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Module Title

Work experience; experiential learning; transferable skills; report writing; self-evaluation

SCQF Points30
ECTS Points15
CreatedMay 2003
ApprovedJune 2003
AmendedAugust 2012
Version No.4

Prerequisites for Module

None in addition to course entry requirements or equivalent.

Corequisite Modules


Precluded Modules


Aims of Module

To provide students with the opportunity to apply academic and practitioner knowledge and skills to a workplace related to their particular area of study.

Learning Outcomes for Module

On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:

1. Perform, demonstrate and explain a range of appropriate workplace skills and tasks, taking account of practical and managerial criteria for performance.
2. Relate the theory of formal study to a particular working environment.
3. Demonstrate effective self-evaluation in terms of practical, written and oral communication skills whilst on placement (in an analytical report).

Indicative Module Content

The module offers a six-week period of fieldwork, selected with tutorial guidance in collaboration with the Placement Office. Students gain the opportunity to experience the practicalities and challenges of relevant workplace situations and develop evaluative and reflective practitioner skills and attitudes. Students are also expected to critically evaluate the workplace environment; eg operational and managerial structures, communication practices, financial profile and process, product mix (where appropriate), professional practices.

Indicative Student Workload

Contact Hours

Full Time

Directed Study

Directed Study

Private Study

Private Study

Mode of Delivery

Pre-placement briefings and tutorial support; debfriefing on return from placement; supervised and unsupervised assignments and tasks in the workplace; student-centred learning and private study. Supervision is provided by the employer and both student's progress and the appropriateness of the learning experience is checked by the visiting lecturer.

Assessment Plan

Learning Outcomes Assessed
Component 1 1,2,3

Students carry out self-evaluation of practical skills including communication skills developed on placement in the form of an evaluative report assessing learning outcomes 1, 2 and 3.

Indicative Bibliography

1.Students will be guided to particular information sources related to the placement experience, the host organisation and report writing.

Robert Gordon University, Garthdee House, Aberdeen, AB10 7QB, Scotland, UK: a Scottish charity, registration No. SC013781