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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 30/11/2022 14:32:23

Title of Module: Work Related Learning 40

Code: BIOL09023 SCQF Level: 9
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 40 ECTS: 20
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Health and Life Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:Gail  McGarvie

Summary of Module

This module provides an opportunity to undertake an extended period of work in a professional environment related to your programme of study. The work placement will allow you to apply academic knowledge gained at University and learn new skills. Academic skills such as critical thinking, analytical skills, problem solving and innovation will be used in a practical work setting. This opportunity will allow you to increase your understanding and awareness of the working environment. Working as part of a team to contribute effectively will develop emotional intelligence, cultural awareness, collaboration and communication skills. Experience as an ‘employee’ in a professional environment will expose the student to company structures and professional development in an ambitious environment. Completing this module will require you to be self-motivated with good time management. Selection for placement will be competitive and require submission of a CV and interview. Prior to the Placement there will be a series of tutorial sessions in preparation for applying and undertaking the placement.

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.
    Emotionally intelligent.
    Effective communicator.  
    Effective communicator

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. Complete a log book or diary to a prescribed standard that will allow traceability and/or auditing of events, experiments or processes.

L3. Construct a comprehensive account (including a report and an oral presentation) detailing the work of the organisation; the tasks performed; the procedures employed and a reflective analysis on how the student’s behaviour, approaches, attitudes and skills have been adapted or modified consequentially.

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.

Construct a comprehensive account (including a report and an oral presentation) detailing the work of the organisation; the tasks performed; the procedures employed and a reflective analysis on how the student’s behaviour, approaches, attitudes and skills have been adapted or modified consequentially.

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 based placement all skills will be enhanced to varying extents, while students placed in a ‘clinical’ situation may have fewer opportunities to enhance their numeracy skills but will have increased opportunities to 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:
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Co-requisitesModule Code:
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* 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 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 class in the University throughout their placement, allowing staff to monitor and assess progress as well as reinforcing some the formally taught elements.

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

All aspects of the Work Experience programme are in accordance with the University’s Work Based Learning Procedure.
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)
Work Based Learning/Placement 336
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity10
Independent Study54
400 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:

The VLE site to support student while on campus and in the workplace situation , which provides access to information. The VLE will be used to help monitor and assess students while on work based learning and as a receptacle for materials.

(**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:
Attendance at synchronous sessions (module tutorials and supervisor meetings/tutorials), 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 336 hours which normally equates to 4 working day/week for 12 weeks.

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardBiological Sciences and Health
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) Yes
Subject PanelBiology L7-11
ModeratorSteven Kelly
External ExaminerJ Spicer
Accreditation DetailsN/A
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
The module is Pass/Fail. The assessment will include – a questionnaire for the employer and the student to complete which covers a wide variety of criteria from attendance and timekeeping to integration into the team to quality and volume of output by the student The student is also required to keep and maintain a log book or daily diary which can permit auditing and / or traceability for quality assurance purposes.).
The final component is a written report and verbal presentation which describes and analyses the work carried out. A key component of these presentations is the reflective analysis of performance, learning and relationship to the academic programme of study, attitudes to work and co-workers.
If required, re-assessment opportunities can be accommodated in line with University Regulations.
(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 mark1000
Combined Total For All Components100% 0 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.
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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