module specification

FC6W52 - Work Related Learning for Media 2 (2020/21)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2020/21
Module status DELETED (This module is no longer running)
Module title Work Related Learning for Media 2
Module level Honours (06)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Computing and Digital Media
Total study hours 150
70 hours Placement / study abroad
71 hours Guided independent study
9 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 30%   Work Related Learning Agreement (1000 words)
Coursework 70%   Reflective Portfolio (2500 words)
Running in 2020/21

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Autumn semester North Thursday Afternoon

Module summary

This module enables students to undertake a short period of professional activity and to gain credit for their achievements. The activity can be employment, a work placement, professional training, volunteering in the not-for-profit sector, or where available, within a Virtual Business Environment within the University.

It is expected that the student should work for a minimum of 70 hours, for which they will be required to provide evidence. The 70 hours can be completed in 10 working days in a full-time mode during the summer (where available), or spread over a semester in a part-time mode. Additionally, learners may in some cases be able to utilise their existing part-time / vacation employment providing they can demonstrate that it is personally developmental and involves a level of responsibility (decided upon submission of the role details by the Module Leader). 

The work based learning activity should enable the student to build on previous experiences and learning gained within their academic course and elsewhere. It should provide learning opportunities for personal development.  The student is encouraged and supported in developing the ability to identify applied knowledge and skills that enhance their work performance, ensure their continued improvement and apply theory to practice as appropriate.  The learner should develop improved understanding of themselves, and the workplace through reflective and reflexive learning.

● Students will be contacted soon after they register for the module (e.g. June for those registered for October) to ensure they understand the requirements and are able to find suitable activity
● The University must ensure that suitable health and safety requirements are in place and the work activity needs to be approved by the module team before they start the role.  The suitability of the opportunities will be assessed on an individual basis.  
● Where required, students will be supported in finding suitable opportunities and with all aspects of their job search and applications.  The Careers and Employability Team will work with Faculty teams to provide this support.  However, it is the student's’ responsibility to obtain suitable employment, and roles cannot be guaranteed.

Prior learning requirements



 The syllabus will focus on preparing students for employment through to reflecting on their personal gains from the placement.  In addition professional guidance (as required for those learners seeking suitable employment) in a group or one-to-one basis will be provided.

● Suitable work related learning options  LO4
● Job search strategies and the labour market  LO5
● Job application and selections approaches (e.g. CVs, application forms, interviews)  LO5
● Articulating their abilities effectively  LO1, LO2
● Professionalism and workplace ethics  LO5
● Being a critical employee  LO5
● Health and safety in the workplace  LO4
● Critical self-reflection  LO3, LO4
● Setting personal learning goals / learning contracts  LO1
● Meeting the learning outcomes whilst undertaking work related learning
● Meeting the assessment requirements of the module
● Support available during the work related learning
● Planning long and short term career goals  LO5

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

All aspects of the module preparation, learning and assessment are design to enhance students’ abilities to progress in their chosen careers and develop critical awareness to the job market and workplace.

1. Introduction, role search and workshop

Preparatory workshops will outline the requirements and demands of the module, assist students in diagnosis of their abilities, help make decisions about suitable work areas and ensure they are able to produce appropriate job applications and CV’s as required. 

Those seeking employment will be required to take up the additional support provided on job search and application strategies by The Careers and Employability Team will work closely with Faculty teams.  In addition to advertised roles, students will be encouraged to find their own opportunities speculatively. The University will build links with local businesses to source suitable work experience vacancies which (in addition to any opportunities to study within a Virtual Business Environment where available) will be advertised on a student portal.  When applying for roles, candidates will go through an appropriate selection process which will be competitive. This will foster an appreciation of employability requirements sought by industry.  It is the students’ responsibility to obtain suitable employment, and roles cannot be guaranteed. 

2. The approval of work related learning

When a work related learning opportunity is gained, students are required to complete the following (forms are online on the module page on WebLearn):
● Work Related Learning Notification Form: outlining the role and the ‘employer’. (In the case University based projects; students will be supervised by an academic with additional supervision, support and feedback from a work related learning team.)  Following submission of this form, that activity will be appraised for suitability i.e. that it is personally developmental, allows students to use initiative and demonstrate responsibility. 
● Where working for an external organisation – uploading of a copy of the employing organisation’s “Employer Liability Insurance”
● Early in the role the “Work Related Learning agreement”. The learning agreement form will identify and specify:
o your personal learning goals for the work related learning module assessment
o completion of the Health and Safety questionnaire

3. The work related learning activity

● The majority of the module will be supported work-based and distance learning.  Supporting materials and detailed assessment criteria will be uploaded to WebLearn.  Each student will be assigned an academic supervisor who will provide University based and distance support as required. 
● During the experience, students are required to keep a regular record of the activities they have carried out to include in their assessment. 

4. Assessed portfolio and feedback

● We will contact the employer/client/supervisor to request completion of a feedback to evaluate the knowledge and skills demonstrated by the student.
● The student is required to submit a reflective learning portfolio, re-visiting their set learning goals which they set out in their Work Related Learning Agreement.  This will summarise their knowledge gains, reflect on their learning and the experiences and develop action plans for the future. The portfolio should include a brief weekly reflective log of the work related learning activity.

Learning outcomes

The learning outcomes are generic to be flexible to a variety of workplace contexts (in accordance with the QAA Chapter B10, 2012).  On successful completion of this module students will have demonstrated that they can:
1. Evaluate their experiences in the workplace, particularly where they have demonstrated autonomy and innovation and critically reflect on the significance of the professional skills and competencies developed to their graduate career goals.
2. Identify and debate challenging scenarios experienced in the workplace and suggest appropriate resolutions, via application of appropriate theory.
3. Evaluate the contribution they have provided to the organisation and critically analyse complex problems encountered, in the role and how they applied appropriate knowledge to provide effective solutions.
4. Assess complex work environments and professional codes of conduct and draw conclusions on their effectiveness.
5. Critically reflect upon how their work and study experience relates to their long-term personal, career and academic development and action plan in relation to their graduate career goals.

Assessment strategy

The module is assessed via formative and summative elements and includes the following:

1. Work Related Learning agreement

The Work Related Learning Agreement is completed once the work related learning has been approved and students have commenced the activity.  They will be required to set five personal, work related goals (based on the module learning outcomes) and a brief critical analysis of why they selected this particular role.  These goals will be agreed by the tutor and should be referred to in other elements of the assessment. 

2. Reflective portfolio with any supporting evidence

Students will be required to maintain an ongoing reflective diary of their work related learning experience. This should be completed weekly for the duration of the activity and incorporated into the reflective portfolio.

At the end of their placement students will be required to complete 2500 word reflective report on their work related learning experience. This report should a) reflect on and critically appraise the student’s progress towards achieving the targets set out in the work related learning agreement; b) critically discuss the context of their work related learning experience, and c) critically reflect on problems and achievements during the work related learning experience.

3. Feedback from the line manager / client / supervisor

The student’s employer / line manager will be asked to provide feedback to evaluate the knowledge and skills demonstrated by the student, their performance and attendance.


Final deadline for the submission of a correctly completed Placement Notification form (not assessed, but essential for the placement employment to be appraised and approved):
● For those undertaking the placement over the summer (where available) at least one week before the placement / summer break commences
● For those undertaking the placement during the semester, by the end of Week 3.

The Work Related Learning agreement is due on Week 4, Day 5 or an agreed date during the summer

The reflective portfolio is due on Week 15 day 4 of the semester in which the module is taken.

The assessment on this module is 100% coursework and marked in accordance with the university REGULATIONS.

Formative assessment will be provided:
● During the initial workshop, for example: whether students’ current employment meets the module requirements and guidance on their job search strategies
● During one-to-one appointments with Careers Consultants as appropriate on their job search strategies, CV, application techniques, mock interviews, skills audits and with placement tutors
● Ongoing support and formative feedback provided by the tutor throughout the term of the placement for each assessment submission.

Summative assessment:
● The overall mark for the reflective portfolio with detailed feedback
● The overall mark and feedback for the employer assessment and any additional comments

Opportunity will be provided for a de-briefing following the placement and discussion of assessment feedback.


Core Reading:
Durrant A, Rhodes G, Young D, (2011), Getting started with university-level work based learning, 2nd edition, Libri Publishing, London

Additional Reading:
Cottrell, S (2010) Skills for success: the personal development planning handbook  2nd Ed, Palgrave Macmillian, Basingstoke
Fanthome C (2004) Work placements : a survival guide for students Palgrave Macmillian, Basingstoke
Herbert I and Rothwell A (2005) Managing your placement, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke
Kirton B (2012) Brilliant workplace skills for students and graduates Prentice Hall, Harlow
Lumley M and Wilkinson J (2014) Developing employability for business Oxford University Press, Oxford
Moon J (2004) A Handbook of reflective and experiential learning: theory and practice Routledge Falmer, London
Rook, S. (2015) Work Experience, Placements and Internships (Palgrave Career Skills), Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke
Scherer A (2012) Brilliant intern Prentice Hall, Harlow
Trought F (2012) Brilliant employability skills Prentice Hall, Harlow

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