Module title: Independent Study (20 credits)

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: SES11106
Module leader: Susan Brown
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Sport Exercise and Health Science

There is no prerequisite for this module

2019/0, Trimester 2, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 002
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Susan Brown
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 clinical exercise science support capacity. The work will take the form of a research project within any clinical exercise and health 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 sessions with your allotted member of academic staff. As the learning agreement is implemented you will compile a personal portfolio (LO3) of your learning, 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 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 your portfolios. You will be supported in this process of developing and implementing your 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, presentation and portfolio within timetabled tutorial sessions with your module tutors. Feedback will be provided on all submissions.

Summative Assessment:
The summative assessment is comprised of two parts: Oral presentation of your independent learning agreement and learning outcomes (20%) and submission of a Portfolio (Maximum 4000 words) (80%). Your personal learning outcomes and learning agreement (LO1) will form the basis for your 15 minute oral presentation, which will outline the area to be studied and its relevance in relation to your own professional development, with respect to the devised Learning Outcomes. The Portfolio should contain critical and reflective analysis and evidence application of theory to practice (LO2 & 3).

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Tutorial 10
Independent Learning Guided independent study 190
Independent Learning Work based learning 194
Total Study Hours394
Expected Total Study Hours for Module394

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Oral Presentation 20 1 4 HOURS= 0.15, WORDS= 0
Portfolio 80 2,3 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 4000
Component 1 subtotal: 20
Component 2 subtotal: 80
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

The independent study module is a personalised study package tailored to suit your individual learning requirements. The syllabus entails a flexible approach to learning comprising of a negotiated programme of study designed by you in conjunction with a member of academic staff. The module takes place over the course of a single trimester. The flexible approach to learning enables a ‘made to measure’ course which will engage you in areas of academic interest that encourage you to reflect on your professional knowledge and the practical application of underpinning/relevant theory with the aim of developing the knowledge, skills and attitudes which promote professional development

You cannot undertake both Independent study modules (20 credits/40 credits).

The content can include 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 200 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
LO3 Present a portfolio of learning activity reflecting upon learning experiences related to the independent study topic.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
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