Core Module Information
Module title: Professional Placement

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

Module code: SOC11110
Module leader: Emilia Sobolewska
School School of Computing
Subject area group: Applied Informatics


Description of module content:

The module provides an opportunity to undertake work or research training in real world settings.

You will undertake a minimum of 180 hours placement within an appropriate organisation, where you will have the opportunity to apply your skills in order to reinforce the organisation’s existing practices.
This will allow you to implement your theoretical knowledge and gain valuable professional experiences as you collaborate with an enterprise, attempt to start own business, or undertake research projects.

You will negotiate, with your line manager, mentor, or a research supervisor, a learning agreement, which will identify relevant objectives. These, once agreed, will form the basis of a written piece of work, which will be based on a live placement issues.

This module is designed to develop critical reflective practice, specialist skills, and act as a focus for your continuous professional development.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Evaluate the theories and concepts of the area of study, and show evidence of understanding of the relationship of these concepts to placement practices
LO2: Conduct a programme of work over an extended period, including the associated planning, target-setting, record-keeping and reporting.
LO3: Evaluate team-working, decision-making, time management and communication skills in the workplace.
LO4: Critically appraise, reflect and report on personal, professional and technical achievements.
LO5: Demonstrate and evaluate the application of principles and practice of professional and ethical behaviour in the workplace.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, BLENDED, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: BLENDED
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Emilia Sobolewska
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The student is required to be following the MSc Computing with professional placement to study this module.

The teaching takes the form of a supervision and these supervision meetings, or online supervisions if appropriate.

The aim of the module is to give students the experience of professional practice. Students will develop a learning agreement in discussion with their line manager, a mentor or research supervisor (LO1, LO2). The tripartite nature of this agreement is important to ensure that it not only meets the requirements of the students and academic assessment but also the employer benefits through improved organisational performance.

Students have regular supervision sessions (LO3) either on-campus with their academic supervisor or off-campus at their workplace using appropriate channels; this will be either via telephone, video conferencing or in person, based upon the student’s proximity to the school. Additional support will be provided as needed on an individual basis, this can take the form of visits, additional supervision sessions, or directed study. The module will involve a considerable amount of self-study as students will be required to extend their knowledge through research into current innovative practice (all LOs).

Formative Assessment:
Before placement commences, students will be given the opportunity to take part in workshops and practical classes preparing them for the work in relevant professional environment. Feedback will be provided.

Formative assessment is provided in the form of feedback by the academic tutor and in progress feedback from a workplace supervisor during the placement (usually the line manager).

Formative assessment is in form of an interview, if appropriate in conjunction with the workplace mentor, in order to establish how the student is contributing to the established professional domain (LO1).

Summative Assessment:
The student will present their learning agreement (500 words) by week 2 of the module and this will be agreed by a panel made up from members of the module team (LO1,LO2).

The learning agreement informs the deliverable which will be submitted after the module is completed. The reflective report will have a maximum word limit of 3,000 words of academic work, including the learning agreement, but could be less depending on the nature of the deliverable (all LOs).

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Other Work based learning 100
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
Learning Log 15 1, 2 1 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 500
Placement (Report) 85 1,2,3,4,5 14/15 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 3000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

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