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MODULE DESCRIPTOR
Module Title
Professional Practice (12 week)
Reference BS3984 Version 2
Created April 2017 SCQF Level SCQF 9
Approved August 2011 SCQF Points 60
Amended August 2017 ECTS Points 30

Aims of Module
To provide students with the opportunity to apply academic and practitioner knowledge and skills to a workplace experience 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 theories, models, concepts and principals of formal study to a particular working environment.
3 Demonstrate effective self-evaluation of experience and skills gained whilst engaged in professional practice.

Indicative Module Content
The module offers a 12-week period of professional practice, selected with 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) and professional practices.

Module Delivery
Pre-placement briefings and tutorial support; debriefing 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 supervising lecturer.

Indicative Student Workload Full Time Part Time
Contact Hours 10 N/A
Non-Contact Hours N/A N/A
Placement/Work-Based Learning Experience [Notional] Hours 590 N/A
TOTAL 600 N/A
Actual Placement hours for professional, statutory or regulatory body 590  

ASSESSMENT PLAN
If a major/minor model is used and box is ticked, % weightings below are indicative only.
Component 1
Type: Coursework Weighting: 100% Outcomes Assessed: 1, 2, 3
Description: Students carry out self-evaluation of practical and professional skills (including communication skills), developed via professional practice, in the form of an evaluative report.

MODULE PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTOR
Explanatory Text
The module is assessed by one component: C1 - Coursework - 100% weighting. Module Pass Mark = Grade D (40%)
Module Grade Minimum Requirements to achieve Module Grade:
A 70% or above
B 60% - 69%
C 50% - 59%
D 40% - 49%
E 35% - 39%
F 0% - 34%
NS Non-submission of work by published deadline or non-attendance for examination

Module Requirements
Prerequisites for Module None in addition to course entry requirements or equivalent
Corequisites for module None.
Precluded Modules None.

ADDITIONAL NOTES
This is an optional, extended period of industrial placement. Some placement organisations offer renumeration whereas others do not. Students should appreciate that they may well have to fund the placement period themsleves.

INDICATIVE BIBLIOGRAPHY
1 BOWDEN, J., 2011. Writing a report: how to prepare, write and present effective reports. 9th ed. Oxford: How to Books.
2 FANTHOME, C., 2004. Work placements: a survival guide for students. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
3 LEWIS, R. and INGLIS, J., 2005. How to write reports: the key to successful reports. Cambridge: National Extension College Trust Ltd.
4 Students will be guided to particular information sources related to the placement experience and the host organisation, and dependent on their degree discipline.


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