SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHB923182
Module Leader Lisa Forrest
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Occupational Therapy
  • C (May start)-A (September start)
  • S-C (May start)-A (September start)
  • A (September start)

Summary of Content

The Negotiated Learning Module is an online module that enables students to develop skills as independent learners as preparation to study at masters level. As part of the module students explore current issues related to the profession of occupational therapy or physiotherapy. This will be dependent on the programme of study that students applied to gain entry to. Students also design and undertake a project through the negotiation of a set of learning outcomes to be achieved through independent learning; work-based learning; distance learning or directed study; or a combination of these. The module framework is credit-rated at 20 credit points at Honours level. A module action plan (MAP) will be developed and submitted to the relevant subject tutor who will provide feedback on the content of the module action plan. When the module action plan is agreed students will implement the action plan by undertaking a project which is allocated 100% of the marks for the module. The Learning Outcomes within the module action plan will enable students to carry out a project around an agreed topic/theme in the subject discipline of sociology, psychology or physiology or in relation to professional practice. The subject discipline that student projects will focus on would have been discussed and confirmed as part of the interview process.


-360 - Understanding outcome based learning - Constructing appropriate learning outcomes - Identifying and sourcing relevant resources - Planning and delivering a project within agreed timescales - The subject area syllabus will be agreed in the module action plan. - The syllabus is established according to the agreed module action plan

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to:1 Design and critically evaluate a personally meaningful learning programme (3.3,4, 4.4, 4.6, 8, 8.1, 11, 11.1,11.2,14.4, 14.11, 14.12, 14.21) 2 Demonstrate a critical understanding of the nature of learning outcomes (3.3, 11, 11.1, 11.2, 14.4, 14.11)3 Identify and appraise methods of investigation utilising and evaluating a range of learning resources (3.3,11, 11.1, 11.2, 14.4, 14.5, 14.11, 14.22, 14.23)4 Evaluate the usefulness of learning resources (3.3,4, 4.4, 11, 11.1, 14.4, 14.11, 14.12, 14.13, 14.21, 14.22, 14.23)5 Demonstrate a responsibility for learning appropriate to Honours level study (3.3, 4, 4.4, 4.6, 8, 8.1,14.14, 14.21,14.22, 14.23)6 Demonstrate the ability to integrate theory and practice through evaluation and completion of the agreed project (3.3,4, 4.4, 4.6,8, 8.1, 11, 11.1, 11.2, 12.1,14, 14.4, 14.11, 14.12,14.13, 14.14, 14.21, 14.22, 14.23)

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The module is based on the process model of education, is student centred and requires the student to study the chosen subject independently. The overall learning strategy will be one of structured independent learning. Its focus will be that of enabling students to take responsibility for their own learning. Guidance will be provided to students on the process of planning and assessing independent learning as well as discipline based knowledge. There will be an element of negotiation between the student, an agreed subject supervisor and the module leader. Students will have access to continuing support as they undertake their Module Action Plan.

Indicative Reading

Bell, J. 2010, Doing Your Research Project,5 th edn, Open University Press, Milton Keynes. Moon, J. 2002, The Module and Programmes Development Handbook, Kogan Page, London Subject area texts to be agreed in Module Action plan, for example for psychology, sociology, physiology and professional practice the indicative reading would be as follows: For Psychology: Heffernan, T.M. 2005, A Student's Guide to Studying Psychology, 3 rd edn, Psychology Press, New York. Sternberg, R. J., Sternberg, K. 2011, The Psychologist's Companion: a Guide to Scientific Writing for Students and Researchers, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. Walker, J., Payne, S., Jarrett, N., Ley, T. 2012, Psychology for nurses and the caring professions, 4 th edn, Open University Press, Berkshire. For Sociology: Barry, A.M. & Yuill C. 2012, Understanding Health: A Sociological Introduction, 3 rd edition, London; Sage Blakemore, K., Warwick-Booth, L. 2013, Social Policy: An Introduction, 4 th edn, Open University Press, Berkshire. Giddens, A., Sutton, P.W. 2013, Sociology, 7 th edn, Polity Press, Cambridge. Mooney, L.A., Knox, D., Schacht, C. 2010, Understanding Social Problem,. 7 th edn, Wadsworth, Belmont. White, K. 2008, An Introduction to the Sociology for Health and Illness, 2 nd edn, Sage, London For Physiology: Martini J.L., Bartholomew, N., Bartholomew, E.F. 2011, Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology, 9 th edn, Pearson Tortora G.J. & Derrickson, B.H. 2012, Introduction to the Human Body: Essentials of Anatomy & Physiology, 9th edn, Wiley & Sons, Singapore. For Professional Practice Denscombe, M. 2008, The Good Research Guide for small-scale social research projects, 2 nd edn, Open University Press, Maidenhead. Grix, J. 2010, The Foundations of Research, 2nd edn, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke. Punch, K.F. 2005, Introduction to Social Research: Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches, 2 nd edn, Sage Publication, London.

Transferrable Skills

-360 - Understand and interpret information through reading and experience - Locate and critically evaluate information from a wide range of sources - Work effectively both independently and co-operatively as a member of a team - Make effective use of different communication media for different purposes, both academic and professional

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 175.00
Tutorials (FT) 5.00
Assessment (FT) 20.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 100.00 40% 3000 word report