PM3ET1-Introduction to workplace based education

Module Provider: Pharmacy
Number of credits: 5 [2.5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2019/0

Module Convenor: Miss Kat Hall


Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module is aimed at practising healthcare professionals who are working in roles supporting workplace-based education and training.  This may include practice supervisors, educational supervisors, educational programme directors, practice assessors, workplace-based tutors, practice placement educators etc.  The module will support practitioners to understand their role in teaching, assessing, mentoring and coaching staff in the workplace.  The portfolio will support practitioners to reflect on their experiences, which can be mapped to a professional framework of their choice.

The module can be studied stand-alone or as part of the MSc in Advancing Healthcare Practice (N.B. a maximum of 20 credits at level 6 can be counted towards the PGCert and a maximum of 30 credits at level 6 can be counted towards the PGDip/MSc qualification).  A significant proportion of the module is workplace-based learning and practitioners are required to be working at an approved workplace which allows them the opportunities to document their progress.


To support practitioners to understand their role in teaching, learning and assessment in the workplace.

Assessable learning outcomes:


  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the role of workplace-based education

  2. Demonstrate an understanding of teaching, assessment, mentoring and coaching

  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the role of workplace-based supervisors

  4. Develop learning objectives, learning contracts and assessment approaches to meet defined outcomes



  1. Provide support and feedback to students in a clear and appropriate style

  2. Reflect on own knowledge, skills and behaviours in relation to workplace-based education

  3. Identify and prioritise current and future learning needs of others

  4. Successfully complete workplace-based assessments as an assessor in own workplace



  1. Continually advance own knowledge, skills and behaviours through continuing professional development and life-long learning

  2. Demonstrate the required competencies in the chosen field

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:

This module will focus on supporting practitioners to demonstrate an understanding of a range of teaching, learning and assessment methods in the workplace.  It will include an introduction to workplace-based assessments, feedback and the roles of teaching, supervising, mentoring and coaching.

Global context:

This module is offered to UK practising healthcare professionals and is focused on the UK healthcare system.  Practitioners can choose to map their learning to a national or international professional framework to support their practice and/or revalidation.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

This module will use a range of teaching and learning methods.  The University teaching is based around two face to face workshops using a mixture of presentations and problem-based/case-based learning, facilitated by the programme team, specialist practitioners and other healthcare professionals.  The workshops are underpinned by directed learning via Blackboard and self-directed learning where practitioners are required to use a range of sources to gain information to support in the development of their knowledge and skills.


Students are encouraged to complement their study through workplace-based learning where practitioners will undertake activities to develop their knowledge, skills and behaviours.  This will be guided by the professional portfolio of learning.


This module is studied over two to six months, and there may be more than one cohort per year, therefore the distinction of hours by term is not possible.  The hours shown for autumn term below are spread over the entire module.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 7
Work-based learning 7
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (independent) 29
    Wider reading (directed) 7
Total hours by term 50 0 0
Total hours for module 50

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Portfolio 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

  1. Professional portfolio of learning

    • Portfolio contents review

Formative assessment methods:

  1. Feedback from peers and facilitators in the workshops

  2. Feedback from peers in the workplace

  3. Feedback from workplace-based assessors

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Assessment requirements for a pass:

    1. The professional portfolio of learning must be passed at 50% and contain all mandatory content

    Reassessment arrangements:

    Reassessment will usually be arranged within a three-month period.  Where required, and determined to be achievable, it will be arranged promptly, so as not to delay any further study.  Individualised timings may be required depending on the specific requirements for reassessment.


    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    1. Printing and binding Students can submit most of their portfolio online.  Currently library costs for printing are 5p a sheet for black and white. A simple ring binder can be purchased from stationers for around £3.

    Last updated: 16 September 2019


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