WB0716 - Work Based Dissertation

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What will I learn on this module?

This module is designed to promote your personal development and a range of inter-personal, intellectual and practical (functional) skills based on and demonstrated through an individually negotiated real-time work-based dissertation that will be of benefit to your employing organisation. It seeks to raise your awareness of the workplace as a learning environment, extend your capability and enhance your individual effectiveness, employability and business competitiveness. It will focus on organisational-based issues and seek to develop your skills in the diagnosis of problems, research and analysis. You will develop strategies to address problems and techniques of presentation. You will demonstrate that appropriate ethical, commercial, confidentiality and data protection issues are taken into consideration. You will be expected to reflect on the learning derived from carrying out the dissertation.

How will I learn on this module?

This module will employ a wide variety of teaching and learning strategies including lectures, seminars, independent learning and a formative presentation to your peers and academic tutor. The quality improvement activity will be negotiated between you, your tutor and the appropriate person in your organisation.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be supported by way of a negotiated series of seminars at which you will be directed and guided through the various stages of implementing a work-based dissertation. In addition you will receive tutorial support (choice of face-to-face, skype, telephone or e mail) from your academic tutor and supervisor. Your work based advisor will be your point of contact for any issues relating to your organisation and your work. You will also be able to share ideas with peers on the discussion board on the University’s eLearning Portal (Blackboard).

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
• Demonstrate a critical understanding of their organisation’s key drivers and how their chosen quality improvement project addresses organisational issues arising within the remit of their professional role.
• Plan and strategically manage a real time project within an agreed framework dealing with complex and unpredictable situations, making informed judgements and managing dilemmas, and value-conflicts which include those, that impact outside the immediate work area and organisation

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

• Critically analyse and apply appropriate theories, frameworks and principles and take an ethical and critical approach to ideas and assumptions in use and consider issues beyond the immediate area of practice
• Critically evaluate the areas relating to the project, drawing upon and developing concepts, models and theories to demonstrate innovative thinking, presented through high level oral presentation and a written report.

• Make recommendations within the final report for own professional development, the organisation and for the discipline; and regarding these recommendations, propose a strategy for implementation.

How will I be assessed?

Formative Assessment:
Presentation of project to peers and academic tutor for verbal and written feedback.

Summative Assessment:
The intrinsic nature of work-based learning will be incorporated into the assessment strategy by encouraging learner autonomy, collaboration and reflection on practice.

The culmination of this process is the submission of a 15,000 word report; which will be submitted along with any relevant supporting evidence in accordance with the subject of the project and the area of practice. This will reflect your personal and professional development, intellectual growth and journey of learning.

The report will demonstrate the application of a broad base of knowledge, experience and new learning to a range of workplace problems, dilemmas and value-conflicts within and beyond their area of responsibility

Pre-requisite(s)

This module will be based upon targets and outcomes agreed in preparatory activities (normally through the Preparation for Project Management module WB0715).

In addition you must:
• be employed in or have access to an organisation within which the dissertation can be located
• be working at an occupational level that will enable you to undertake learning at the level required by the dissertation module
• have the support of your employer or the organisation in which the dissertation is to be located, in the form of time, resources and advice
• identify and have access to a work-based advisor who is able to help, advise and support you and to critically comment on the progress and outcomes of the dissertation.

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

In this dissertation module, you will identify an issue that provides the opportunity for personal, professional and organisational development and improvement, then plan and implement a negotiated real-time project.

The project will focus on key drivers in your area of practice, presenting you with the opportunity to research and stay up-to-date with pertinent issues, thereby significantly enhancing career progression. Also of value will be the development of diagnostic skills, enquiry and analysis, development of strategies to address problems, and presentation techniques.

You will reflect upon learning derived from implementing the project within the summative 15000 word report.

Activities will include seminars, workshops and group discussions at University as well as workplace engagement with the support of your work-based advisor. Your academic supervisor will be available in person, via email, telephone, Skype or any other technology- enhanced method, as agreed. Your tutor will work closely with you to ensure you develop the appropriate skills, confidence and autonomy to accept responsibility and accountability for developing and managing the process.

Course info

Credits 60

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 3 years part-time
1 other options available

Department Social Work, Education & Community Wellbeing

Location Coach Lane Campus

City Newcastle

Start September 2019

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