, objectives and priorities and responsibilities with others.
• Demonstrate self-confidence and initiative in a range of organisational situations
• Evaluate how academic study interacts with and influences the workplace
• Appraise/ implement new Civil Engineering materials/practices
• Use/appraise/implement new software packages or processes related to Civil Engineering
• Identify user needs and develop requirements specifications
• Apply knowledge in the production of user / system documentation
• Project management
Assessment consists of an interim report, poster presentation and a final written report submitted electronically. The interim report and presentation will outline the organisations performance, market place and recommendations for future opportunities. The Final Report reflects on your organisation, your role and your achievement of the Learning Outcomes for the module.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Demonstrate a knowledge of and apply Civil Engineering skills to practical problems in the workplace.
LO2: Identify and apply appropriate skills to support 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: Critically appraise, reflect and report on personal, professional and technical achievements taking
into consideration ethical and professional issues.
LO5: Demonstrate and critically reflect upon organisational performance, market place and opportunities.
LO6: Demonstrate an understanding of current Health and Safety practices associated with Civil Engineering projects.

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:
You are required to be employed as a Graduate Level Apprentice to complete this module. You are primarily based in and around Edinburgh. The learning and teaching methods align to learning outcomes 1 to 6. The module is designed around online and student-centred learning in practice with an emphasis on developing a learning community where you 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 your requirements 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 any form of 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.

Formative Assessment:
Tutorial/practical sessions are used to provide formative feedback for you on the module. You will be given formative feedback on your reflective log during your 3 visits. Formative feedback will be given on your reflective log during weeks 4 to 6. During these sessions, module tutors assess and evaluate your performance on tasks relevant to the summative assessment, providing timely feedback which supports the development of your 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. You will demonstrate your knowledge of your workplace by providing an overview of your organisation and your role in it, detailing the organisation structure and marketplace. You will also complete a risk assessment exercise to any of your previous or current projects to demonstrate an understanding of health and safety in the professional context in Civil Engineering. You will also have to decide a topic for the assessment two report. 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, the report, 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 4500 words in length. You will also complete an academic poster reflecting on the main aspects of your investigation which you will need to present in front of an audience.

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

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 30 4,5,6 38 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 1500
Report 70 1-5 48 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 4500
Component 1 subtotal: 30
Component 2 subtotal: 70
Module subtotal: 100

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