|Module Code:||ES8402||ECTS Credits:||15|
The literature on work integrated learning (WIL) is clear in identifying the need for programmes of learning to integrate assessment with the needs and viewpoints of the relevant stakeholders i.e. the students, the educational institution and the employers. It can be an excellent method of providing opportunities for extending the learning (theoretical) commenced by students at the educational institution into the learning environment of the workplace. Definitions of work-based learning include:
'1 learning for work, 2 learning at work, 3 learning from work.'
(Seagraves et al 1996)
Consequently students must demonstrate their understanding of the culture of the workplace, the norms of workplace practice and the skills and competencies which will enable them to be innovators and effective team members. These include both the hard skills or technical competencies and the soft skills such as the application of theory to practice (Dunn et al. 2012)
The focus of this module therefore is the application of the theoretical frameworks in terms of the overall learning of the modules completed in the previous part of the course and skills and competencies that are vital for effective and efficient working in the environment of the workplace.
The module will focus on the personal skills necessary for creativity, innovation and project management.
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
- demonstrate how theoretical learning from this module and other relevant modules in the programme may be applied to the workplace environment
- identify the necessary skills and sub-skills necessary for innovation in the workplace
- document essential elements of workplace culture
- identify their own goals for the work placement
- Identify their educational values with a view to focusing on personal learning outcomes for the work placement
- Document their own skills, talents and competencies
- Equip themselves with the critical skills necessary to evaluate their experience
- Demonstrate personal responsibility and independence
Method of Assessment
4,500 word essay (80%)
1,500 word personal statement (20%)