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Module Title
Professional Fieldwork Placement

Keywords
Work experience; experiential learning; transferable skills; report writing; self-evaluation; personal development planning

ReferenceBSM152
SCQF LevelSCQF 11
SCQF Points15
ECTS Points7.5
CreatedAugust 2002
ApprovedMay 2010
AmendedMay 2010
Revision No.1
Prerequisites for Module

None, in addition to SCQF 11 entry requirements or equivalent.

Corequisite Modules

None.

Precluded Modules

None.

Aims of Module

To enable the student to develop and apply information skills and knowledge in a professional work placement.

Learning Outcomes for Module

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

1. To synthesise the contribution of the host department and placement job role to the placement organisation/provider.
2. To reflect on the knowledge and skills gained on the professional fieldwork placement.
3. To evaluate the contribution of theory to professional practice in the fieldwork placement.
4. To apply skills assessment and profiling tools to identify strengths and development areas for personal development and to produce a Personal Development Plan (PDP).

Indicative Module Content

Skills Assessment; Career Objective Setting; CV Writing; Reflective Writing; Personal Development Planning; Four-week placement experience, in an appropriate organisation, as an information/library professional.

Indicative Student Workload

Contact Hours

Full TimeDistance Learning
Assessment
2222
Seminars/Workshops
60
Tutor Support and mentoring
22

Directed Study

  
Directed study (CV writing and placement preparation)
3030
Directed study (skills assessment)
66
Directed study of web-based materials and activities
06
Personal Development Planning
2424

Private Study

  
Self-directed study
6060

Mode of Delivery

Full-time students: Pre-placement seminars/worshops and personal placement tutor support from academic staff during the placement period.
Distance Learning Students: Online topics/activities and tutor support (including discussion forums and chat sessions) from academic staff.


Assessment Plan

Learning Outcomes Assessed
Component 1 1,2,3,4

Reflective Report and PDP

Indicative Bibliography

1.Students will be guided to particular information sources related to preparation for the professional fieldwork placement experience including CV writing, skills assessment, personal development planning, reflective writing and report writing.

Additional Notes

Distance learning students who have current or recent relevant work experience, which has been approved by their Course Leader, may complete the coursework assignments by drawing on this experience rather than from completing a four-week full-time placement.

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