Professional skills for placement and research

Description

This module is aimed at preparing the student for the Placement period and for research skills.

Aims

The aim of this Module is to provide the student with an opportunity to reflect on their current professional competencies and develop their professional/research skills and knowledge further.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.   Develop autonomy in prioritising areas of own learning specific to subject area

2.   Demonstrate competency in experimental design and data handling

3.  Develop employability by different methods including presentation techniques and evidence of achievements

4.  Plan to undertake a 10 week placement within a relevant organisation

Indicative Content

1 Briefing sessions

Issues re: induction, confidentiality, Health and Safety, realistic expectations and assessment. Prior to start of placement the student, employer and placement tutor will agree task(s) involved in the learning opportunities to be developed and expected outcomes.

2 Learning Objectives

Identify and justify own learning objectives prior to undertaking placement

3 CV Writing and Interview Skills and Techniques

4 Development of reflective learning techniques

5 Data Handling and Numeracy Skills

Basic statistics for food science: parametric tests: t tests, (independent, one sample, paired t-tests, Shapiro wilks normality test, Levene’s homogeneity of variance test); non parametric tests: Kruscal Wallis, Mann Whitney test; linear regression, test for associations

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

This module is designed to prepare the student for the placement experience and to develop data handling and numeracy skills. Students will recognise that whilst on placement they have to be flexible collaborators whilst reflecting on their own learning and progression in terms of knowledge, competence in practical skills and experience. At this stage students are expected to be motivated self-learners using the SMART model for setting their individual placement learning objectives based on sound personal judgement and reflection. Assessment comprises a placement preparation portfolio and statistics coursework.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 12
Tutorial/Seminar 12
Supervised Practical Activity 0
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 58
Independent 118



Guidance notes

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


Disclaimer

We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2019/10 , and may be subject to change for future years.