20 credits at level HE5
The purpose of this module is to enable the students to display their knowledge and understanding of civil engineering by applying the principles of what they have learnt on the Foundation Degree in a workplace context. All students will spend a period of time on the project, usually 8 - 10 weeks (a minimum of 4 weeks), in an industrial setting. Exceptionally, full-time students who are unable to find a suitable work placement will be given equivalent experience in a simulated environment.
This will involve;
1. Developing relevant skills and knowledge for the working environment, including time-management, independent working and continual professional development.
2. Observing and absorbing methods of best practice.
3. Integrating the knowledge and skills acquired from other areas of the course into a self-determined, practical project that will provide a cohesion of this material specifically within the context of the chosen placement.
4. Developing inter-personal and communication skills.
5.Students will be encouraged to produce a formal Personal Development Plan
The role of this Work Based Project is to integrate and apply the knowledge learned on the Foundation Degree to the work place thus providing the student with an holistic learning experience. To develop student motivation and higher level learning skills the module is student-centred with tutor support.
The brief for the project will be prepared by the student in conjunction with his/her mentor/employer and agreed with the module tutor. The choice of placement will be subject to the approval of the placement officer(s) who assumes responsibility for the management and operation of the module. An example of an appropriate placement would be within the offices of a Consulting Engineer.
For Full–time students, the brief for the project will be prepared by the student in conjunction with the module tutor and will be based on a case study.
This module is, by its very nature, intensely practical so the predominant teaching strategy is that students learn by doing.
The student must;
1. Produce a written Proposal Brief and Plan, which declares the expected progression and outcome of the project.
2. Maintain a weekly diary-log of the tasks carried out, problems encountered and any remedies tried.
3. Produce a portfolio of evidence of the overall development of the Project and also containing a personal assessment of the skills and knowledge acquired and developed during the placement.
Employers are asked to complete an Employer Report. In recognition of the fact that most employers are very busy, this will be structured as a simple and brief pro-forma. There is provision for the employer to offer constructive comments which assist in the grading of the student's work, and which are helpful to the student.
During the placement, the placement officer will regularly visit the student in order to assess the contribution to the employing organisation together with attitude and motivation and the skills acquired and developed.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Display a knowledge and understanding
of the modules on the course.
Apply principles and knowledge learned to
|2.||Develop skills and competences relevant
to their discipline.
Apply skills and competences developed to
the work place.
|3.||Appreciate and understand their own role
and limitations. Evaluate their own progress. Develop a Personal Deveopment Plan
Identify their role and know their responsibilities within the workplace. Reviews progress of project and amend plan where necessary. (The Personal Development Plan is not assessed)
|4.||Analyse current role and work place
opportunities for developing a project
Develop a suitable project brief and agree it
with employer and module tutor.
|5.||Understand the processes involved in
preparing a plan of work.
. Prepares a detailed plan for the project
identifying content and methodology to
|6.||Undertakes practical work and/or
Selects, prepares and presents information
as evidence of learning.
|7.||Develops information retrieval.||
Search for and identify relevant information
from a variety of sources.
|8.||Develops communication and personal management skills.
Produce a portfolio of evidence which complies with the project brief. Completes project on time.
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Work based project involving the preparation of a portfolio of work which will enable the student to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of civil engineering|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
Any relevant texts referred to in other modules, professional institution journals, academic journals and other publications e.g. Building, Construction News, Contracts Journal etc.
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