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SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 40.00
ECTS credit value: 20

Module code: TSM11126
Module leader: Domhnall Melly
School The Business School
Subject area group: Tourism and Languages

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

Description of module content:

This module will cover the following:
• Applied research approaches within hospitality/tourism/event management, and assessment of scope and limitation
• Information searches (Edinburgh Napier Library)
• Inquiry based learning / critical enquiry
• Formulation of a feasible and valid work-related project design, including ethical, sampling and reliability evaluation
• Consultancy and project management skills
• Implementation planning
• Evidencing organisation impact
• Personal reflection

This module will enable you to apply your knowledge and skills to professional practice and to critically evaluate a selection of operational aspects of the industry, and therefore gain a competitive edge and develop your potential when seeking graduate employment. You will relate academic theory to the workplace and demonstrate this through critical evaluation in assessments. You will develop your ability to critically evaluate your learning in a work based environment, as well as an operational aspect of the industry. This module helps you to develop the skills that are necessary for successful postgraduates in the 21st Century and thereafter as part of your continuing professional development.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Define an area of study and project specific learning outcomes and develop a Project Proposal
LO2: Integrate and locate existing theory, literature and prior experience/professional practice into an investigation of a workplace issue/opportunity/aspect
LO3: Produce a presentation to a high professional and postgraduate standard which presents an issue/opportunity/aspect, rationale, conclusions and makes recommendations relevant to the organisational context.
LO4: Critique personal learning as a reflective and reflexive practitioner evidencing achievement of the learning outcomes defined in a personal reflection piece.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2021/2, Trimester 3, PLACEMENT LEARN,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: PLACEMENT LEARN
Location of delivery: CRAIGLOCKHAR
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Lynn Waterston
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The 15 week placement will be undertaken in trimester 3. A mid-placement seminar will offer students the opportunity to share placement experiences and to re-engage with their assessments. This will also be an opportunity to meet face to face with academic tutors to discuss their progress. Employers will also be invited.

Each student will be allocated an academic tutor from the Tourism and Languages subject group who will offer support and guidance on academic work during the placement. Academic tutors will contact students and their employers by phone/Skype near the start of the placement to ensure that students have agreed on a project with their employer and that both parties understand the requirements. They will also agree and discuss the planned research to ensure that it is feasible.

Academic tutors will contact the students by phone/Skype again at the mid-placement point if they have not had the opportunity to meet face to face at the mid-placement seminar to ensure that progress is being made with the research and preparation for the presentation and reflective report.

Formative feedback will be offered by academic tutors on written draft work and students will also have the opportunity to attend drop in sessions provided by the module leader.

For any operational issues during placement, the Business School Placement team will offer guidance and support.

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment will comprise two elements. In the first element, students will be presented with an issue/challenge/opportunity suggested by their employer as a topic for their project and asked to, using their previous work experience and the input from the classes on defining a suitable topic and considering objectives and outcomes, design a plan how they will approach the issue. They will be asked to design the objectives for their project and the outcomes they wish to achieve. The students will submit their draft proposals to their academic tutor for feedback.

The second type of formative assessment will focus on the preparation for the reflective aspect of the module and the assessments. Students will experience some input about personal learning and engaging in a project as a reflective practitioner. They will then be asked to develop 3 learning objectives they wish to achieve from the project.

Students will be offered the opportunity to attend a drop in session prior to each assessment for to ensure that they receive personal guidance and feel reassured about their course of action. This will be in addition to formative feedback from their academic tutor.

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment includes three pieces of assessment which build on the formative assessment and feedback received from it.

The first piece of summative assessment is the Project Proposal submitted in week 6 of trimester 3. This includes defining a suitable topic and aim and outcomes. It is aligned with LO1.

Students will receive feedback on the Proposal in a written format. The feedback will be reinforced with a drop in session when students can get their questions answered and also to talk through how they will approach the remaining two (summative) assessments, building on the lessons learned from the proposal.

The second summative assessment includes a presentation in week of 13 of trimester 3 which is aligned to LO2 and LO3. The presentation showcases the outcomes and recommendations from the project. It integrates the relevant, existing theory and experience into an investigation of a workplace issue/aspect/opportunity and offers an opportunity to showcase students’ achievements.

The third piece of summative assessment includes a reflective piece which is submitted in week 15 of trimester 3 and aligned with LO1-4. The students will critique their own learning from the Project and reflect on the achievement of the learning outcomes. The reflective piece closes the journey of a student through the module and showcases the development of reflective skills throughout the project.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Seminar 4
Total Study Hours392
Expected Total Study Hours for Module392

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Project - Written 20 1 6 , WORDS= 2000
Oral Presentation 40 2,3 13 HOURS= 0.5
Placement (Report) 40 1,2,3,4 14/15 , WORDS= 3500
Component 1 subtotal: 20
Component 2 subtotal: 40
Module subtotal: 60

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