Module code: COMM057

Module Overview

This module supports students’ development of personal and professional attitudes and abilities appropriate to a Professional Training placement. It supports and facilitates self-reflection and transfer of learning from their Professional Training placement experiences to their dissertation and their future employment. The module is concerned with Personal and Professional Development towards holistic academic and non-academic learning. Development and learning may occur before and during the placement. However, the graded assessment takes place primarily towards the end of, or after, the placement. Additionally, the module aims to enable students to evidence and evaluate their placement experiences and transfer that learning to other situations through written skills.

Module provider

Computer Science

Module Leader

MANULIS Mark (Computer Sci)

Number of Credits: 30

ECTS Credits: 15

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Practical/Performance Hours: 300

Module Availability

Year long

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Co-requisite: COMM057, Aligning Business Value with Research and Development Pre-requisite: COMM002, Dissertation

Module content

Indicative content includes:

• The module focuses on achieving the learning outcomes by offering, via the placement experience, the opportunity for students to nurture the employability skills that employers look for and to develop the professional identity, competencies and attributes that support the future employability outcomes for students. This development takes place in specified professional environments where work undertaken is directly relevant to the Masters degree that features this module. All programmes including this module offer the same opportunity to achieve the learning outcomes.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework REPORT 100

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate the learning outcomes regarding the successful acquisition of a Professional Training placement, and the acquisition of the employability skills and competencies that support students’ graduate employability outcomes.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of a report that assesses LO1 through L06. The report is completed at the end of the placement this report describes the student’s placement, the range of tasks they performed in respect to SFIA roles relevant to the Master programme, analyses their professional practices and work environment and provides a critical reflection on their personal and professional development. The Placement Report contains two elements; (a) a subject specific or technical section (word count ranges from 2,000 to 4,000 words depending on School/Department requirements); and (b) a section about the student’s reflection on their personal and professional development from the Professional Training placement (word count minimum is 2,000 words).

Formative assessment

Students will receive ongoing feedback from their employer, and from the University’s Visiting Professional Training Tutor during the three placement visits. This feeds into the development of the Reflective element of the Placement Report.

Module aims

  • This module aims to:
    Enable students to acquire and develop knowledge as it occurs in professional practice.
  • Apply academic knowledge to work activities and processes in practice.
  • Enable students to mature through the evaluation of their placement experiences.
  • Support students to develop and apply new skills appropriate to their professional setting in which they are working.
  • Enable students to develop the employability skills and attitudes/approach that employers look for and are required of a person working in a professional capacity.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 On successful completion of this module, students will be able to: Identify personal strengths CPT
002 Identify key personal and professional objectives in relation to PTY CKPT
003 Understand the organisation/s and how they themselves fit within it CPT
004 Apply academic knowledge to professional practice CKT
005 Understand and demonstrate appropriate professional behaviour PT
006 Evaluate their personal and professional development CKPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and practical experience covering the module aims and learning outcomes. The learning and teaching methods include:

• The learning and teaching methods are predicated on experiential learning through the placement experience itself.

• The mentoring, coaching and assessment role of both the workplace supervisor and the University’s Visiting Professional Training Tutor are focused on ensuring that students achieve the learning outcomes for the module; these relate to (1) personal and professional development, (2) evaluation of placement learning and (3) transfer of placement learning.

• The learning and teaching is supported by placement visits to the students on placement by a Visiting PT Tutor to support students’ critical self-reflection and learning and regular mentoring support via phone, email or teleconference.

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

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Other information


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