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Work-Based Learning


  • Credit value: 30 credits at Level 5
  • Convenor: Professor Anita Walsh
  • Assessment: a project proposal (20%), progress report (20%), presentation (20%) and final project report (40%)

      Module description

      This module will provide you with the opportunity to exercise the skills you have acquired on your course through undertaking a project based in your workplace. Please note: you must be in current employment or undertaking voluntary work to be able to complete the assessment for this module. 

      Through this experience you will have the chance to develop and demonstrate a range of professional skills, such as project planning and presentation skills. In addition, you will be able to apply theory that you have been taught to a 'real-life' project.

      For most of the module you will undertake independent work, during which you will be supported by a supervisor from the College (you will meet with them periodically and be supported online). However, at the beginning of the module and at stages as you work through it, you will take part in some workshops, which will:

      • prepare you for planning and undertaking your project
      • give you the chance to report on your progress, both formally through a report and informally through group discussion
      • provide you with the opportunity to make a PowerPoint presentation outlining your approach to your project and your findings
      • let you know other students' experience of their projects so that you can gain insights into the kind of things people explore and how they go about it.

      Learning objectives

      By the end of this module you should be able to:

      • identify key elements of a project and design a project plan which adequately addresses these
      • compare methods for obtaining data and choose a methodology appropriate for the nature of the project
      • select relevant academic knowledge and apply it to the workplace
      • select techniques of evaluation and use these to evaluate data collected
      • monitor and evaluate project progress
      • act as an independent learner, developing your own judgement and evaluating your own development
      • use appropriate IT applications to research and present your work.