Core Module Information
Module title: Professional practice 3: Work-based project

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 40.00
ECTS credit value: 20

Module code: CTR09400
Module leader: Kenneth Leitch
School School of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Built Environment

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

Description of module content:

Students are employed as Graduate Level Apprenticeships and undertake a wide range tasks during their employment in a Civil Engineering and/or Construction context. In consultation with their supervisor, usually their line manager, and the module leader, each student develops employment-related and personal objectives in the format of a Learning Contract. The work toward and achievement of these objectives is detailed in a personal/technical reflective log and the STARL format is used to produce a report detailing the achievements made towards the objectives.
The module will allow the students the opportunity to discuss and demonstrate their professional practice in the workplace. The learning outcomes assess the students’ knowledge and skills appropriate to their 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 the students the opportunity to discuss and demonstrate their professional practice in the workplace.
Students may reflect upon responsibilities such as:
• Identify user needs and develop requirements specifications
• Design Civil Engineering solutions according to requirements
• Implement / maintain Civil Engineering solutions according to requirements
• Test Civil Engineering systems
• Create appropriate Civil Engineering assets
• Assist in the implementation of an organisation’s project work flow
• Analyse the management and leadership skills and styles observed in the workplace
• Identify and analyse an area within the organisation where a more proactive or alternative approach to project management might bring business benefits
• Apply knowledge in supporting and training users / clients
• Apply knowledge in the production of user / system documentation
• Project management
• A task unique to the work placement to be agreed with the academic visiting tutor
Assessment consists of 3 written reports submitted electronically: Initial Report, Mid-Year Report and a Final Report and one reflective log. The Final Report reflects on the company, the student’s role and his / her achievement of the Learning Outcomes for the module.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Develop solutions by applying Civil Engineering skills and knowledge to practical problems in the workplace.
LO2: Demonstrate professional proficiency in team-working, decision-making, time management and communication skills in the workplace.
LO3: Conduct a programme of work over an extended period to a professional standard, exercising autonomy and initiative, including the associated planning, target-setting, record-keeping and reporting.
LO4: Critically appraise, reflect and report on personal, professional and technical achievements.

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: Kenneth Leitch
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The student is required to be employed as a Graduate Level Apprentice to complete this module. The students taking this module are primarily based in and around Edinburgh. The learning and teaching methods align to learning outcomes 1 to 5.
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 students 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.
Students will develop a reflective log which acts as the focus for discussion with their 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 Skype, 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 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 students 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 GA, 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, the initial report, 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 be assessed on your professional presentation and communication skills as well as the content of the report which will be limited to 2000 words .( LO2, LO5)
In assessment two, the mid term report, you will reflect upon your professional growth in the workplace and draw on examples from your reflective log. You will highlight areas of growth and improvement as well as those areas which require future development. Your report will be 2000 words in length. (LO1- LO5)
In assessment 3, the final report, you will reflect upon the learning and development over the course of this module as well as the previous Professional Practice modules undertaken at level 7 and 8 in order to demonstrate an understanding of the value of the Work Based Learning approach.

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 20 1-5 26 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Report 20 1-5 32 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Report 60 1-5 43 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 6000
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
Professional Practice 3. Work Based Learning