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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 28/04/2021 10:27:08

Title of Module: Graduate Apprenticeship Work Based Learning 4

Code: BUSN10058 SCQF Level: 10
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 80 ECTS: 40
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Business & Creative Industries
Module Co-ordinator:Alan  Martin

Summary of Module

This module is designed to give students the opportunity to integrate the academic knowledge gained through this level of study into a practical work-based setting through the delivery of project(s) relevant to their workplace setting and engage in critical reflection regarding the impact of this knowledge on organisational and personal performance. Building on the level 9 'Graduate Apprenticeship Work Based Learning 9' module, this module requires students to gain a conceptual understanding of business and management practice and apply this to a practical setting through a variety of means including primary research.

This module is developed in accordance with the UWS Graduate Attributes and helps students to develop the skills, qualities and abilties which will prepare them for success both out with university and beyond their period of study at UWS. The module also helps develop many of the personal and professional attributes found at

  • work based learning

  • reflective practice

  • applied learning

  • applied research

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 high level skills, attitudes and behaviours appropriate to the workplace

L2. Demonstrate a comprehensive reflective understanding of personal professional practices and the need for continued personal development planning

L3. Demonstrate a comprehensive reflective understanding of contemporary theoretical and conceptual approaches to business and management.

L4. Demonstrate the ability to complete critical primary research examining contemporary business and management issues.

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 10.

Demonstrate and/or work with:
• Knowledge that covers and integrates most of the principal areas, features, boundaries, terminology and conventions of business and management.
• A critical understanding of the principal theories, concepts and principles.
• Detailed knowledge and understanding in one or more specialisms, some of which is informed by, or at the forefront of, a subject/discipline/sector.
• Knowledge and understanding of the ways in which business and management is developed, including a range of established techniques of enquiry or
research methodologies

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 10.

Apply knowledge, skills and understanding:
• In using a wide range of the principal professional skills, techniques, practices and/or materials associated with business and management
• In using a few skills, techniques, practices and/or materials that are specialised, advanced and/or at the forefront of business and management.
• In executing a defined project of research, development or investigation and in identifying and implementing relevant outcomes.
• To practise in a range of professional level contexts that include a degree of unpredictability and/or specialism.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 10.

• Critically identify, define, conceptualise and analyse complex/professional problems and issues.
• Offer professional insights, interpretations and solutions to problems and issues.
• Demonstrate some originality and creativity in dealing with professional issues.
• Critically review and consolidate knowledge, skills, practices and thinking in business and management
• Make judgements where data/information is limited or comes from a range of sources.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 10.

• Use a wide range of routine skills and some advanced and specialised skills in support of established practices in business and management, for example:
• Present or convey, formally and informally, information about specialised topics to informed audiences.
• Communicate with peers, senior colleagues and specialists on a professional level.
• Use a range of ICT applications to support and enhance work at this level and adjust features to suit purpose.
• Interpret, use and evaluate a wide range of numerical and graphical data to set and achieve goals/targets.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 10.

• Exercise autonomy and initiative in professional/equivalent activities.
• Exercise significant managerial responsibility for the work of others and for a range of resources.
• Practise in ways that show awareness of own and others’ roles and responsibilities.
• Work, under guidance, in a peer relationship with specialist practitioners.
• Work with others to bring about change, development and/or new thinking.
• Manage complex ethical and professional issues in accordance with current professional and/or ethical codes or practices.
• Recognise the limits of these codes and seek guidance where appropriate.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
Module Title:
Other:Only accessible to students undertaking a Graduate Apprenticeship programme of study.
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 encourgaing reflection on both personal and professional practices.
Students will be asked to maintain a detailed online presence, in line with the Graduate Apprenticeship learning, teaching and assesssment strategy, which curates a range of reflections on both individual and professional practices. This will be assessed at 3 key points in the academic session including a piece of detailed primary research.
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 735
Personal Development Plan65
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity15
815 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:

(**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 BoardManagement, Organisations & People
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelManagement, Organisations & People
ModeratorGary Gillon
External ExaminerPeter Robertson
Accreditation Details
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Portfolio of written work to include work based problem identification and associated literature review.
Portfolio of work to include justification of methodology and data analysis techniques demonstrated via a Microsoft SWAY presentation.
Final postfolio of work including project report and a video presentation to evidence engagement personal development planning to date and for future application.
(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 check mark 250

Component 2
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 check mark 250

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 mark check mark500
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
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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