Experiential Learning - (30 credits)

This module is designed to help students review or improve their professional practice. Students will operate with a high level of autonomy to work upon a work-based problem or sector-based problem or gaps in understanding and to apply knowledge and techniques at the forefront of their discipline in an area of professional practice. They will be required to evaluate critically current scholarship and work-based practices and to use their knowledge to either: a) provide a critical review of a work-based problem and suggest possible ways forward, or b) implement and investigate novel and creative solutions to a problem. In keeping with the flexible approach to learning, students will have the opportunity to identify refine and complete work on a suitable Level 7 project and /or problems within their sector that contribute to their role, career or skills aspirations. Writtle University College may be able to guide students towards suitable projects, depending on availability. There may be opportunities to base this module at a Higher Education Institution or research organisation abroad, subject to agreement on quality assurance. The work carried out in this module will be a separate discrete unit of study but may be broadly linked to research to be conducted for the approved Dissertation topic. Agreement on the output will be made at project approval to offer direct relevance to the workplace but will need to satisfy level and course outcomes. Therefore, this 30-credit module can be taken in semester A, but the pattern and intensity of delivery and study can be adapted to suit the student’s employment needs and/or industry and sector interests, reflecting the independent Level 7 study such pre-approved individualised learning provides.