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ECM3439 - Independent Study (2019)

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MODULE TITLEIndependent Study CREDIT VALUE15
MODULE CODEECM3439 MODULE CONVENERUnknown
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS 0 12 0
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) 15
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content

The IT field is broad and no course can hope to address all aspects of professional IT as it is practised today. You are likely to encounter subjects that are of interest but not covered in detail by the course. This module offers a way for you to explore subjects that are of interest to you in a self-directed manner. After choosing this module you will select a topic to investigate. The mode of investigation can take a number of forms; supervision will be provided by an academic mentor who can offer guidance in the selection of a suitable topic and will help you to structure your investigations. At the end of your study you will document your findings in a report and outline them in a presentation. The topic of study should not be one that is covered in other modules, and it should be different from the topics you address in the reflective practice and synoptic project modules.

AIMS - intentions of the module

This module allows you to investigate and write about a topic of interest in depth.

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES (ILOs) (see assessment section below for how ILOs will be assessed)

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

Module Specific Skills and Knowledge

1, Conduct effective research, using literature and other media, into IT and business related topics.

2. Fluent in written communications, able to articulate complex issues.

Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge

3. Make concise, engaging and well-structured verbal presentations, arguments and explanations.

4. Further learning outcomes for the module will be agreed in advance between the apprentice, employer and academic mentor. The learning outcomes to be achieved will depend on the chosen topic, but will be broadly in line with the outcomes documented for the apprentice’s occupational specialism. Any form of investigation or research will be permitted, provided that it is appropriate for the topic in question and the apprentice can make a case successfully to the employer and academic mentor.

Personal and Key Transferable / Employment Skills and Knowledge

5. Communicate orally and in writing

6. Think analytically and critically

7. Organise your own work

8. Work to a deadline

9. Make decisions

10. Conduct independent research

 

SYLLABUS PLAN - summary of the structure and academic content of the module

Independent study

•          Choosing a topic

•          Methods of investigation

•          Conducting your study

•          Interpreting results

•          Writing up

•          Presenting your results

LEARNING AND TEACHING
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities 0.00 Guided Independent Study 150.00 Placement / Study Abroad 0.00
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS
Category Hours of study time Description
Guided independent study 150 Independent research; meetings with academic mentor
     
     

 

ASSESSMENT
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT - for feedback and development purposes; does not count towards module grade
Form of Assessment Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Proposal 2 pages 1,2, 5-10 Written comments
Academic mentor discussions Every 2-3 weeks 1-10 Oral
       
       
       

 

SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
Coursework 75 Written Exams 0 Practical Exams 25
DETAILS OF SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
Form of Assessment % of Credit Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Report 75 7,000 words 1-10 Written
Presentation and oral exam 25 25 minutes 1-10 Oral
         
         
         

 

DETAILS OF RE-ASSESSMENT (where required by referral or deferral)
Original Form of Assessment Form of Re-assessment ILOs Re-assessed Time Scale for Re-assessment
Report Report (100%) All Completed over summer with a deadline in August
       
       

 

RE-ASSESSMENT NOTES

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be deferred in the assessment. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you may be required to sit a referral. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of referral will be capped at 40%.

RESOURCES
INDICATIVE LEARNING RESOURCES - The following list is offered as an indication of the type & level of
information that you are expected to consult. Further guidance will be provided by the Module Convener

ELE: http://vle.exeter.ac.uk

 

Reading list for this module:

Type Author Title Edition Publisher Year ISBN Search
Set Saunders, M. N. K., Lewis, P., Thornhill, A. Research Methods for Business Students 6th Pearson 2012 9780273750758 [Library]
CREDIT VALUE 15 ECTS VALUE 7.5
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES None
CO-REQUISITE MODULES None
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) 6 AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Friday 22 January 2016 LAST REVISION DATE Tuesday 10 July 2018
KEY WORDS SEARCH Independent study