3.2. Learning Outcomes

The learning outcomes should be clearly defined and may need to be broader/less specific than is usually found in taught modules to accommodate a range of work placement options.

Example learning outcomes are:

At the end of the module students will:

  1. Have increased their ability to relate academic theory to the work environment.
  2. Have developed identified work related skills.
  3. Be able to critically evaluate their learning from the placement.
  4. Have enhanced their career knowledge.
  5. Have planned, carried out, evaluated and reported on a project.

  1. Relates to both to theory the students have already studied in their course and also that which they will study on return from placement.
  2. Relates to skill development which should reflect the cognitive, transferable and subject specific skills as described in the Programme specification and/or Professional body requirements.
  3. Relates to students identifying the value of their learning under 1 and 2 for their return to university, their future career and other aspects of their life.
  4. Relates to how the placement has affected their career plans, not only in terms of specific jobs, but also in terms of the working environment and type of work i.e. individual vs team, office based vs field based, project work vs standard protocol work.
  5. Relates to the process of carrying out a project. Whilst the project itself will be a key assessment tool for this learning outcome, students should be encouraged to reflect on the process by which they planned, carried out, evaluated and reported on their project.

Schools should agree which learning outcomes are appropriate for their degree programmes and the type of work placement/s it wishes to offer. It is also necessary to agree the weighting of the assessed elements for each of the learning outcomes i.e. if skill development is important, (i.e. clinical practice) this would have a high weighting. For most other work placements all or a combination of these learning outcomes will be appropriate.