SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M1N226335
Module Leader Caroline Tuff
School School for Work Based Education
Subject SCWBE
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)
  • B (January start)-C (May start)
  • A (September start)-B (January start)-C (May start)
  • A (September start)-B (January start)
  • C (May start)-A (September start)

Summary of Content

This-6 module-5 -1 integrates-5 the-5 knowledge-6 -1 and-6 skills-6 that-6 the-5 student-6 -1 has-6 -1 developed-6 -1 in-6 -1 other-6 modules-5 -1 in their programme.-7 The-6 module-7 requires-6 the-7 student-6 to-7 -1 undertake-5 -1 independent-6 research-7 in their workplace to enable them to plan an investigative -1 project-5 -1 based-7 -1 in-6 their-7 -1 workplace on an identified issue .


The-7 following-6 key-6 -1 areas-6 -1 will-7 -1 be-6 considered: -426-1b7 Reflective-15 -1 practice -426b7 Using library systems -426-1b7 Effective-18 -1 presentation -1 b7 Clarifying project aims and objectives b7 Literature-13 review b7 Developing a project management plan Time management

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module the student should be able to:-1. Describe an identified workplace problem to investigate with reference to appropriate literature and supported by evidence.2. Express a project aim and objectives.3. Identify, analyse and select a range of appropriate resources to support their investigation4. Develop an action plan with key milestones.5. Compose a rationale to explain choices

Teaching / Learning Strategy

This work-based module adopts a blended approach to learning which combines face to face contact, through classroom based tutorials and/or webinars, and online learning via GCU's virtual learning environment, GCU Learn. The teaching and learning strategy encourages an active and self-directed approach to learning. In the context of a work-based ethos, teaching and learning methods use real world and real work scenarios to promote inquiry and problem based learning in a collaborative learning environment. Students will be expected to take an objective stance and use a wide range of evidence to support their arguments, for example academic theories/theoretical perspectives/concepts/techniques/principles/rules and regulations in order to frame and analyse actual work-based problems. Learners will be supported during the module by the module team including module tutors and the IRO Learning and Development team as well as dedicated GCU academic members of staff including Academic Development Tutors (ADT's). Module tutors act as facilitators of learning and assessment and also determine the level and accuracy of knowledge acquisition at key points in the delivery. They also support students to identify relevant work activity that can operate as a source for work-integrated learning and assessment. ADTs provide support for academic writing and the development of study techniques. Both formative and summative assessment strategies will be adopted during the module. Formative assessment is used as a foundation upon which students can build towards their summative work. Formative opportunities will be used to provide developmental feedback to enhance students' learning and academic writing. The summative assessment will enable students to demonstrate their learning in relation to the module learning outcomes in a work-based context.

Indicative Reading

BELL, J., 2018. Doing your Research Project. 7 th ed. Buckingham: Open University Press COUGH, P. & NUTBROWN, C., 2012. A Student's Guide to Methodology . 3 rd ed. Sage Publications Ltd DENSCOMBE, M., 2017. The Good Research Guide . 6 th ed. Buckingham: Open University Press RUGG, G. & PETRE, M., 2007. A Gentle Guide to Research Methods . Maidenhead: Open University Press. THOMAS, G., 2017. How to do Your Research Project: A Guide for Students in Education and Applied Social Sciences . 3 rd ed. Sage Publications Ltd WILSON, J., 2014. Essentials of Business Research: A Guide to Doing Your Research Project . 2 nd ed. London: Sage Publications

Transferrable Skills

-426b7 Reflection b7 Independent learning b7 Professional behaviours b7 Written communication skills b7 Information retrieval skills: library and internet research skills b7 Problem solving b7 Time management skills b7 Applying theoretical principles to workplace

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (PT) 40.00
Lectures (PT) 7.00
Independent Learning (PT) 128.00
Seminars (PT) 25.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 100.00 40% CW: Project Management Plan with accompanying narrativeWord Count: 3000 wordsAddressing all LOs