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Bachelor of Business (Honours) in International Business
MODULE NFQ
Level 8
MODULE CREDIT UNITS
ECTS: 5
MODULE TITLE
Work Based Learning
Reference Code: BB8 813
STAGE
Award
Spring Semester 2
12 Weeks Flexible delivery
-100 hours in the workplace)

Work Based Learning Module

Work Based Learning Introduction

Unit Introduction 

  • Introduction to the module.
  • Links with work /organisation.
  • Communication.
  • Creating a good impression.

In order to achieve the learning outcomes successfully and pass the work based learning module,

Learners must fulfill the following tasks:

  • Identify an appropriate organisation and agree a topic to be investigated with the organisation and have it approved by the College Coordinator.
  • Attend pre-placement workshop, culminating in the submission of individual Learning Objectives prior to the work based learning period commencing.
  • Produce and submit a detailed work based learning report.
  • Give a presentation of the learning from the work based experience.

Developing as a Reflective Practitioner

Developing as a Reflective Practitioner

  • Reflection (how understanding of the issue/problem evolved).
  • What has been learnt that will inform future actions.

Learners should adopt a reflective practice approach to their learning experiences over the work based learning duration.

They should:

  • Apply course based learning into practice.
  • Adopt an inquisitive approach.
  • Reflect on their own skills, attitudes and responses, values, actions whilst on placement.
  • Increase self-awareness – gain greater insight into their personal attributes, strengths and weaknesses and how these impact on their practice.
  • Demonstrate an openness to new learning, to self-improvement.

Work Based Learning Roles and Responsibilities

Roles and Responsibilities

  • As a learner.
  • Organisation.

Learners are expected to work in a professional manner and adhere to the working arrangements and practices of the organisation where they carry out their work based learning project.

Areas of professional attitude include:

  • Punctuality
  • Appropriate Dress
  • Interaction with other staff
  • Interaction with individuals, groups and wider community
  • Good work practices
  • Time Management
  • Confidentiality

Minimum Intended Learning Outcomes (MIMLOs)

Upon successful completion of this module, the learner should be able to:
LO 1
Apply knowledge and skills gained in the study of this programme's syllabus.
LO 2
Demonstrate a critical understanding of the host organisation, its aims, ethos, business model and management systems
LO 3
Research a management related business issue agreed by the organisation and college.
LO 4
Write, present and discuss material that articulates ideas, insights and analysis and reflect on the learning and process.
LO 5
Demonstrate enhanced communication, interpersonal, organisational skills and build self-confidence and self-esteem working in a group environment.

Assessment

MIMLOs
Assessment
Percentage
LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4
Work Based Learning Report Section
60%
LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4
Reflective Learning Section
20%
LO5
Presentation
20%

Assessessment Description

Written Reports & Presentation

Learners are required to prepare a report which will have two sections:

  • Section 1 (60%) will describe the organisation, its aims, ethos, business model and the business issue under review and make recommendations about how the issue can be addressed. The report should be typed, laid out and paginated in a professional manner. (2000 words approx.)
  • Section 2 (20%) – will be a reflection on the experience and learning in this module. Much of the work based learning module requires research, reflection on practice and liaising with work place staff teams and supervisors. The focus of this section is to record the learning journey experienced by the Learner. The journal itself is not submitted for assessment, but it is a necessary information source for the Reflective Learning Report Section which is submitted for assessment. (500 word approx.)
  • On completion of their placement, each student will give a brief presentation (20%) based on their reflective learning report where they will give an overview of their key learning experiences.

Aims & Objectives

The aims of this module are to provide an experiential learning context that will consolidate and integrate the programme modules.  It is designed to provide the learner with the opportunity to complete a relevant project for an organisation (public, private or voluntary).

The learner will identify an issue within the organisation that merits investigation and draw upon a wide range of specialised or conceptual information in order to formulate a response appropriate to that issue.

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