Module title: Work Based Learning

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 60.00
ECTS credit value: 30

Module code: SOC09105
Module leader: Andrea Scott
School School of Computing
Subject area group: Creative and Social Informatics


2019/0, Trimester 1, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 002
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Andrea Scott
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & Teaching methods including their alignment to LOs
A minimum of 48 weeks’ employment (including up to 4 weeks’ holiday) is required to complete this module. The students taking this module are primarily based in and around Edinburgh, but a significant number is placed in other parts of the UK, with a few overseas.
Guidance is provided for students in a pre-placement briefing session (1 hour), during workplace visits by the Academic Tutor (at least 2, 1-hour visits) and online via Moodle. Work-based learning takes place throughout the placement (LO1) and this is supported through interaction with colleagues and the supervisor (LO2), maintaining a logbook and collecting evidence during the programme of work (LO3, ~6 hours per week) and critical reflection of the experience (LO4, LO5).

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment is provided by a visiting academic tutor and in progress feedback from a workplace supervisor during the placement (usually the line manager). Constructive feedback is provided (but not graded) in the following areas: communication, teamwork, time management, quality of work, productivity, and initiative.

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment is conducted on the basis of 3 written reports: initial report, mid-year report and a final reflective report.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Other Work based learning 300
Independent Learning Guided independent study 300
Total Study Hours600
Expected Total Study Hours for Module600

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 10 1-4 4 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1500
Report 30 1-5 15 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1750
Report 60 1-5 41 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 5700
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Students spend at least 48 weeks in employment in a computing or information systems context. Duties are disparate but include 4 of the tasks listed below. In consultation with an academic visiting tutor and a workplace supervisor (usually the line manager), each student follows a Learning Contract that provides employment-related and personal objectives.

- Install / configure hardware or software systems
- Use standard software packages
- Identify user needs and develop requirements specifications
- Design computing solutions according to requirements
- Implement / maintain computing solutions according to requirements
- Test software or hardware systems
- Create appropriate digital media assets
- Assist in the implementation of an organisation’s digital / social media output
- 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 information management might bring business benefits
- Apply knowledge in supporting and training users / customers
- 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. 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: Critically appraise, reflect and report on personal, professional and technical achievements.
LO5: Demonstrate principles and practice of professional and ethical behavior in the workplace.

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