SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 60.00
ECTS Credit Points 30.00
Module Code M3C926378
Module Leader Adrian Pierotti
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

SCQF 8 in Biological Sciences or similar subject

Summary of Content

This module focuses on extending students' learning experience by providing them with an opportunity to undertake a trimester long placement, appropriate to their academic level, in the workplace. The student will take responsibility for finding and securing a placement that may be in an industrial, public or research laboratory but will be supported by academic staff during the process and will approve the placement prior to any work being undertaken. The placement will allow students to consider their potential employment choices and suitability for a laboratory-based career and will afford the opportunity to gain transferable skills appropriate to the workplace.


Each placement will be unique but should allow students to become familiar with basic laboratory skills in their chosen discipline.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to:1. Plan and implement an work placement in collaboration with the work organization2. Maintain an accurate record of workplace activity3. Critically evaluate and reflect upon performance, abilities and achievements in the workplace 4. Relate the skills developed during the placement to enhanced employability5. Demonstrate consistent and appropriate communication with placement supervisor(s)

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Suitable work placements offer students a range of learning opportunities appropriate to their academic level and career aspirations and should be, wherever possible, related to their subject specialism. The placement should enable the student to build on previous experiences and learning gained during earlier years of their academic programme. Tutorial sessions delivered with the support of careers service staff will advise on CV preparation and a letter of approach engaging with employers and making the most of the placement experience At the end of the module students will identify and evaluate the skills which they have developed during the placement which may include: communication (oral and written); problem-solving; team work; IT; presentational; personal development and reflection; organisational; time management using a skills evaluation template.

Indicative Reading

Student will be guided by the module leader and by the employer, according to the nature of the placement.

Transferrable Skills

Transferable skills acquired within this module will depend on the nature of the placement but may include; Independence and enterprise Interpretation of practical instructions Time management Interaction with other members of a laboratory team Good laboratory practice Health and safety management Recording and communication of data -359

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 10.00
Independent Learning (FT) 580.00
Tutorials (FT) 10.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 04 n/a 0.00 40% Employers Report (Pass/Fail)
Course Work 01 n/a 60.00 35% Written report of 5000 words describing the organisation within which the placement was carried out, and evaluating the work undertaken
Course Work 03 n/a 20.00 35% Reflective evaluation (1000 words)
Course Work 02 n/a 20.00 35% Oral presentation