Core Module Information
Module title: Synoptic Project

SCQF level: 10:
SCQF credit value: 40.00
ECTS credit value: 20

Module code: SOC10701
Module leader: Matthew Broadbent
School School of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Computer Science


Description of module content:

Apprentices will produce a synoptic report based on three substantial examples of work undertaken in their third year. These examples might refer to major projects that the apprentice has been involved in or responsible for. Alternatively, they might be related to different roles the apprentice has occupied. Other options may be discussed with the Module Leader.
The purpose of the report is to integrate the learning from the selected activity into a coherent whole. To this end, the report must include a literature review of relevant current theory and practice, and must include a chapter of critical analysis and reflection.
The starting point for the work is the selection of the three examples. The report should identify unifying themes which provide focus for later analysis and reflective discussion. On the other hand, an element of contrast among the examples would allow for a deeper and more wide-ranging treatment. Finding the right balance is the focus of the first part of the module.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Summarise significant theoretical concepts related to your workplace activity with reference to current academic and professional literature
LO2: Articulate your contribution to the management of substantial real-world activity in the workplace including planning, documentation and control
LO3: Demonstrate professional competence in the application of the core and specialist knowledge and skills to meet the outcomes of an honours level Apprentice.
LO4: Show a capacity for reflective analysis by analysing the strengths and weaknesses of the processes and outcomes of the activity undertaken with reference to their defined objectives and to the work of others, and by evaluating your own skills and personal development
LO5: Provide evidence of the foregoing in the form of a report which conforms to appropriate standards of presentation and format

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 2, Blended,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Blended
Location of delivery: UK PARTNER
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Matthew Broadbent
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The project should be part of your normal day to day work and not be done in addition to your workload (LO1,2). However there are some elements such as the writing of the report, particularly in its reflective aspects that may be undertaken outside of normal work (LO3,4). This should be agreed between apprentice, employer and university such that apprentices are not disadvantaged in any way from performing their job and meeting the requirements of the project.

For the design of the project, an agreement is made between apprentice, employer and university on what systems, tools and platforms will be required to complete the task and how these will be made available. The specification and terms of reference are agreed alongside clear project assessment criteria including terms of reference, approach to the problem, the design of the solution, the implementation of the solution, the final report and presentation etc.

The student will be allocated a workplace supervisor who is responsible for managing the project from the employer perspective. They will also be allocated a university project tutor who will oversee and provide support to the apprentice. They will have project meetings on a weekly basis. They will present their work to a panel highlighting the work undertaken, self-appraisal and its relationship to their organisation and other’s work (LO5)

Formative Assessment:
For each project the apprentice will first work out what is required and present terms of reference and an initial plan for agreement across employer, apprentice and university. (LO1)

Summative Assessment:
The assessment of the synoptic project should include the employer’s assessment against the common criteria for the project. Every project assessment is required to incorporate employer contribution in addition to normal university project assessment.
The module is assessed by a dissertation (LO1-4) and presentation (LO1, 2,3,5)

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Other Work based learning 384
Face To Face Project Supervision 15
Face To Face Demonstration 1
Total Study Hours400
Expected Total Study Hours for Module400

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Dissertation 80 1-4 1 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 10000
Oral Assessment 20 1-3, 5 1 HOURS= 1, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
SOC10701: Synoptic Project