Core Module Information
Module title: Professional Practice 3

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 40.00
ECTS credit value: 20

Module code: TBS09102
Module leader: Michael Fascia
School The Business School
Subject area group: Generic - Business School

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

Description of module content:

You are employed as a Graduate Level Apprentice and undertake a wide range tasks during your employment. In consultation with your supervisor or mentor, or usually your line manager, and the module leader, you will develop employment-related and personal objectives in the format of a Learning Contract. The work toward and achievement of these objectives is detailed in a personal/technical reflective log and the STARL format is used to produce a report detailing your achievements made towards the objectives.
The module will allow you the opportunity to discuss and demonstrate your professional practice in the workplace. The learning outcomes assess your knowledge and skills appropriate to your work-place with an emphasis on the development of business, and soft skills. This module is designed to develop critical reflective practice, skills and attitudes, and act as a focus for your continuous professional development.
The module will allow you the opportunity to discuss and demonstrate your professional practice in the workplace.
You may reflect upon responsibilities such as:
• Assist in the implementation of your organisation’s digital / social media output
• Analyse the management and leadership skills and styles observed in your workplace
• Identify and analyse an area within the organisation where a more proactive or alternative approach to 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 and one reflective log.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to

LO1: Develop solutions by applying an understanding of business and management theory, skills and knowledge to practical problems in the workplace.
LO2: Demonstrate professional proficiency in team-working, decision-making, time management, and communication skills in the workplace.
LO3: Conduct a programme of work over an extended period to a professional standard, exercising autonomy and initiative, including the associated planning, target-setting, record-keeping and reporting.
LO4: Critically appraise, reflect and report on personal, professional and technical achievements.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, Placement Learn, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Placement Learn
Location of delivery: CRAIGLOCKHAR
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Michael Fascia
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The module is designed around online and student-centred learning in practice with an emphasis on building a learning community. The module is introduced by an induction workshop which introduces you to the online resources and explains the assessment process. The module builds on your experience during the Professional Practice 1 and 2 modules and enhances your research and report writing skills. These skills are covered during the induction sessions for this module. You will develop a learning contract in discussion with your line manager and programme leader. The tripartite nature of this agreement is important to ensure that it not only meets your requirements and academic assessment but also your 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 Skype, could also be used. The learning contract will define the nature of the deliverable and also outline the way in which the work will be evaluated. You will develop a reflective log which acts as the focus for discussion with your line manager and academic tutor. During this module there will be three mentoring visits to the organisation 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. 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 your capabilities. Work-based learning takes place throughout the GA, from interaction with colleagues and the teaching team, from reflection, from maintaining a reflective log and collecting evidence.

Workplace mentors will also provide formative feedback during the three face-to-face meetings.

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment is conducted in the form of 3 written reports submitted electronically: Initial Report, Mid-Module Report, a Final Report and a reflective log.

In assessment one, the Initial Report, you will set your objectives, both professional and personal for your work-based project. These will be agreed with your line manager and module leader and be the basis for your learning contract. They should be achievable and fit with the objectives and goals of your work team as well as the learning outcomes of this module. These objectives will be appropriate to the programme of study. Your report will be 1000 words in length. (LO2, LO4)

In assessment two, the Mid-Session 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 and those areas that you are still to work towards. Your report will be 1500 words in length. (LO1, LO2, LO3)

In assessment three, the Final Report, you will use the STARL format to critically appraise, reflect and report on personal, professional and technical achievements. Your report will be 2000 words in length. (LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4)

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Tutorial 12
Online On-demand Webinar 8
Independent Learning Guided independent study 200
Total Study Hours400
Expected Total Study Hours for Module400

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 15 2,4 3 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1000
Report 25 1,2,3 21 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1500
Report 60 1,2,3,4 43 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
TBS09102: Professional Practice