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

SCQF level: 07:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: SOC07401
Module leader: Karen Darragh
School School of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Applied Informatics


Description of module content:

Students are employed as Graduate Level Apprenticeships and undertake a wide range tasks during their employment in a software development or information systems 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.

During this module you will develop key communication skills and keep a reflective log of your work to aid the production of a report which applies learning from the course in their workplace, reflecting on its application and evaluating results. This report will outline employment-related and personal objectives.

The module will allow the students the opportunity to discuss and demonstrate their professional practice in the workplace. Building upon the knowledge learnt in the graduate level apprentice workplace and previous university modules. This module integrates the students learning from the workplace and university. 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.

Students 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
• Install/configure hardware or software systems
• Use standard software packages
• Identify user needs and develop requirements specifications
• Apply knowledge in the production of user / system documentation
• Project management

Assessment consists of a presentation and a final written report submitted electronically. 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: 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 organisational functions, processes and structures

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: Karen Darragh
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 4.

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. 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 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:
Summative assessment is conducted in the form of a presentation in Week 4 and the final report in Week 13.

In assessment one, the presentation, 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 presentation. Your presentation will be between 6 to 8 minutes in length.(LO1, LO2, LO5)

In assessment two, the 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. (LO3, LO4, LO5)

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Tutorial 6
Online On-demand Webinar 4
Other Work based learning 90
Independent Learning Guided independent study 100
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Oral Presentation 30 1,2,5 4 HOURS= 0.10, WORDS= 0
Report 70 3,4,5 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Component 1 subtotal: 30
Component 2 subtotal: 70
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
SOC07401 - Professional Practice 1: Work-based Project