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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 31/05/2022 16:18:42

Title of Module: Work Based Learning One

Code: BUSN07053 SCQF Level: 7
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 40 ECTS: 20
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Business & Creative Industries
Module Co-ordinator:Alan  Macdonald

Summary of Module

The Work Based Learning (WBL) one module is designed to give students the opportunity to integrate the academic knowledge gained and theory studied  in T1 to provide an underpinning context for this area. This will then develop  and extend the level of study into a practical work-based setting through the delivery of project(s) relevant to their workplace setting and engage in reflection regarding the impact of this knowledge on organisational and personal performance. 

Supervision will be provided by a member of academic staff (appointed link tutor) with the student required to use various academic, technical, practical and transferable skills already learned through their academic programme of study.

There will be resources made available to the student which covers topics such as report writing, referencing, reflective writing and working with others.

This module is developed in accordance with the UWS learning principles and helps students to develop the skills, qualities and abilities which will prepare them for success both out with university and beyond their period of study at UWS. 

  • Work Based Learning

  • Reflective Practice

  • Applied Learning
  • All students must complete a notional 300 hours of work-based learning in addition to the assessment requirements of the module.

  • Students will record their experiences and reflections in a learning log: this is consistent with Personal Development Planning (PDP) practice. The learning log will form the basis of the WBL Assignment, which will be a reflective account by the student of theories applied to learning acquired in relation to knowledge attitudes and behaviour.

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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Face-To-Face
Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

Blended
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.

HybridC
Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

HybridO
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).
Term 1

 

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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. L1. Identify workplace issues and practices that are specific to your context

L2. L2. Outline a planned approach to tackling workplace issues

L3. L3. Apply appropriate academic theories to your approach and activities

L4. L4. Demonstrate reflection on your own professional practice and personal development

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.

Demonstrate and/or work with:
An overall appreciation of the body of knowledge surrounding business and management.
Knowledge that is embedded in the main theories, concepts and principles of business and management.
An awareness of the dynamic nature of knowledge and understanding.
An understanding of the difference between explanations based on evidence and/or research and other sources, and of the importance of this difference.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 7.

Apply knowledge, skills and understanding:
In practical contexts.
In using some of the basic and routine professional skills, techniques, practices and/or materials associated with business and management.
To practise these in both routine and non-routine contexts.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 7.

Present and evaluate arguments, information and ideas that are routine to business and management.
Use a range of approaches to address defined and/or routine problems and issues within familiar contexts.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 7.

Use a wide range of routine skills and some advanced skills associated with business and management for example:
Convey complex ideas in well-structured and coherent form.
Use a range of forms of communication effectively in both familiar and unfamiliar contexts.
Select and use standard ICT applications to process and obtain a variety of information and data.
Use a range of numerical and graphical skills in combination.
Use numerical and graphical data to measure progress and achieve goals/targets.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 7.

Exercise some initiative and independence in carrying out defined activities at a professional level in practice or in a subject/discipline/sector.
Accept supervision in less familiar areas of work.
Exercise some managerial or supervisory responsibility for the work of others within a defined and supervised structure.
Manage limited resources within defined areas of work.
• Take the lead in implementing agreed plans in familiar or defined contexts.
• Take account of own and others’ roles and responsibilities when carrying out and evaluating tasks.
• Work, under guidance, with others to acquire an understanding of current professional practice.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
Module Title:
Other:
Co-requisitesModule Code:
Module Title:

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
This is a work based learning module. Accordingly, the majority of learning and teaching is delivered 'in situ' with students undertaking specific projects and tasks within the workplace which enable the application of theoretical principles and concepts from across their learning as well as encouraging reflection on both personal and professional practices.

Information relating to PDP, and what is expected of them will be made available prior to the start of the module. The module handbook and other detailed materials will be made available to students which will set out the requirements and expectations of the module.

The student’s workplace mentor will monitor the student throughout their involvement with the work environment and will liaise with the student’s Link Tutor to ensure that the student is undertaken a worthwhile WBL project. The student and workplace mentor will meet individually with the Link Tutor at least once per academic term to discuss progress and resolve any work-based learning issues.

The student will have a direct line of communication to their Link Tutor at all times via e-mail and the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).
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)
Practice Based Learning300
Independent Study80
Personal Development Plan20
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:

Pears, R. and Shields, G. (2019) Cite Them Right: The essential referencing guide. 11th edn. London. Red Globe Press.

Done, J., and Mulvey, R. (2016) Brilliant Graduate Career Handbook. 3rd edn. Harlow: Pearson.

Kirton, B. (2011) Brilliant Workplace Skills for Students & Graduates. Harlow: Pearson.

Helyer, R. (2019) The Work- Based Learning Student Handbook. 2nd edn. London. Red Globe Press.

Needle, D. (2019) Business in Context: An introduction to business and its environment. 7th ed. Hampshire: Cengage Learning EMEA.


Saunders, M., Lewis, P., and Thornhill, A. (2019) Research methods for business students. 8th ed. Pearson education.

Details of further resources, including textbooks, journals and online resources will be identified at the beginning of each delivery and made available via the VLE platform.

Students will also have access to UWS library facilities so that core texts will be supplemented by case studies, academic journal articles and bespoke on-line resources.


(**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:
In line with the Academic Engagement and Attendance 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 Moodle, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement and Attendance Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement and attendance procedure

For the purposes of this module, academic engagement equates to the following:
Engagement with materials and discussions on the learning platform. Students will also be required to keep in regular contract with their appointed Link Tutor.

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardManagement, Organisations & People
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelManagement, Organisations & People
ModeratorAlan Martin
External ExaminerPeter Robertson
Accreditation DetailsNone
Version Number

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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
There will be three categories of assessment for this module the first consists of a Project Proposal (20%)
The student will negotiate and agree learning objectives with their workplace mentor and academic tutor.

The student will produce a relevant Project Proposal that reflects a key area from their day to day work for the agreed objectives.


The Project Proposal will discuss the work environment, activities undertaking by the student, relationships with stakeholders, challenges faced and planned timescales for the project. 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 Project Proposal.

A minimum overall 40% is required to achieve a pass on the WBL One module.
There will be three categories of assessment for this module the second will be a Reflective Journal with a real world emphasis on Personal Development Planning(PDP) (30%)

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

The student will produce a Reflective journal of work for the agreed objectives.

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 Reflective journal will include a fully developed PDP, challenges faced, and a critical evaluation of their own work and how they perceive the whole experience to impact their employer. 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 Reflective Journal.

A minimum overall 40% is required to achieve a pass on the WBL One module.
There will be three categories of assessment for this module with the 3rd a final detailed Project Report (50%).

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

The student will produce a detailed Project Report for the agreed objectives.


The detailed Project Report will discuss the work environment, activities undertaken by the student, underpinning evidence, relationships with stakeholders, challenges faced, outcome of the planned project developed from proposal stage, timescales and impact of any changes addressed and project delivery.

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 final detailed written report.

A minimum overall 40% is required to achieve a pass on the WBL One module.
(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) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Portfolio of written workcheck mark   200

Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Workbook/ Laboratory notebook/ Diary/ Training log/ Learning log   check mark300

Component 3
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Dissertation/ Project report/ Thesis check markcheck mark 500
Combined Total For All Components100% 0 hours

Footnotes
A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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Note(s):
  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 workplace environment will be made to encourage the full participation of disabled students.

In accordance with the University’s proposed Single Equality Scheme every effort will be made to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the school.
UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
UWS Equality and Diversity Policy

UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
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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