Work Based Learning Module

The details
Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences (School of)
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Postgraduate: Level 7
Thursday 03 October 2019
Wednesday 07 October 2020
30 April 2019


Requisites for this module



Key module for

CER B161MO Advanced Musculoskeletal Assessment and Practice,
CER B163MO Advanced Musculoskeletal Assessment and Practice (Hand Therapy),
DIP B161MO Advanced Musculoskeletal Assessment and Practice,
MSC B161MO Advanced Musculoskeletal Assessment and Practice

Module description

Work based learning is the bringing together of self-knowledge, expertise at work and formal knowledge. It takes a structured and learner-managed approach, maximising opportunities for learning and professional development in the workplace (Flanagan et al 2000).

Work based learning is designed to enable you to develop the skills you need to be a reflective practitioner. It also offers a means of linking theory to practice and, a means of valuing practice, as an integral part of professional education (Hargreaves 1996).

Work based learning places control over the learning process in your hands: you negotiate your own learning contract with your academic supervisor and practice supervisor. This will set out what you want to learn, what action you will need you take to achieve it, and what evidence will demonstrate that achievement (Walker and Dewar 2000).

Module aims

This module aims to provide you with an opportunity to:
• Tailor learning to you and your workplace’s needs
• Identify and reinforce existing knowledge and experience
• Gain academic credit for existing knowledge and skills
• Develop research skills in designing, delivering and disseminating work related projects
• Improve personal effectiveness through reflection

Module learning outcomes

This module aims to support work based learning initiated by you, as a student/practitioner; the learning is highly practice focussed and includes the evaluation and application of evidence-based theory to practice development. The module offers an opportunity to engage in and critically reflect on personal and work based experience.

Undertaking the module at Level 7 will enable you to

• display a mastery of complex and specialised knowledge and critical awareness of issues at the forefront of contemporary health care practice
• employ advanced subject specific and cognitive skills in order to advance practice in your area

and on successful completion of the module at level 7 you will be able to:

• Critically analyse and synthesise information from a range of sources, exploring emerging contradictions
• Synthesise and utilise knowledge to generate new ideas and advance current practice
• Demonstrate advanced judgement in problem identification, problem solving and decision making within your professional role
• Engage in self appraisal and critical reflection
• Lead effective communication with clients and colleagues in the development of practice

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

The learning outcomes for this module will be negotiated individually with students. The student will be advised to identify a practice based mentor to provide support and coaching via a learning contract. The learning contract will be negotiated at the beginning of the module between the student, the academic supervisor, and the practice based mentor, (if one has been identified). The learning outcomes set will be individual to the student, but may be based on a relevant professional, employment or subject specific framework. There will be no formal study sessions, however there will be tutorials offered to guide selection of the subject area for service improvement and to discuss progress with attainment of learning outcomes that have been set within the learning contract. Learning will be supported by a Virtual Learning Environment (moodle) where resource materials, and activities will be available to students.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Spring 2020 Registration - Learning Contract and Project Proposal      
Coursework   Spring 2020 Registration - Formative submission: Service Improvement Project and Reflective Commentary     
Coursework   Summative submission - Service Improvement Project and Reflective Learning Commentary    100% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Prof Jo Jackson, email:
To be confirmed following discussion with Module Lead



External examiner

Mrs Lorelei Maria Waring
University of Cumbria
Senior Lecturer and Musculioskeletal Ultrasonographer
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


Further information

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