module specification

SM5W50 - Work Based Learning for Media (2023/24)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2023/24
Module title Work Based Learning for Media
Module level Intermediate (05)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Computing and Digital Media
Total study hours 150
25 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
68 hours Guided independent study
27 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
30 hours Placement / study abroad
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 50%   Reflective portfolio
Coursework 50%   2000 word critical reflection
Running in 2023/24

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

Module summary

This module enables students to develop employability skills and competencies, understand the nature of work, and work toward developing a portfolio of skills and competencies to facilitate the transition into graduate level employment. The module combines a series of taught classes combined with practical work-based learning opportunities (i.e. placements, internships, client briefs, group work related projects) to be provided in conjunction...with external employers and organisations.

Students will, individually or as a group, engage in work-based projects or activities in collaboration with external agencies and employers, Such projects or activities will have clear and defined outcomes and expectations, for example the production of marketing material, videos, photography or online content appropriate  for media or media-related industries and facilitative of work and/or careers in them. Appropriate work-based learning opportunities and projects will be advertised by week 5 although it  will also be possible for students to engage in projects acquired in other ways with the approval of the module leader. Participation in university-advertised projects will sometimes be based on competitive applications.

A series of taught classes will support progress through the module and will usually be timetabled for the first 8 weeks of it.  An additional session in week 12 will encourage reflection and engagement in assessment activities. The module aims to enable students to:

1. Consider their employability in relation to graduate careers goals, through the development of professional competencies and knowledge through work experience.
2. Develop and/or increase critical, self-reflective ability and self-efficacy.
3. Demonstrate theoretical concepts and transferable competencies and deploy them in a practical, problem-solving way.
4. Gain understanding of current issues, practices and relevant legislation within a particular and relevant organisational contexts.
5. Build personal networks, explore employment options and consider future career plans.


The curriculum will follow a nine-week taught programme. All students will be required to attend at least the first five weeks of teaching, following a curriculum designed to develop work related learning skills, critical reflection skills, and engagement with the work-related learning experience.

From weeks 6 - 11 students will be engaged in completing their work-based activities under supervision

In week 12 all students will be required to attend a taught session to reflect on their experience and to submit their first assignment.

Issues addressed during the curriculum include:
● Suitable work-related learning options
● Job search strategies and the labour market
● Job application and selections approaches (e.g. CVs, application forms, interviews)
● Articulating their abilities effectively
● Professionalism and workplace ethics
● Being a critical employee
● Health and safety in the workplace
● Critical self-reflection
● Setting personal learning goals / learning contracts
● 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


Learning Outcomes LO1 - LO 4

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

Teaching methods include lectures, seminars/discussion groups, audio-visual presentations, field trips, and guest presentations. Students will be expected to attend lectures and take notes; attend organised trips and arrange independent trips to film festivals or other events; students will be expected to read from primary and secondary sources and to use seminars and tutorials to raise issues and seek feedback. Students will either undertake project work or be involved in personalized career development activities.

A blended learning strategy will be employed to enhance the learning experience, facilitate communication between students and tutors and develop collaboration among students. The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) will be used as a platform to support online activities including on-line discussions, evaluation of online resources, and access to electronic reading packs. The VLE will also be used to facilitate formative assessment and related feedback, as well as a tool to integrate useful online learning materials provided by research institutions, academic publications, professional organisations and other relevant sources.

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 work environment, particularly regarding autonomy, innovation and critical reflection on the significance of the professional skills and competencies developed in view of 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 problems encountered in their work and how they applied appropriate knowledge to provide effective solutions to such problems.
4. 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. Reflective portfolio with any supporting evidence (Week 12)

Students will be required to produce a portfolio of work produced as part of the group project with which they are engaged and a clear reflective report outlining their contribution to the project.

1. Critical reflection on the work related learning experience (week 15)

Students will be required to produce a 2000 word critical reflection on their work related learning experience that will engage with their personal development, engagement with the module, and positive outcomes from the experience.


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

Online careers information

London Metropolitan University

Other resources appropriate to the placement and determined by the Employer Supervisor and Subject Tutor.