SCI06018 2016 Work Based Learning Project

General Details

Full Title
Work Based Learning Project
Transcript Title
Work Based Learning
N/A %
Subject Area
SCI - Science
LIFE - Life Sciences
06 - NFQ Level 6
25 - 25 Credits
Start Term
2016 - Full Academic Year 2016-17
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Stephen Daly

There is an essential requirement for courses to contain elements, which will prepare students for the work-place. This is particularly true for directed, bioscience courses in which the courses provide a degree programme specifically aimed at employment in a laboratories. By providing an opportunity for students to experience professional laboratory work in either a medical or industrial environment this module will equip them with valuable skills and expertise for their future careers.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Discuss his/her contribution to the work place


Make Scientific observations


Explain how academic knowledge is utilised in the laboratory


Appraise laboratory data


Examine and categorise data, scientifically


Evaluate the benefits of work-based learning to his/her career


Explore scientific practice


Apply academic knowledge to the solution of problems


Propose explanations to scientific processes


Reflect on career options


Reflect on placement experience in view of self appraisal

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Participation in this module including assessment is primarily experiential.

Prior to the module, students are initially advised on work-based learning through seminars and individual sessions. Through the seminars, students begin the process of assessing their career intentions and reflect on the information they are provided.

While participating in work-based learning (WBL), students are supervised by a professional and will also be visited by a member of college staff to assess their progress. On commencing WBL, students participate in tutorials to consider their work-based priorities. During WBL, students undertake a portfolio supervised by a professional and assessed by an academic member of staff. It is at this stage that students are able to put into practice their academic and professional training in the laboratory. 

On completion of their placement, students are provided the opportunity to formalise their career aspirations in a written account of their work experiences and career intentions. Their supervisors will provide a detailed report which is discussed between the WBL tutor and the student and which also assists with career decisions.


Module Assessment Strategies

Coursework 1: Tutor’s Report (10%)

A report that is completed in conjunction with the student while completing the module and which covers specified objectives of work-based learning. 

Coursework 2: Supervisor’s Report (20%)

A report completed by the student’s supervisor, which assesses the progress of the student against specified criteria; the supervisor also provides comments. 

Coursework 3: Laboratory Notebook (10%)

A record of activities kept by the student while on work-based learning. This is to engender good laboratory practice and is expected to show descriptions of new procedures, results and conclusions drawn from results. {In certain circumstances, laboratories do not permit notebooks to be taken from the workplace; in such circumstances, supervisors are asked to assess the notebook}

 Coursework 4: Portfolio (25%)

During work based learning each student is required to compile a series of case studies or equivalent relevant to the specialist discipline in which the student is placed. The submitted portfolio is expected to show clear evidence of a proper scientific approach to laboratory work.

 Coursework 5: Student Report (15%)

Students are required to consider their career aspirations and, on recourse to career literature, present a written discussion on likely career paths.

Coursework 6: Seminar (20%)

Students participate in a group discussion, during which they are questioned by staff on their work-based experiences and are asked to provide advice to students preparing for such a module.

Repeat Assessments


Indicative Syllabus

Working within an area of biomedical and bio-industrial sciences, the Module aims to

To develop experience in specialised techniques; To provide experience in the professional dissemination of laboratory data; To provide mentoring in acquiring professional conduct and responsibility; To enable students to improve their personal and inter-personal skills and establish a career direction.

Theory: Developing knowledge of scientific processes and phenomena. 

Practical: Direct experience of a professional laboratory and its associated techniques.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Academic Supervisors Report Continuous Assessment Performance Evaluation 20 % OnGoing 1,2,3,6,10,11
2 Tutors/work based supervisors report Continuous Assessment Performance Evaluation 10 % OnGoing 1,2,3,6,7,10,11
3 Laboratory Notebook Continuous Assessment Performance Evaluation 10 % OnGoing 2,3,4,5,8,9
4 Portfolio Continuous Assessment Written Report 25 % Week 12 1,2,3,4,5,9
5 Student Report Continuous Assessment Written Report 15 % Week 12 7,10,11
6 Seminar/Group Discussion Continuous Assessment Interview 20 % Week 12 3,6,7,8,9,10,11

Part Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Directed Learning Distance Learning Suite Supervision 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Data Gathering/Report Writing 15 Weekly 15.00
Total Part Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Online database resources including ABI Global Package, Business Source Premier; PubMed Central, Web of Knowledge: ISI Proceedings, Web of Knowledge: ISI Web of Science.


Students will also be directed to relevant up-to-date literature.