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PU5923: EXTENDED WORK-BASED PLACEMENT IN APPLIED HEALTH SCIENCES (2023-2024)

Last modified: 01 May 2024 13:16


Course Overview

This work-based placement elective offers a professional placement with a civic, government, industrial, public, research or voluntary health and/or development sector organisation. You will undertake a ten-week placement with your host organisation, either within the organisation, remotely from Aberdeen, or using a combination of both. Placements are subject to availability and are offered on a best match basis.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Summer School Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Heather Morgan
  • Mrs Emily Cleland

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

The aims of this course are to:

  • Enhance student experience
  • Provide students with an authentic learning opportunity
  • Enhance student employability
  • Enable students to acquire professional knowledge and understanding of the daily work, strategic priorities, objectives and functions of a health and/or development sector organisation
  • Facilitate student application of academic skills in a work environment
  • Provide students with opportunities to strategically develop a range of transferable skills, as well as our Graduate Attributes (www.abdn.ac.uk/graduateattributes/)

This is a project-based course, the content and structure of which is largely student-directed. Students will contribute work activities for your host organisation (16-20 hours per week over ten weeks = 160-200 hours) and teaching and learning for this course will also involve a combination of host organisation and University-facilitated structured education (22 hours through 11 compulsory two-hour University personal reflection and professional development training sessions, plus work-related training and meetings with your placement host and course staff (8 hours), with the remaining hours devoted to self-study and preparation for assessments (totalling 70-110 hours).

A placement allocations process will take place during the January – April sub session (over academic weeks 26-40). It may involve meetings with the course staff, discussions with placement hosts (potentially including filling out surveys, submitting expressions of interest; CV sharing; informal interviews (where required) and appointment confirmation) ahead of the course start date.

Some placements will be group-based, but each student will be assigned individual roles and assessments will be completed individually.


Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers


Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 30 August 2024 for 1st half-session courses and 20 December 2024 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Report and Project Plan, Summary or Abstract

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 20
Assessment Weeks 46 Feedback Weeks 49

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Feedback

Written feedback provided via rubric and comments and final grade.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualEvaluateEvaluate and describe the work of a health and/or development sector organisation as it is situated within the broader context of everyday life.
ProceduralCreateDevelop work placement roles and responsibilities and negotiate these with all stakeholders.
ProceduralCreateUndertake a risk/needs assessment and prepare a formal agreement with the placement host.

Any one of the following: report; infographic; poster; slide deck; blog post; podcast; social media

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 40
Assessment Weeks 1 Feedback Weeks 4

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Feedback

Written feedback provided via rubric and comments and final grade.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualCreateDemonstrate evidence of the application of academic skills in the workplace, including collection of relevant data, synthesis, analysis, interpretation, and communication of output.

Reflective Report

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 40
Assessment Weeks 1 Feedback Weeks 4

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Feedback

Written feedback provided via rubric and comments and final grade.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ReflectionCreateSet and review skills/attributes and create SMART action plans to achieve personal, employability and academic goals and objectives through recognition of strengths and areas for further development.
ReflectionEvaluateReflect on contribution to organisation.
ReflectionEvaluateEvaluate achievement of continuing professional development goals.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Resit Assessments

Oral Exam & Presentation

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 100
Assessment Weeks 5 Feedback Weeks 6

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Feedback

Outcome will be communicated by email.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ReflectionEvaluateEvaluate achievement of continuing professional development goals.
ProceduralCreateUndertake a risk/needs assessment and prepare a formal agreement with the placement host.
ReflectionCreateSet and review skills/attributes and create SMART action plans to achieve personal, employability and academic goals and objectives through recognition of strengths and areas for further development.
FactualEvaluateEvaluate and describe the work of a health and/or development sector organisation as it is situated within the broader context of everyday life.
ProceduralCreateDevelop work placement roles and responsibilities and negotiate these with all stakeholders.
ConceptualCreateDemonstrate evidence of the application of academic skills in the workplace, including collection of relevant data, synthesis, analysis, interpretation, and communication of output.
ReflectionEvaluateReflect on contribution to organisation.

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