Module title: Independent Study (40 Credits)

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 40.00
ECTS credit value: 20

Module code: SES11105
Module leader: Russell Martindale
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Sport Exercise and Health Science
Prerequisites

There is no prerequisite for this module

2019/0, 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: Russell Martindale
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The independent learning module can take many forms. The work undertaken may include a period of work placement or working in a sports science support capacity. The work will take the form of a research project within any of the sports science disciplines. However the form in which this project is structured can be individually tailored to suit your professional development. You are expected to negotiate a set of personal learning outcomes and include these in a learning agreement indicating how they will be met (LO1). The learning agreement must be approved prior to you embarking upon its implementation. There will be support available throughout the module via regular timetabled lecture and tutorial sessions with your allotted member of academic staff. As the learning agreement is implemented you will compile a personal portfolio of the learning experiences which will include evidence of attainment as well as a reflective and critical analysis (LO2). Access to Moodle (at a time and place which suits you) will be provided that will support your development of the learning agreement in addition to supplementary resources which will facilitate learning. Examples of critical analysis / reflective tools will be provided through Moodle in addition to examples of what constitutes evidence which can be included in the portfolios. You will be supported in this process of developing and implementing the learning agreement by an academic supervisor who will have knowledge and expertise in the area of study.

Formative Assessment:
There will be an opportunity for formative assessment throughout the module as you will be encouraged to submit drafts of the learning agreement within timetabled tutorial sessions with your module tutors.

Students have individual tutorials ahead of the preparation of the learning outcome to ensure that the project is practical and clearly focussed.

Feedback is given following submission of the learning agreement and any amendments are made at this point.

Students book one to one tutorials with their project supervisor, face to face, via skype or on-line to provide monitoring of progress and review key decisions.


Summative Assessment:
The assessment is comprised of two parts:
(1) Two oral presentations. You will be required to give an oral presentation [15 mins] to outline the area to be studied and its efficacy in relation to your own professional development, and with respect to the devised Learning Outcomes (LO1) [week 4]. A final [15 mins] oral presentation will provide you with further opportunity to critically reflect on the independent study undertaken, this will be due in week 27.

Your personal learning outcomes will form the basis for the planned learning, which will be documented in a portfolio of evidence and attainment.
(2) Submission of a portfolio (Maximum 8000 words), in week 28. The portfolio should contain critical and reflective analysis and evidence application of theory to practice (LO2).


Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 6
Face To Face Tutorial 4
Independent Learning Guided independent study 390
Total Study Hours400
Expected Total Study Hours for Module400


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Oral Presentation 10 1 4 HOURS= 0.15, WORDS= 0
Oral Presentation 10 2 27 HOURS= 0.15, WORDS= 0
Portfolio 80 2 28 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 8000
Component 1 subtotal: 20
Component 2 subtotal: 80
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

The module promotes reflection and critical thinking in relation to your own learning in line with your personal, professional and/or academic interests and needs. The content includes a learning agreement: exploration of the concept of reflection, a variety of different frameworks and models; activities to facilitate a deeper understanding of the processes involved in thinking more critically. With your academic tutor you will be required to negotiate a learning agreement equivalent to 400 hours of study.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Construct an Independent Learning Agreement commensurate with SCQF Level 11
LO2: Demonstrate critical thinking and reflection in relation to academic, intellectual, personal and professional needs

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:

Core - BROWNE, KEELEY (2007) ASKING THE RIGHT QUESTIONS: A GUIDE TO CRITICAL THINKING: PEARSON PRENTICE-HALL, 1st ed.
Core - JASPER (2006) PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT, REFLECTION AND DECISION MAKING: BLACKWELL PUBLISHING, 1st ed.
Core - JOHNS (2006) ENGAGING RELFECTION IN PRACTICE: A NARRATIVE APPROACH: BLACKWELL, 1st ed.
Core - METCALFE (2006) READING CRITICALLY AT UNIVERSITY: SAGE, 1st ed.
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