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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 21/07/2022 16:57:43

Title of Module: Work-Based Learning 3

Code: WRKB09001 SCQF Level: 9
(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:Frances  McCormick

Summary of Module

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

This module is designed to provide the student/apprentice (hereafter referred to as student) the opportunity to gain work experience within an organisation relevant to their programme of study.

Learning objectives will be defined and agreed at the start of the module by the student, the Company representative and the academic mentor to ensure it is a suitable, worthwhile and productive learning experience. 

Opportunities within the work environment will be discussed in order to identify opportunities best suited to the student and which match the learning objectives of their academic programme and the needs of the respective employer.

There will be resources made available to the student which covers topics such as report writing, reflective writing, health & safety, time management and working with others.

All students must complete a notional 300 hours of work-related learning in addition to the assesment requirements of the module.

This module can be completed over one trimester.

Undertaking this module will develop a range of graduate attributes such as autonomous, effective communicator and ambitious.

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 the agreed subject specific and transferable skills and competences to SCQF (level 9) through a period of work experience to a standard that is consistent with subject areas derived from the relevant GLA framework and relevant to the programme of academic study;

L2. Critically evaluate employability development and performance as part of PDP;

L3. Apply knowledge, skills and understanding of the tasks performed; achievements and challenges and self-reflective evaluation.

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.

Demonstrate a critical understanding of a range of principles, concepts and terminology of the appropriate sector within the workplace.

The work experience 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.

The application of knowledge, skills and understanding in using a range of professional skills, and practices within the appropriate sector.

Depending on the nature of the work experience 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.

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

Draw on a range of sources in transition to working in making judgements.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 9.

Use a range of Computing applications to support and enhance work.

Give a form of presentation to refine their inter-personal communication skills.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 9.

Manage time, personnel and resources effectively, by time management and organizational skills

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

Participate productively in a team, 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 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 retained by the Module Co-ordinator.

Information relating to PDP, the work-place environment, health & safety, and what is expected of them will be made available prior to the start of the module.

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 300
Independent Study92
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity8
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:

Module resources on the University's VLE to support the student on campus and in the workplace.

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

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

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

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

(**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 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 presentation can be different formats to suit the target audience. Eg presentation, demonstration or poster format. The target audience can be UWS staff and peers within the University or the Company,

The reflective journal will critically evaluate employability development and performance throughout the work experience as part of the student’s personal development plan (PDP).

The report will discuss the work environment, the work carried out by the student, relationships with co-workers and peers, achievements and challenges faced and a critical evaluation of their own work and how they perceive the whole experience to impact their future employability. 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.
(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
Report of practical/ field/ clinical workcheck mark check mark500
Review/ Article/ Critique/ Paper check markcheck mark300
Presentation check mark 201
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
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 them to undertake. All necessary, reasonable adjustments to teaching methods and assessments and the work place environment will be made to encourage the full participation of disabled students.

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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