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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 04/03/2022 10:39:23

Title of Module: WBL 2 - Work Placement (20 point)

Code: WRKB08002 SCQF Level: 8
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:Tom  Caira

Summary of Module

This module aims to provide students with an opportunity to gain experience in an organisational environment and to undertake work within that environment. The work-based learning undertaken may not necessarily be based around a specific project but rather may involve the student in the day-to-day operation of an organisation and in addressing and resolving typical business-related issues and problems. The work-based learning aspects of this module must take place in a recognised work environment.

Work-based learning opportunities will be reviewed and discussed with students. Students will work with module staff to identify opportunities that best suit their own interests. Some employers may wish to interview students prior to offering a placement opportunity. Each student on placement will have a workplace mentor and an academic tutor appointed and all three will work together to ensure that the placement is a suitable, worthwhile and productive learning experience for the student. Students will attend a series of lecture and tutorial sessions prior to commencing their work-based learning. These sessions will include preparatory material which covers topics such as PDP, reflective writing, report writing, the workplace environment, health & safety, time management and working with others.

This module aims to develop a number of 'I am UWS' Graduate Attributes to make those who complete this module:


  • Critical Thinker
  • Analytical
  • Inquiring
  • Ethically-minded
  • Emotionally Intelligent
  • Culturally Aware
  • Research-minded
  • Collaborative
  • Socially Responsible

Work Ready

  • Enterprising
  • Knowledgeable
  • Digitally Literate
  • Problem-Solver
  • Effective Communicator
  • Influential
  • Motivated
  • Ambitious
  • Potential Leader


  • Autonomous
  • Innovative
  • Incisive
  • Creative
  • Imaginative
  • Resilient
  • Driven
  • Daring
  • Transformational

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. Improve employability through the development of a range of generic attributes and skills in a professionally and academically relevant context and articulate these to others.

L2. Review the organisation and operation of a business environment and reflect on personal performance and development planning therein.

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 8.

Understanding and appreciating the workplace environment and gaining limited knowledge and understanding of current issues and specialisms relating to the academic programme of study.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 8.

Carrying out routine lines of enquiry, development or investigation into professional level problems and issues.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 8.

Critically analysing and assessing a workplace environment and reflecting on personal performance.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 8.

Using a range of business applications to process and obtain data.

Communicating with others in the work environment to convey complex information or to explain ideas and decisions.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 8.

Managing time and resources within a defined area of work.

Taking account of own and others’ roles, responsibilities and contributions in evaluating and carrying out tasks.

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
Students will receive preparatory information relating to PDP, the work-place environment and what is expected of them via lectures and tutorials that will run for the first four weeks of the module.

The majority of the student’s learning experience will take place in the work environment and will include support from a workplace mentor and an academic tutor. The workplace mentor will monitor the student throughout their time in the work environment and will liaise with the academic tutor to ensure that the student has a worthwhile and appropriate learning experience. The student will receive a minimum of one visit from the academic tutor who will discuss progress with both the student and the workplace mentor and will resolve any work-related learning issues. The student will have a direct line of communication to the academic tutor at all times via e-mail and other electronic means.

A placement learning partnership agreement will be produced and approved by all parties prior to the start of the placement.

The proposed work-related learning is compliant with the University’s Work Based Learning and Placement Learning Guidelines, the University’s Regulatory Framework and the QAA code of practice on work-based and placement learning.
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 100
Lecture/Core Content Delivery16
Independent Study84
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:

A module site is available on the university's virtual learning environment to support students while on campus and in the workplace.

Extension Resources:

* Becker, F., Boost Your Employability, Sage Publications, 1st edition, 2020

* Cottrell, S., Skills for Success: Personal Development and Employability, Palgrave Macmillan, 4th edition, 2021

* Trought, F., Brilliant Employability Skills, Pearson Business, 2nd edition, 2017

(**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 BoardComputing
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelBusiness & Applied Computing
ModeratorJames Riordan
External ExaminerT Gaber
Accreditation DetailsN/A
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
The student is required to create and maintain a reflective journal. The student will be supplied with a detailed specification of the requirement for this assessment, including the assessment criteria and templates for the journal content. The student’s contribution to this component of assessment will equate to 30% of the overall module assessment. In addition, each student’s workplace mentor and module tutor will provide a reflective assessment of the student’s overall contribution with each of these contributing 10% to the overall module mark, thus making this component of assessment equate to 50% of the overall module mark.
The student is required to produce a written report (approx. 3000 words) which discusses the work environment, the work undertaken by the student, relationships with co-workers, difficulties and challenges faced and how these were addressed, self-assessment of the student’s overall performance and an indication of future plans for their career and for improving their employability prospects. The student will be supplied with a detailed specification of the requirement for this assessment, including the assessment criteria and a recommended structure for the written report. This component of assessment contributes 50% to the overall module mark.
(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) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Workbook/ Laboratory notebook/ Diary/ Training log/ Learning logcheck markcheck mark300
Performance/ Studio work/ Placement/ WBL/ WRL assessmentcheck markcheck mark200

Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Report of practical/ field/ clinical workcheck markcheck mark500
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
All students, irrespective of their age, gender, ethnic background or disability are entitled to attempt this module.
In order to complete this module, students must be able to undertake a range of duties that an employer would expect a permanent member of staff to be able to undertake. All necessary, reasonable adjustments to teaching methods and assessments and the work-related learning environment will be made to encourage the full participation of students with additional learning support requirements.

Some organisations may require the student to obtain a satisfactory Disclosure Scotland report or submit to other forms of background check before they can become involved in the work-based learning environment.

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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