Module title: Advanced Professional Practice

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 60.00
ECTS credit value: 30

Module code: SOC11807
Module leader: Alistair Lawson
School School of Computing
Subject area group: Creative and Social Informatics
Prerequisites

n/a

2017/8, Trimester 3, Online,
Occurrence: 002
Primary mode of delivery: Online
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner:
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Alistair Lawson
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The module is designed around online and student-centred learning in practice. The emphasis is on developing a learning community where students and staff learn together in informal networks in which mutual respect and trust prevails.
Students will develop a learning agreement in discussion with their line manager and a mentor. 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. This will normally achieved by a face-to-face meeting between all three parties but other means of communication, such as Elluminate, could also be used (LOs 1, 2 and 3). The learning agreement will define the nature of the deliverable and also outline the way in which the work will be evaluated.
During the year there will be three mentoring visits to the company by experienced practitioners, to set up the learning agreement, monitor progress and provide feedback. Support will be also given through online discussion groups.
Students will also submit a journal reflecting on their learning experience during the year (LO 4).

Formative Assessment:
The module has a formative and two summative assessments the format of which will match their business context and be agreed in their learning agreement.
Formative Assessment - The student will present their learning agreement (500 words) by week 6 of the module and this will be agreed by a panel made up from members of the module team (LO 1).
Module Descriptor
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Summative Assessment The learning agreement informs the deliverable which will be submitted in week 40 of the module. The deliverable will have a maximum word limit of 4,000 words of academic work, including the learning agreement but could be less depending on the nature of the deliverable (LOs 2 and 3).
Students will also submit a reflective journal appropriate to their business context (LO 4).

Summative Assessment:
see above

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face External visits 6
Face To Face Tutorial 6
Online Guided independent study 88
Independent Learning Guided independent study 500
Total Study Hours600
Expected Total Study Hours for Module600


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 70 1-3 43 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 5000
Reflective Log 30 4 43 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 5000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100
2018/9, Trimester 1, Online,
Occurrence: 003
Primary mode of delivery: Online
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner:
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Alistair Lawson
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & Teaching methods including their alignment to LOs

The module is designed around online and student-centred learning in practice. The emphasis is on developing a learning community where students and staff learn together in informal networks in which mutual respect and trust prevails.

Students will develop a learning agreement in discussion with their line manager and an academic tutor. 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. This will normally achieved by a face-to-face meeting between all three parties (student, employer and academic tutor) but other means of communication, such as Elluminate, could also be used (LOs 1, 2 and 3). The learning agreement will define the nature of the deliverable and also outline the way in which the work will be evaluated.

During the year there will be three mentoring visits to the company by experienced practitioners, to set up the learning agreement, monitor progress and provide feedback. Support will be also given through online discussion groups.

Students will also submit a journal reflecting on their learning experience during the year (LO 4, 5).



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) to develop the learning agreement and support the student towards the summative assessment.

Summative Assessment:
The summative assessment is a report and reflective log of the achievement of the learning objectives and the learning contract.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face External visits 6
Face To Face Tutorial 6
Online Guided independent study 88
Independent Learning Guided independent study 500
Total Study Hours600
Expected Total Study Hours for Module600


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 70 1-3 43 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 5000
Reflective Log 30 4,5 43 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 5000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100
2018/9, Trimester 2, Online,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Online
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner:
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Alistair Lawson
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & Teaching methods including their alignment to LOs

The module is designed around online and student-centred learning in practice. The emphasis is on developing a learning community where students and staff learn together in informal networks in which mutual respect and trust prevails.

Students will develop a learning agreement in discussion with their line manager and an academic tutor. 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. This will normally achieved by a face-to-face meeting between all three parties (student, employer and academic tutor) but other means of communication, such as Elluminate, could also be used (LOs 1, 2 and 3). The learning agreement will define the nature of the deliverable and also outline the way in which the work will be evaluated.

During the year there will be three mentoring visits to the company by experienced practitioners, to set up the learning agreement, monitor progress and provide feedback. Support will be also given through online discussion groups.

Students will also submit a journal reflecting on their learning experience during the year (LO 4, 5).


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) to develop the learning agreement and support the student towards the summative assessment.



Summative Assessment:
The summative assessment is a report and reflective log of the achievement of the learning objectives and the learning contract.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face External visits 6
Face To Face Tutorial 6
Online Guided independent study 88
Independent Learning Guided independent study 500
Total Study Hours600
Expected Total Study Hours for Module600


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 70 1-3 43 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 5000
Reflective Log 30 4,5 43 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 5000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Reflective practice – using different models and frameworks to maximise both personal and team performance
Career development through mentoring and subject specific skills development

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Formulate a learning agreement which applies to a live workplace issue at the appropriate level
LO2: Critically evaluate the theories and concepts of the area of study, and show evidence of understanding of the relationship of these concepts to workplace practices
LO3: Apply subject specialist skills to manage and evaluate a major piece of work
LO4: Critically reflect on learning using an appropriate model of reflective practice
LO5: Demonstrate principles and practice of professional and ethical behaviour in the workplace.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:

Core - BOLTON, G. E. J. (2010) REFLECTIVE PRACTICE: WRITING AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD, 3rd ed.
Core - SCHON, D. A. AND ARGYRIS, C. (1991) THE REFLECTIVE PRACTITIONER: HOW PROFESSIONALS THINK IN ACTION: ASHGATE, 1st ed.
Core - MOON, J (2000) REFLECTION IN LEARNING AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: THEORY AND PRACTICE.: ROUTLEDGE, 1st ed.
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