Module Information

Module Identifier
EDM8360
Module Title
Professional Practice Portfolio
Academic Year
2018/2019
Co-ordinator
Semester
Semester 3 (Dissertation)
Other Staff

Course Delivery

 

Assessment

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Written assignment 1  1 x 2,000-word written assignment: statement of personal learning objectives, based on the specific work / placement / organizational context, National Occupational Standards, (where applicable / available), and relevant competencies that the student wishes to improve and enhance.  10%
Semester Assessment Written assignment 2  1 x 2,000 word written assignment: a detailed proposal for the work-based or placement intervention.  10%
Semester Assessment Oral presentation  Oral presentation on their detailed proposal to an audience of peers and instructors (x2), followed by questions. Only instructors will be involved in assessment.  5%
Semester Assessment Portfolio  15,000 word professional practice portfolio  75%
Supplementary Assessment Written assignment 1  A mark below 50% in any assignment will result in the student having to re-do the failed element(s). 1 x 2,000-word written assignment: statement of personal learning objectives, based on the specific work / placement / organizational context, National Occupational Standards, (where applicable / available), and relevant competencies that the student wishes to improve and enhance.   10%
Supplementary Assessment Written assignment 2  1 x 2,000 word written assignment: a detailed proposal for the work-based or placement intervention.  10%
Supplementary Assessment Oral presentation  Oral presentation on their detailed proposal to an audience of peers and instructors (x2), followed by questions. Only instructors will be involved in assessment.  5%
Supplementary Assessment 15,000 word professional practice portfolio  75%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Reflect upon their learning in order to critically evaluate their own practice;

Integrate theoretical perspectives in the delivery of professional practice;

Critically evaluate the nature, quality and validity of evidence and its application to practice;

Consider and evaluate implications of research findings for future development both personally and within the profession

Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the principles or work-based learning and competency-based professional development.

Demonstrate an advanced understanding of practitioner-led enquiry, action research methodologies, and the ethical position of the practitioner-researcher.

Verbally present a detailed proposal to an audience of peers and instructors and provide sound justifications for their proposal when questioned.

Brief description

The module also aims to encourage students to take ownership of their personal, professional and academic development and utilize this to enhance their practice. Students will be required to undertake an action research project or practitioner-led intervention, based in a work or placement setting and evidence this in the form of a portfolio. Critical reflection in relation to current practice and professional roles will be an integral part of the portfolio, and preparatory assignments. Evaluation of current research findings and exploration of the possibilities and implications for future development both personally and within the profession will be encouraged.

The preparatory phase of the module will offer students the opportunity to research, scope and plan their field of work-based study, and identify the learning outcomes upon which they will base their portfolio.

One of the assessed outputs during the early phase of the module will be a proposal for the student'r professional development portfolio which will be based on an action research project based on a practitioner intervention at their workplace or placement setting. The methodology, intervention and learning outcomes of the project will be agreed by the student, the supervisor and the workplace or setting at the end of the preparatory phase of the module.

Content

The professional practice portfolio will consist of evidence from an action research project or practitioner-led intervention based in a work or placement setting. The action research project or intervention, including the methodology and learning outcomes of the project, will have been agreed by the student, the supervisor and the workplace/setting by the end of the preparatory phase. The student will also have been made aware during EDM8220 that if he or she wishes to graduate with a named certificate, the portfolio must relate to the theme that he or she has followed throughout the MA. Students will be required to meet with their supervisors at least once a fortnight when practical.
Session during the initial, preparatory phase of the module will include:

1. Key Concepts in Work-based learning (2 hours).
2. Competency-based learning and professional development (2 hours).
3. Practitioner-led Enquiry, Action Research and Ethics (2 hours)
4. Designing a work-based intervention (2 hours)
5. Structuring your portfolio (2 hours)
6. Oral presentation of draft proposal, followed by peer and instructor question and answer session (3 hours)
7. Planning your project (2 hours)
An additional seminar of 2 hours will be provided to support students in preparation for their oral presentation

Aims

Following Part One of the MA in Childhood Studies and Professional Practice, students will progress to Part Two where they can choose to follow a `research route? or a `work based or professional practice route?. This module will be a core requirement for those students opting to take the `work based or professional practice route?. This `Professional Practice portfolio? module will offer the opportunity to compile a 15,000 word portfolio of professional practice, and will also be assessed by three preparatory assignments, during the initial phase of the module.

The early part of the module is designed to prepare students for their portfolio assignment by covering key concepts in work-based learning. It will cover the competency-based approach to professional development favored by sector skills bodies and government workforce development frameworks, and where available consider Level 7 National Occupational Standards relating to students? chosen disciplines. It will also introduce students to methodologies in work-based research such as action research and practitioner-led enquiry. As such it will build on students? understanding of the reflective and evidence-based practitioners covered in the core Childhood: Theory and Professional Practice module.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Students may need to work with or present data where appropriate
Communication The ability to communicate clearly, both orally and in writing, will be an essential element of the portfolio. Students will need to develop logical and clear argument and show an aptitude for the effective use of information in a direct and appropriate way.
Improving own Learning and Performance The ability to reflect upon one’s own progress and identify and act upon one’s own development needs will be essential throughout this module.
Information Technology Students will need to use appropriate ICT throughout their portfolio, particularly in the case of data analysis if this is necessary.
Personal Development and Career planning Students will need to continuously reflect upon their own practice and consider their personal development
Problem solving Students will need to show efficiency in the organisation of large amounts of complex information and the ability to identify, describe and analyse the key features of the information
Research skills Students will need to use research skills in order to explore the practices they include in the portfolio
Subject Specific Skills Students will need to demonstrate the skills necessary for working in a professional practice
Team work Whilst out on placement, students will be required to work with others and reflect upon this in their portfolio.

Notes

This module is at CQFW Level 7