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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 30/11/2022 14:30:18

Title of Module: Work Related Learning 20

Code: BIOL09022 SCQF Level: 9
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Health and Life Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:Frances  Orton

Summary of Module

This module has been designed to provide students with a work related learning experience during the tenure of their degree and will normally involve at least one day a week during the semester in an employer’s workplace. It evolved to meet the needs of students who have been unable to spend a more protracted period on placement (e.g. sandwich type degree). 

This opportunity allows the student to put into practice, the skills, techniques and knowledge gained during their degree program. 

Prior to the Placement there will be tutorial sessions in T1 covering topics such as, writing an effective CV and cover letter, interview technique, finding a placement and a guide to the content of assignments that must be submitted to pass the module.

There are four instruments of assessment in this module:

  • A reflective log book
  • A concise outline of the organisation explaining its function and the role of the student while on placement , plus Health & Safety responsibilities.
  • A synopsis of the work undertaken in the form of a Powerpoint presentation
  • A report describing the work carried out and its value to the employer’s organisation. 

This module will work to develop a number of the key “I am UWS” Graduate Attributes to make those who complete the module 

  • Culturally aware.
  • Ethically-minded.
  • Emotionally intelligent.
  • Effective communicator.  
  • Autonomous
  • Incisive
  • Effective communicator
  • Resilient

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:




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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Achieve a set of core skills/competences through a period of work based learning to a standard that is consistent with ‘employees’ of similar educational background (SCQF level9) and be relevant to the programme of academic study.

L2. Production of a logbook/diary and an ePortfolio that provides critical reflection regarding the work based learning from a personal perspective.

L3. Construction of a report and presentation that details an awareness and understanding of organisational structures and employee roles in an applied setting, including the impact of the work based learning undertaken with regard to value to the employer.

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 9.

The placement will provide opportunities to allow the student to extend and refine their subject specific knowledge in particular contexts.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 9.

Depending on the nature of the placement there will be opportunities to develop new practical skills / techniques or develop the application of specific skills / techniques to an advanced level or practice within a range of professional contexts.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 9.

A critical analysis of the ‘business’ of the placement employer must be provided in the final report. The student will also have the opportunity to reflect on the successes or difficulties of the placement and on the transition to working in a context that is vocationally relevant

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 9.

The opportunities to use, display and develop these skills will vary considerably with the nature of the placement. In a laboratory or field based placement all skills will be enhanced to varying extents, including opportunities to enhance their numeracy skills and refine their inter-personal communication skills.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 9.

Although working in a supervised capacity it is expected that there may be opportunities to exercise some autonomy and initiative.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
Module Title:
Co-requisitesModule Code:
Module Title:

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
The majority of teaching and learning will take place off campus but will involve support and supervision from academic staff. Prior to placement, students will be introduced to ethics, health and safety, and report writing. This will include utilising scientific databases and numerical analysis. Students will also have a number of classes in the University throughout their placement, allowing staff to monitor and assess progress as well as reinforcing some the formally taught elements.

This module has timetabled support sessions in T1, and the placement can be undertaken in an alternate term, if required.

A learning contract will be agreed by all parties prior to start of the placement. Employers may utilise their own organisation’s training programme or devise a bespoke programme with regard to their particular sphere of operation and the learning contract will be modified to include this aspect.

All aspects of the Work Experience programme are in accordance with the University’s Criteria for Securing and Approving WBPL Settings. The proposed programme is compliant with Regulation 5.8

Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Lecture/Core Content Delivery14
Work Based Learning/Placement 80
Independent Study106
200 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

There is a VLE module site to support student while on campus and in the workplace situation (assuming internet access is availability), which provides access to their ePortfolio. Moodle will be used to help monitor, assess and communicate with students while on work based learning.

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

Where a module has Professional, Statutory or Regulatory Body requirements these will be listed here:
Completion of asynchronous activities, and submission of assessments to meet the learning outcomes of the module. This module requires you to attend the placement provider 80 hours which normally equates to 1 working day/week for 10 weeks.

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardBiological Sciences and Health
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) Yes
Subject PanelBiology L7-11
ModeratorRichard Thacker
External ExaminerJ Spicer
Accreditation DetailsThis module is part of the BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science programme; accredited by Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS). This module is part of the BSc (Hons) Applied Bioscience, BSc (Hons) Applied Bioscience with Forensic Investigation and BSc (Hons) Applied Bioscience and Zoology programmes; accredited by Royal Society of Biology (RSB)
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Diary/Logbook, Presentation, Organisational plan, Health & Safety, Final report.
This module is a pass/fail module. Students must obtain 40% in the assessment to pass.
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Workbook/ Laboratory notebook/ Diary/ Training log/ Learning logcheck markcheck markcheck mark10060
Combined Total For All Components100% 60 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
In line with current legislation (Equality Act, 2010) and the UWS Equality, Diversity, and Human Rights Code, our modules are accessible and inclusive, with reasonable adjustment for different needs where appropriate. Module materials comply with University guidance on inclusive learning and teaching, and specialist assistive equipment, support provision and adjustment to assessment practice will be made in accordance with UWS policy and regulations. Where modules require practical and/or laboratory based learning or assessment required to meet accrediting body requirements the University will make reasonable adjustment such as adjustable height benches or assistance of a ‘buddy’ or helper.
Please refer to the UWS Equality and Diversity Policy at the following link:

Completion of this module requires the student to participate in an extended period with a placement provider which may include laboratory based activity. The University will work with placement provider where possible to make reasonable adjustments.

Some placements may require the student to obtain a satisfactory Disclosure Scotland report before they can be assigned a placement.

UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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