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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 08/04/2021 15:42:54

Title of Module: Work Related Learning

Code: MUSC09007 SCQF Level: 9
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Business & Creative Industries
Module Co-ordinator:Jim  Prime

Summary of Module

Students will use a variety of skills in preparation for work-related learning, including researching the area in which they will be learning.  It is closely linked with employability, graduate skills and the PDP process.  The module encourages reflection on past experiences and future career plans to ensure the student obtains the most appropriate and relevant work related learning experience.

Work-related learning can take the form of work-based learning (placement) or work experience (special projects; simulation; working to a business brief).  Some WRL opportunities will be promoted by the School e.g. special projects in the community; the opportunity to undertake WRL in Canada (currently not available due to Covid restrictions); or students can find their own work related learning.  WRL can be based in industry, the community, voluntary or paid, at home or abroad etc.

Students are required to complete a minimum of 35 hours placement over one or several placements. Assistance is provided to make useful contacts but it a primary responsibility for the student to seek out and gain approval for a placement suitable to his/her own career plans and to undergo standard job application and interview process.

Students are able to use prior or existing work that they have undertaken/undertaking in some exceptional circumstances. Self employment is also viable but only after approval from the programme supervisor.

Where placements involve working with vulnerable groups, the placement provider may insist that students aquire a basic PVG certificate. This would be a cost that the student would have to incur.

  • Engage and utilise current skillsets in the workplace environment

  • Gain valuable work experience in a field relevant to their future aspirations

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. Demonstrate an understanding of the scope and defining features of a subject/discipline in a workplace environment

L2. Use a wide range of routine and specialised skills in support of established professional practice

L3. Apply self-reflection and critical awareness, along with analytical, problem solving and transferable skills

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.

One or more designated areas in the field of the programme of study

A broad and integrated knowledge and understanding of the scope, main areas and boundaries of work in the creative industries

A critical understanding of a selection of the principal theories, principles, concepts and terminology pertaining to the area of work related learning

Knowledge of work and employability requirements relating to the creative industries

Awareness of the economic forces which frame the media, cultural and creative industries and the role of such industries in specific areas of contemporary political and cultural life

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 9.

The application of the principal skills, techniques, practices and/or materials associated with the creative industries

Observation, understanding, interpretation and manipulation of sound, image and/or the written word

Carry out forms of research for projects involving sustained independent enquiry; retrieve and generate information and evaluate sources, in carrying out research, including the ability to quote from and acknowledge written sources.

Practice in a range of professional level contexts which include a degree of unpredictability

Understanding of the ways in which participatory access to the central sites of public culture and communication is distributed along axes of social division such as disability, class, ethnicity, gender, nationality and sexuality

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 9.

Undertake critical analysis, evaluation and/or synthesis of ideas, concepts, information and issues
Identify and analyse routine professional problems and issues

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 9.

Make formal and informal presentations on standard/mainstream topics in the creative industries to a variety of audiences

Use a range of IT applications to support and enhance work

The ability to assimilate and synthesise complex information

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 9.

Work in flexible, creative and independent ways, showing self-discipline, self-direction, self-motivation self-critical awareness and reflexivity

Manage time, personnel and resources effectively, by drawing on planning and organizational skills

An ability to react spontaneously, manage risk, and cope with the unexpected

Work productively in a group or team

Deliver work to a given length, format, brief and deadline, properly referencing sources and ideas and making use, as appropriate, of a problem-solving approach

Deal with ethical and professional issues in accordance with current professional and/or ethical codes or practices, seeking guidance where appropriate.

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
This module is student-centred and much of the Learning will be individual. Preparatory lectures will be provided early in level 9 to ensure all students registered on the module have their work related learning organized ready to commence in trimester 2. Support will be provided by the careers service in terms of the application process, along with support and guidance for PDP. The lectures will contain the theory pertinent to WRL, including health and safety, employers liability, writing and presentations; PDP and reflection; articulation of experience to the learning outcomes for the module and presentation of any WRL projects identified by the School.Due to Covid restrictions, where students are doing online delivery, they may still need to be covered by a PVG if the placement supplier requests. This is a cost that the student is expected to cover.Applications can be through either the University or direct to disclosure scotland (basic application)
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 Delivery6
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity10
Personal Development Plan20
Asynchronous Class Activity70
Independent Study94
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:

Boud, D & Solomon, N (eds) (2001) Work-based Learning: A new Higher Education? Milton Keynes: Open University Press.

Douglas, A & O’Neill’s (2000) The Essential Work Experience Handbook. London: Gill & McMillan.

Longson, S (1999) Making Work Experience Count (How – to) London: Reed.

QAA Scotland (2006). Effective Learning Framework: supporting effective learning. Glasgow: Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education.

(**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

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardArts & Media
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelArts & Media
ModeratorRachel Stark
External ExaminerP Saxe
Accreditation DetailsJames
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Assessment will be based on a 2500-word reflective report of the work related learning (100%).
The reflective report should include a reflective diary with goals for development and PDP (which may be in the form of an e-Portfolio) and an employer's report.
Formative assessment in the form of progress presentations will take place throughout the module, along with feedback on performance at critical points during the module.
Students will not be able to undertake work-related learning if the preparatory requirements are not fulfilled.

Student will be encouraged to maintain an e-Portfolio of the experience.
(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
Portfolio of written workcheck markcheck markcheck mark10030
Combined Total For All Components100% 30 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
Aligned with the overall commitment to equality and diversity stated in the Programme Specifications, the module supports equality of opportunity for students from all backgrounds and with different learning needs. Using Moodle, learning materials will be presented electronically in formats that allow flexible access and manipulation of content. The module complies with University regulations and guidance on inclusive learning and teaching practice. Specialist assistive equipment, support provision and adjustment to assessment practice will be made in accordance with UWS policy and regulations. The University’s Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Policy can be accessed at the following link:

Our partners are fully committed to the principles and practice of inclusiveness and our modules are designed to be accessible to all. Where this module is delivered overseas, local equivalent support for students and appropriate legislation applies.

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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University of the West of Scotland is a Registered Scottish Charity.

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