SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M1I325086
Module Leader n/a
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Cyber Security and Networks
  • C (May start)

Summary of Content

The module is concerned with the development of a solution to a realistic work based problem relevant to the Graduate Apprentice (GA) role within the workplace and level of study. It will involve the utilisation of the knowledge and skills developed throughout the GA role within the workplace and current level of study in producing an appropriate solution to a work based problem. The emphasis of this module is on: understanding the contribution which digital technologies and skills relevant to the GA's area of study are making to current global business and society, and how these are changing and developing; understanding the development lifecycle practiced by professionals in their area of study (e.g. the software application development lifecycle and its constituent parts; the cyber security landscape and threat environment); gaining an insight into the organisational structures and business functions within which the modern professional associated with their current role operates and their current role. GA's should also consider the behavior's and issues associated within their workplace and working practices, and how they as individuals function as part of their workplace environment. The project will be undertaken on an individual basis, however, the work completed within the module may require the GA to work with a group of individuals within the organisation. The GA will most likely assume the role of a project member taking into account their relative experience at this stage in their role. They should, however, have a role of responsibility on the project or may also work on a small individual project / piece of work. The GA on submission of a project specification and approval of the specification prior to the module commencing is expected to develop and follow a project plan and its constituent processes and activities under direct supervision of a work based supervisor and guidance of the module tutor as well as and work in a self-motivated way within defined schedules, working towards well defined deliverables that meet the project aims and objectives. GA's are expected to develop confidence in their ability to work with others on analysing and creatively solving problems, and evaluating their work within the context of the original project requirement. This module will ground students in project management, problem solving, team working skills, and the use of reflective practices to support personal and professional development. The primary assessable outcome of the project will be an artefact appropriate to the problem set, developed through significant coordinated practical work, together with supporting documentation. The percentage of Work Based Learning for this module, as represented by the Independent Learning "Activity Type", is 61%. The percentage of Work Based Assessment for this module is 100%.


The Individual at Work -360b7 Team working -360b7 Time management b7 Independent working and self-reliance b7 Communication skills b7 Presentation skills b7 Personal reflection and review Work and the Workplace -360b7 The 21st Century Workplace -360b7 Professional practices and life cycles b7 Enterprise and organisational types and structures b7 Business functions b7 Corporate values and responsibilities b7 Diversity at work and mobility considerations Digital Technologies and Society -360b7 Digital Enterprise, Digital Culture and Digital Society b7 Case Studies b7 Trends and Developments Introduction to Careers and Employability -360b7 Careers profiles and pathways -360b7 Graduate Attributes and Enhancing Employability b7 Careers information sources and resources b7 Guest external speakers and Guru seminars from industry practitioners and employers

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module, students should be able to:1- Use relevant defining technical and enabling soft skills to follow a project plan and appropriate lifecycle process within a work based environment to solve a problem relevant to the programme of study.2- Develop an understanding of the structure, function and operation of the modern workplace, the opportunities and roles and technical and transferable skills required for success.3- Demonstrate an awareness of how digital technologies and know how relevant to the GA's programme of study interact with business, society, and culture.4- Utilise reflective practices to support personal and professional development and demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate in both written and oral form.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Work based education aims to maximise the direct and digitally mediated contact time with students by practicing teaching and learning strategies that use authentic work based scenarios and encourage action learning, enquiry based learning and peer learning. All these approaches aim to directly involve the students in the process of learning and to encourage sharing of learning between students. The module team will determine the level and accuracy of knowledge acquisition at key points in the delivery, inputting when necessary either directly or with the support of external experts who will add to the authenticity, the credibility and application of the education and learning in the workplace. The course material and overall project guidance approach will be introduced through seminars/workshops and online lectures. The seminars will be used as project supervision, monitoring and support sessions with each individual project group, and for the explanation and elaboration of lecture material and overall project guidance and support. A significant portion of the student's independent learning is expected to be spent in group based situations developing elements of the problem solution, typically while working as part of a team within the workplace. Students may use elements of work-related activity to underpin the learning on this module. To support students in undertaking group activities use will be made of GCULearn to provide study materials. Additionally the interactive features of GCULearn will be utilised to support group learning outwith scheduled class time. GCULearn facilitates group interaction through discussion forum, file sharing, blogs, wikis and journals. Students will also be encouraged to make appropriate use of social media and collaboration tools.

Indicative Reading

Moon J Making Groups Work (Student Edition), Higher Education Academy Subject Centre for Education West M (2004) Effective Team working, BPS Blackwell Moran (2005) Career Builders Toolkit, Cisco Press Prospects Web Site: Inside Careers guide to the IT profession: (via) E-Skills Sector Skills Council Careers: Braton, J., Sawchuk, P., Forshaw, C., Callinan, M. & Corbet, M. (2010) Work and Organisation Behaviour, Palgrave Macmillan Burns, P. (2008) Corporate Entrepreneurship: Building an Entrepreneurial Organisation, Palgrave MacMillan CBI / Universities UK (2009) Future Fit - Preparing Graduates for the World of Work, CBI Cottrell, S (2010) Study Skills for Success. The Personal Development Planning Handbook, Palgrave Macmillan Hind, D.W.G (2005) Employability Skills, Business Education Publishers Mullins, L.J. (2011) Management and Organisational Behaviour, 9th edition, Prentice Hall Noon, M & Blyton, P (2007) The Realties of Work, Palgrave MacMillan

Transferrable Skills

Critical thinking and problem solving. Communication skills, written, oral and listening. Effective Information retrieval and research skills. Computer literacy. Self confidence, self discipline & self reliance (independent working). Awareness of strengths and weaknesses. Appreciating and desiring the need for continuing professional development Reliability, integrity, honesty and ethical awareness Ability to prioritise tasks and time management (organising and planning work). Interpersonal skills, team working and leadership. Presentation skills. Commercial awareness (Narrative)

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Seminars (FT) 24.00
Assessment (FT) 18.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00
Independent Learning (FT) 134.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 100.00 40% Project Artefact with accompanying documentation and presentation(s)