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PU5923: EXTENDED WORK-BASED PLACEMENT IN APPLIED HEALTH SCIENCES (2020-2021)

Last modified: 05 Aug 2021 13:04


Course Overview

This work-based placement elective offers a professional placement with a government/public, industrial, civic or voluntary 

health and/or development sector organisation. Students will undertake a ten-week placement with a host organisation, either within the organisation, remotely from Aberdeen, or using a combination of both. University of Aberdeen staff will co-supervise student placements. Placements are subject to availability and are offered on a competitive 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
  • Ms Corina Weir

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?

None.

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

 

This course consists of a student-led placement with a host organisation and joint University of Aberdeen supervision. Students will spend 200 hours actively working for a host organisation, over a ten-week period. In addition, students will: participate in six two-hour professional development workshops with the University (12 hours) and will: undertake work-related training with their host organisation; have project-focused and self-development focused meetings with their host organisation lead and Course Coordinator; and will spend time on self-study and preparation for assessments (a total of 88 hours). 

A placement applications process will take place during the January – March sub session. It will involve meetings with the Course Coordinator, discussions with potential hosts (including: 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 an individual role and assessments will be completed individually.


In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

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In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

Practical report: Workplace output

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 40
Assessment Weeks 47 Feedback Weeks 50

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Workplace output: The aim of this assessment is to facilitate the application of students’ academic knowledge and skills in a work environment and to enhance their experience. Students are asked to prepare a written report that documents the work they have been asked to undertake on behalf of their placement host organisation. It will include background information on the project, aim, methods, results/products, and implications of the work completed for the organisation.

The assessment will be marked using a practical report rubric and feedback will be given individually to students within 3 weeks of submission. 

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

Reflective report: Roles and responsibilities placement agreement

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 20
Assessment Weeks 38 Feedback Weeks 41

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Roles and responsibilities placement agreement : The aim of this assessment is to enable students to develop skills in agreeing roles and responsibilities with stakeholders and preparing agreement documentation (all transferable skills to enhance student employability). Students will be given a reflective report proforma and will detail information on their project plan, roles and responsibilities for them, the host organisation and the University, and a risk assessment. Students will then meet to agree with stakeholders and will be asked reflective questions based on their experiences of writing and discussing the placement agreement. The maximum word limit for the agreement reflective report is 1000 words, not including tables or figures.

The assessment will be marked using a marking guide and feedback will be given individually to students within 3 weeks of submission.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ProceduralCreateDevelop work placement roles and responsibilities; and negotiate these with all stakeholders. Undertake a risk assessment and prepare a formal agreement with the placement host

Individual Case study report

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 40
Assessment Weeks 47 Feedback Weeks 50

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Professional development, objective setting, appraisal, and skills matrices: The aim of this assessment is to provide students with opportunities to strategically develop a range of transferable skills, as well as our Graduate Attributes and to enhance student employability. This case study report assessment is in the form of an appraisal document, which consists of professional development components, including structured objectives and appraisals, plus before and after skills matrices. Students are provided with an appraisal proforma to complete for this report, and the maximum word limit is 1500 words, not including matrices, tables, figures or references.

The assessment will be marked using a case study rubric and feedback will be given individually to students within 3 weeks of submission. 

 

1,500 words

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Resit Assessments

Oral Exam

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 100
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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The method of resit for this course will be an oral examination lasting approximately 30 minutes.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ProceduralCreateDevelop work placement roles and responsibilities; and negotiate these with all stakeholders. Undertake a risk assessment and prepare a formal agreement with the placement host
ReflectionCreateCreate SMART action plans to achieve personal, employability and academic goals and objectives through recognition of strengths and areas for further development
ProceduralEvaluateCritically evaluate and describe the work of a health and/or development sector organisation as it is situated within the broader context of everyday life
ProceduralEvaluateDemonstrate evidence of the application of academic skills in the workplace, including collection of relevant data, synthesis, analysis, interpretation, and communication of outputs
ReflectionEvaluateEvaluate achievement of continuing professional development goals

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