module specification

FC5W51 - Work Related Learning (2020/21)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2020/21
Module title Work Related Learning
Module level Intermediate (05)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Computing and Digital Media
Total study hours 150
 
5 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
91 hours Placement / study abroad
24 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
30 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 100%   WRL Portfolio with Evidence
Running in 2020/21
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Spring semester North Not applicable -
Autumn semester North Not applicable -

Module summary

This module consists of a short work placement (or work-related activity) lasting over one semester. This usually translates into 12 to 15 full working days (or the part time equivalent of this) in the framework of 150 hours (15-credit module) considering some time for reflection, research and documentation. The work placement is facilitated by University’s Careers and Employability Team. The module enables students to undertake an appropriate short period of professional activity, usually related to their course at level 5 (Intermediate level), with a business or community organisation and to gain credit for their achievements. The activity can be student’s part-time job, a volunteering activity, employment activity, an activity within Londonmet, an activity related to client’s brief or business start-up activity.

The module aims to provide students with the opportunity to:
• gain a useful experience of the working environment.
• undertake a real work-related activity/project appropriate at level 5.
• enhance and extend their learning experience by applying and building on their  
  academic skills and abilities by tackling real life problems in the workplace.
• enhance professional and personal development.
• develop and document employability related skills

Syllabus

There is no standard syllabus for the module and the learning outcomes are developed in the subject-based context of the work-related learning. A “learning agreement” is produced by the student in consultation with his/her work placement line manager at the start of the work-related activity. Allocated Academic Supervisor (or Module Leader) approves the learning agreement that specifies the ways (activities) through which the learning outcomes are achieved and evidenced. 
In general, a typical work-related activity involves following elements:

• Transferable skills (e.g. communication, problem solving, teamwork) LO1
• Relevant Technical skills and knowledge LO2
• Reflective learning and critical appraisalLO3
• LSEP (Legal, Social, Ethical, and Professional) issues associated with the work-related activity LO4

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

The module is supported by Work Related Learning support team in collaboration with University’s Career and Employability Team. The team undertakes pre- and post-placement induction and debriefing sessions and provides on-placement support though email, telephone contact, drop-in sessions and individual appointments.

1. Pre-WRL and Induction
Students attend pre-WRL session before the start of the module for a head-start, i.e. to assess suitability of their part-time jobs, placement preferences, CV write-up, job searches, interview skills etc. Within first two weeks of the module students secure their placement (or switch to other optional module where possible) and undergo formal module introduction and induction sessions before starting their placement. These sessions introduce students to the requirements and demands of Work Based Learning, assists them in the diagnosis of their abilities, helps them make decisions about suitable work areas.

2. Approval
Each student’s case is be evaluated by the WRL support team and the Module Leader. When a Work Related Learning opportunity is gained, i) an on-site employer supervisor is identified ii) student completes a “Learning agreement” form in consultation with allocated academic supervisor, iii) other essential forms such as Health & Safety Check List, Employee Insurance, Student Contract etc are secured and signed-off by the WRL support team. Student starts the placement once all required forms are approved.

The Learning Agreement form identifies and specifies the
• task(s) involved in the placement;
• skills, abilities an attributes to be developed and demonstrated, together with the associated assessment criteria;
• learning opportunities for the development of the expected outcomes;
• evidence required to demonstrate attainment of the outcomes.

3. The Work Related Learning
During the placement, students need to keep a learning log, keep a record of the activities carried out in the placement, reflect on it and reference them to the agreed learning outcomes in the placement learning agreement.
Where is possible, the academic placement supervisor visits the student once at the work place during the placement. This is to get feedback from the workplace supervisor on the performance of the student. Student may brief his/her academic supervisor couple of times over the semester through email (or one to one meeting) as an option to a formal visit. This provided an opportunity for a student to ask feedback from the academic supervisor.

4. WRL Portfolio and formal feedback
The student needs to submit a Work Based Learning portfolio (Learning Agreement, Learning Logs, Final Report, Employer’s Feedback) at the end of the placement. These enable the student to summarize the placement experience, reflect on their learning and the experiences gained from the placement and to develop action learning plans for the future.
The Portfolio assessment can be both formative and summative:
The formative process includes Learning Agreement, the regular maintenance of a structured Learning Log. This allows the student to plan and monitor their progress, to reflect on and learn from their experience, and to improve their performance during the placement. Formative assessment/feedback also includes the regular comments from workplace supervisor and academic supervisor during the placement period.
The format and emphasis of each final report, which may vary between different placements, is drawn up in consultation with the Academic Supervisor who also gives guidance on its content. Assessment by the Academic Supervisor is based on the report's organisation, presentation, clarity and technical content and will stress analytic and reflective skills

The employer or workplace supervisor will provide an end-of-placement feedback on the student’s performance and attendance. In the case of student(s) placed on client’s brief, the business client will provide a formal feedback on the individual (or team) performance, measuring understanding of project specifications / communication and presentation of project deliverables (or agreed iterative stages of deliverable) / time-management / project presentation and documentation.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the module the student should be able to:
LO1: Demonstrate attainment of new transferable skills or application of existing transferable skills
LO2: Learn new technical skills and knowledge or apply the learnt technical skills and knowledge directly relevant to his/her course at level 5
LO3: Reflect upon and critically appraise the work undertaken for personal and professional development and plan for further improvement
LO4: Appreciate and understand key LSEP (Legal, Social, Ethical, and Professional) issues relevant to his/her work-related activity

Assessment strategy

The assessment on this module is 100% coursework (WRL Portfolio with Evidence).
The key elements of the WRL portfolio are:
i) Learning Agreement – an agreed plan between a student and allocated Academic Supervisor (or Module Leader) articulating how work-related actives will be mapped to module’s learning outcomes and what evidences will be considered for assessment. The process is formative in nature but the finalised agreement will be taken into account as part of portfolio submission.
ii) Learning Logs (a.k.a Reflective reports) - short weekly/fortnightly logs of work-related activities uploaded on University’s VLE (WebLearn) for monitoring of engagement and possible formative remarks. These activities are linked to module LOs and may contain examples, screenshots etc. [almost all LOs]. This is mainly summative in nature.
iii) Final Report - a detailed document proving full account and critical appraisal of the work-related activity in its entirety. [LO1 to LO4]. This is summative in nature.
iv) Feedback Report – a report from employer (e.g. workplace supervisor) outlining his/her opinion about student’s engagement, learning, contribution and achievements [mainly LO1 and LO2]. This is summative in nature.

WRL portfolio (submitted by the set deadline on Evision) is marked by the Academic Supervisor as per the given marking scheme. The marks before publication are internally moderated by the Module Leader also ratified by the External Examiner in line with the University guideline.

Bibliography

Core Text:
• Ruth Helyer (2015), The Work-Based Learning Student Handbook (Palgrave Study Skills), Palgrave Macmillan, ISBN-10: 9781137413840
• Steve Rook (2016), Work experience, placements and internships, Macmillan Education/Palgrave, ISBN: 1137462027
• Frances Trought (2017), Brilliant employability skills: how to stand out from the crowd in the graduate job market, Pearson Education, ISBN: 9781292158914
• Andrew Ede (2019), Technology and Society: A World History, Cambridge University Press, ISBN-10: 1108441084
• Roger Brownsword (2019), Law, Technology and Society, Routledge, ISBN-10: 0815356463

Other Texts:
• John Neugebauer and Jane Evans-Brain (2009), Making the most of your placement, Sage, ISBN: 9781446202586
• Andrew Scherer (2011), Brilliant intern : how to get the best internships and make them count, Prentice Hall, ISBN: 0273757210
• Jim Hordern, Catherine A. Simon (2017), Placements and work-based learning in education studies: an introduction for students, Taylor and Francis, ISBN: 1317558588
• Sarah Bell, Caroline Baillie (2011), Engineers, Society, and Sustainability, Morgan & Claypool, ISBN-10: 1608457893

Journals:
• New technology, work, and employment, Wiley Online Library, ISSN: 1468-005X
• Work and occupations, Sage Publications, ISSN: 1552-8464

Websites:
• University Careers and Employability: https://student.londonmet.ac.uk/jobs-and-employment/career-and-employability-advice/

Social Media Sources:
• Linked In- https://www.linkedin.com/feed/

Other:
• Lynda - https://www.lynda.com/