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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 04/03/2022 10:21:37

Title of Module: SHE Work Related Learning

Code: CEWM09009 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:Jan  Miller

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 term two or a minimum of two weeks in term three in an employer’s workplace.

The purpose of this module is to allow the student to experience the essential aspects of appropriate full time work over a relatively short period. This opportunity allows the student to put into practice, the skills, techniques and knowledge gained during their degree program.

The mechanism by which students are selected for a particular placement can be employer dependant; some wish to interview; others will select solely on the basis of supplied CVs while others will trust the judgement of the Placement Co-ordinator. Factors that are important in placement selection include the student’s academic interests, ease of travel to and from the placement, and availability of time in relation to other lifestyle commitments.

Prior to the Placement there will be tutorial sessions covering topics such as; health & safety, learning logs (e.g. WIKI diary) and quality aspects that they will encounter while on placement. These tutorials prepare the student for the placement and the results will be available for use in the student’s Moodle site (includes aspects of Personal Development Planning).

Successful completion of this module will serve students well when competing for appropriate employment and in their approach to the honours project in the following year and enhance the UWS Graduate Attributes.

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 level 9) 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, 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:
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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 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.

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 1.68
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 Delivery9
Work Based Learning/Placement 70
Independent Study121
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 Virtual Learning Environment site to support student while on campus and in the workplace situation (assuming internet access is availability), which provides access to their ePortfolio. The VLE site will be used to help monitor, assess and communicate with students while on work based learning.

“Safety at Work”, Eighth Edition, J Channing, 2014 ISBN 978 0 415 65696 2*

Referencing: Pears, R. and Shields, G. (2019) Cite them right: the essential referencing guide. 11th rev. edn. London: Red Globe Press. Print and electronic copies are available from UWS Library.

(**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 70 hours which normally equates to 2 working day/week for 5 weeks.

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardBiological Sciences and Health
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelBiology L7-11
ModeratorJohn McLean
External ExaminerS Boyd
Accreditation DetailsThis module is accredited by Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) if taken as part of the BSc (Hons) in Occupational Safety and Health programme.
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Diary/Logbook (20%)- A detailed account of daily tasks
Final report (50%)- A report describing the work carried out and its value to the employer’s organisation. This will be assessed in relation to the results of a questionnaire relating to the ‘learning contract’ that both the employer and the student complete regarding the student’s contribution to the organisation, which is moderated and translated to a mark by academic staff.
Presentation, Organisational plan, Health & Safety (30%)- A synopsis of the work undertaken in the form of a Powerpoint presentation (poster), delivered to the academic supervisor/s & other students on the module, facilitating a question/answer period.
(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 log check mark 200

Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Dissertation/ Project report/ Thesischeck markcheck markcheck mark500

Component 3
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Presentation  check mark300
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.
Please refer to the UWS Equality and Diversity Policy at the following link:

Completion of this module requires the student to participate in a short period with a placement provider. 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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