Module details for Professional skills for placement and research


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


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

4.  Plan to undertake a 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 CV Writing

3 Development of reflective learning techniques

4 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


Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 12
Tutorial/Seminar 12
Practical Activity 0
Assessment 58
Independent 118
Total 200

Guidance notes

SCQF Level - The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

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.


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 2021/22 , and may be subject to change for future years.