SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 40.00
ECTS Credit Points 20.00
Module Code M3N226345
Module Leader Caroline Tuff
School School for Work Based Education
Subject SCWBE
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)

Summary of Content

The work based learning project module has been designed to integrate some of the knowledge and skills that the student has developed through their participation on the BSc Railway Operations Management programme and apply it to an identified work based issue to improve business efficiency. It requires the student to produce a piece of work that reflects their own business interests through the selection and definition of an appropriate project and progressing it to a satisfactory conclusion. The student will identify an appropriate topic in negotiation with their tutor(s) and develop a Project Proposal. The chosen topic should offer potential to improve business efficiency. The project should be investigative in nature and involve the student in gathering information from a range of sources, which includes primary data, secondary data and reading in the subject matter. On the basis of their analysis of findings the student should be able to propose recommendations to improve business efficiency. On the completion of the project the student should reflect on their performance in relation to managing the project and meeting the aim of their investigation.


The syllabus is negotiated: dependent on subject/discipline focus of project. Core: b7 Experiential Learning b7 Reflective Practice b7 Writing a Project Proposal b7 Researching and Literature Reviewing b7 Gathering Primary data b7 Negotiating project content b7 Writing a project report b7 Delivering a presentation

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module the student should be able to:-1. Develop a Project Proposal on an identified topic, providing a rationale and setting out aims and objectives and scope of investigation.2. Identify, access and use information/data to discuss key issues and make judgements in relation to the identified topic.3. Gather and use some primary data to identify/discuss issues in an ethical manner in the exploration of the chosen topic.4. Formulate evidence based recommendations to potentially improve practice 5. Reflect on their performance in relation to managing the project and meeting the aim of their investigation.6. Design and deliver an oral presentation on the key findings and implications of the investigation.

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 DENSCOMBE, M., 2017. The Good Research Guide . 6 th ed. Buckingham: Open University Press COUGH, P. & NUTBROWN, C., 2012. A Student's Guide to Methodology. 3rd ed. Sage Publications Ltd OEJI, P., RUSS, D. & POT, F. D., 2017. Workplace innovation?: theory, research and practice . [Online]. Cham, Switzerland: Springer. RUGG, G. & PETRE, M., 2007. A Gentle Guide to Research Methods. Maidenhead: Open University Press. SAUNDERS, M. N. K., LEWIS, P. & THORNHILL. A., 2016. Research methods for business students . 7 th ed.. Harlow: Pearson Education. THOMAS, G., 2017. H ow 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

-425b7 Reflection and reflective writing b7 Self-manage learning and work in a self-directed manner. b7 Planning, monitoring, reviewing and evaluating own learning and development b7 Communication skills: literacy and numeracy b7 Critical thinking, assessment and evaluation skills -425b7 Retrieval and analysis of information -425b7 Problem solving and decision making b7 Negotiation, time management and forward planning skills -426b7 Applying theory to practice

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (PT) 245.00
Assessment (PT) 100.00
Tutorials (PT) 55.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 02 n/a 30.00 35% CW2: PresentationDuration: 15 MinutesAddresses: LO5 & LO6
Course Work 01 n/a 70.00 35% CW1: Project Proposal and ReportWord Count: 5500Addresses: LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4