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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 11/03/2022 15:16:22

Title of Module: Professional Development Experience 2

Code: BUSN09049 SCQF Level: 9
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Business & Creative Industries
Module Co-ordinator:Katie  Mcquade

Summary of Module

Students undertaking this module will complete a negotiated project, relevant to their course of study, of their choosing which will have a significant impact upon their practical skills and their eventual employability.

The key requirement of this module is for the student to select and define an opportunity for professional development.. This is potentially wide in scope and students may undertake work including, but not limited to, work experience, consultancy work, entrepreneurial activity or volunteering.

The onus is on the student to select and experience an appropriate opportunity.

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. Demonstrate a significant engagement with practical contexts within their field of study.

L2. Demonstrate the capacity to critically analyse a practical context drawing upon a wide range of theories and concepts from their field of study.

L3. Demonstrate an ability to critically reflect upon their own practical performance and capacity in their field of study.

L4. Develop academic and professional research skills appropriate to the level

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.

Working within an agreed scope of knowledge and under-standing in a specific subject area
Understanding of principal theories and concepts from the subject of study

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 9.

Gathering primary and secondary information related to the subject of study
Using already acquired skills and knowledge to meet project objectives

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 9.

Critical analysis, evaluation and / or synthesis of evidence

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 9.

Use of a range of IT applications to enhance work.

Communication of results accurately and reliably in a variety of formats and settings.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 9.

Working autonomously, taking responsibility for own learn-ing objectives developed under supervision.
Making effective use of supervision to manage a project

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

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching

This is an independent study module. Students will be allocated a personal tutor for their project who will agree the scope and shape of the project and supervise the completion of the work across the academic year. This will be achieved via regular supervision meetings on a monthly basis.
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 Delivery2
Independent Study153
Work Based Learning/Placement 35
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity10
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:

Helyer, R (2020) The Work Based Learning Student Handbook. London: Palgrave.

Durrant, A, Rhodes, G and Young, D (2011), Getting Started With University Level Work Based Learning, Libri Publishing

(**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:
Making timely and appropriate interaction (either in person, telephone, email or other virtual medium) with the module coordinator and the student's project supervisor. This will vary in nature and intensity but should be documented by email and follow the timetable and guidance noted in the module material.

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardManagement, Organisations & People
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelManagement, Organisations & People
ModeratorDr. Nicholas Telford
External ExaminerSeng Kok
Accreditation Details
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Assessment 1 - Proposal - 20%
Assessment 2 - Individual Project - 80%
(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
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Component 2
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/ Thesischeck markcheck markcheck markcheck mark800
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 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
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

2014 University of the West of Scotland

University of the West of Scotland is a Registered Scottish Charity.

Charity number SC002520.