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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 14/08/2019 09:36:56

Title of Module: Work-Based Learning 1

Code: WRKB07001 SCQF Level: 7
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 40 ECTS: 20
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:James  Riordan

Summary of Module

Module will be co-delivered with Link Tutors (College Partners) as Recognised Teachers of the University.

This module allows students / apprentices (hereafter referred to as students) to develop and integrate their workplace skills and knowledge with their subject / discipline specific knowledge and skills.

The student will develop a set of learning objectives in conjunction with their workplace mentor and academic tutor.

The student will produce a portfolio of evidence for the agreed objectives.

The student will share their workplace learning and experiences with others.

This module can be completed over 1, 2 or 3 trimesters.

This module will work to develop a number of the key Universal, Work-Ready, and Successful 'I am UWS' Graduate Attributes. Those who complete this module will be inquiring and analytic and have developed competencies in critical thinking, communication, autonomy, and creativity.

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. Relate elements of workplace practice to area of academic study.

L2. Review the organisation and operation of a commercial envionment or process.

L3. Reflect on personal contribution to the organisation.

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 7.

Develop a broad knowledge of the workplace environment.

Develop learning awareness and consider key aspects present in learning experiences as basis for critical evaluation of current approach to learning. Develop an active learning style to conduct deep level learning in the learning environment. Develop an understanding of personal and inter-personal skills development. Understanding of e-portfolio design.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 7.

Carry out routine lines of enquiry, development or investigation related to the workplace.

Creating a learner log and implementing an online e-portfolio.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 7.

Developing learner awareness of active deep learning approaches necessary for deep level skill development. Develop inter-personal skills. Develop personal active learning strategies.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 7.

Communicating knowledge effectively. interpreting issues and stating solutions. Making effective use of tools and information.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 7.

Manage time and resources effectively. Work on own to gain concepts, identifying own learning needs. Work as part of a group as required.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
Module Title:
Co-requisitesModule Code:
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* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
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 per trimester who will discuss progress with both the student and the workplace mentor and will resolve any work-related learning issues, if appropriate. The student will have a direct line of communication with the academic tutor at all times via e-mail and the University's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

A tripartite agreement will be produced and approved by all parties prior to the start of the module. This will be approved by the Module Co-ordinator and retained centrally.

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)
Personal Development Plan20
Work Based Learning/Placement 300
Independent Study80
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:

A Moodle site is provided to support the students while on campus and in the workplace.

Extension Resources:

Hepworth, A., Studying for Your Future - Successful Study Skills, Time Management, Employability Skills and Career Development - A Guide to Personal Development Skills. (Skills Training Course), Universe of Learning Ltd., 2011

Trought, F., Brilliant Employability Skills, Prentice Hall, 2017

Kirton, B., Brilliant Workplace Skills for Students & Graduates, Prentice Hall, 2011

Cottrell, S., Skills for Success: Personal Development and Employability, Palgrave Macmillan, 3rd edition, 2015

(**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
ModeratorJoanna Olszewsha
External ExaminerD Doolan
Accreditation DetailsN/A
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
There will be one category of assessment for this module which consists of a presentation (20%), a reflective journal (30%) and a final project (50%).

The apprentice will negotiate and agree learning objectives with their workplace mentor and academic tutor.

The apprentice will produce a portfolio of evidence for the agreed objectives.

The apprentice will produce a reflective journal which evaluates their employability development and performance throughout the work experience as part of their Personal Development Plan (PDP).

The apprentice will share their personal practice with others via a presentation. The presentation can be different formats to suit the target audience eg presentation, demonstration or poster format. The target audience can be UWS staff or peers within the University or the Company.
(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
Review/ Article/ Critique/ Paper check mark 500
Portfolio of practical workcheck mark check mark300
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Combined Total For All Components100% 1 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
This module is suitable for any student. Appropriate support can be provided where required.

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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