Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health Professions


Work-based Learning

Module titleWork-based Learning
Module codeHPDM047
Academic year2021/2
Module staff

Julia Baptista (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks



Number students taking module (anticipated)


Description - summary of the module content

Module description

In this module you will focus on applying the learning from youmasters study to your own work place or a work-related project. You will be encouraged to identify an area within your own practice where your studies are influencing, or has the potential to influence, healthcare. This will form the basis for a short case based portfolio of study. This portfolio will embed learning within the context of your own work environment and could relate to patient cases, education or research. Through critical analysis you will evaluate current evidence / practice and demonstrate skills in identifying barriers or facilitators to change and will provide recommendations to improve care / practice within your area.

Module aims - intentions of the module

This module explores the influence of new developments within the students own sphere of professional practice.  These will be discussed and key areas for further study will be identified.  The module aims to explore research in practice through critical analysis, evaluation of different types of evidence and through a short case based portfolio the students will develop recommendations to improve translate knowledge into tangible developments in practice.  This module will develop understanding of the complexities of introducing / advancing knowledge within practice whilst considering any relevant ethical issues and will enable students to explore strategies to improve the integration / translation of knowledge to improve healthcare.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Describe and critically evaluate an area within your practice that is being influenced by recent advances in knowledge or technology.
  • 2. Develop insight into the application of research into practice, including the barriers and facilitators to change.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 3. Evaluate the role of different types of evidence (eg publications, media, patient / staff experience), to inform public and professionals.
  • 4. Provide recommendations for your specific work area to improve integration of knowledge to improve practice / patient experience.

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 5. Critically reflect on personal practice to allow for personal development and change
  • 6. Respond to innovation and new technologies and evaluate these in the context of best practice and the need for improvements in health care delivery or research.
  • 7. Communicate accurately and effectively with peers, colleagues and tutors.

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan


Whilst the module’s precise content may vary, an example of an overall structure is as follows: 


  • Group discussion within the students work place or work-related project 
  • Identification of particular areas for study within the module relating to practice 
  • Refining of ideas / discussion of techniques of critical analysis 
  • Identifying different types of evidence relating to the topic area 
  • Discussion of portfolio plan   
  • Student presentation to group of preliminary findings (formative assessment) 


Learning and teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled teaching and learning6Lecture / Group discussion. Small-group discussion in tutorials and seminars may be replaced by synchronous group discussion on Teams/ Zoom; or asynchronous online discussion
Scheduled teaching and learning6Group discussion / Formative assessment (presentation) Presentations (e.g. PowerPoint-based presentation to group in face-to-face setting) may be replaced by PowerPoint-based presentation to the group using Teams/Zoom
Guided independent study5Preparation for scheduled teaching and learning
Guided independent study10Tutor guided online discussion forum
Guided independent study20Presentation Preparation (including plan)
Guided independent study63Independent critical analysis / evaluation developing recommendations
Guided independent study40Writing portfolio / recommendations


Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Presentation of case based portfolio of study 20 mins1-7Oral

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Portfolio 1002000 words1-7Written


Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Portfolio (100%)Rewrite of portfolio (2000 words)1-7Typically within six weeks of the result

Re-assessment notes

In the event of you failing a module, you will be given a chance to resubmit the failed components that led to the overall module failure. This will normally be within six weeks of the overall module result being known, except in the case of written and/or practical examinations which may take longer to reschedule. The module result will then be capped at 50.


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Work based learning, genomics/genetics

Credit value15
Module ECTS


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