Special Area of Study - WKBL8250

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2023 to 2024
Combined Autumn and Spring Terms 7 30 (15) Anne-Maria Brennan checkmark-circle


The world of work-based practice can be complex and increasingly there is a call for practitioners to demonstrate the ability to manage a project related to particular aspects of policy, practice or an area which warrants specific attention or study.
This module provides students with an opportunity to demonstrate their contribution to the workplace or to extending their professional practice through the design, and implementation of a project. The module gives individual students flexibility to design their own special area of study which can be related to innovation on a policy or practice matter or reflect on a project which has been carried out previously.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 31
Private study hours: 269
Total study hours: 300


This 30 credit module is available during Autumn and Spring terms.


This module is part of the Master's level programme

Method of assessment

Written Portfolio Assignment, 6000 words, 100%

Indicative reading

Costley, C. Elliot, G.C. & Gibbs, P.(2010) Doing Work Based Research: Approaches to Enquiry for Insider-Researchers Sage Publications Ltd. ISBN-10: 1848606788 ISBN-13: 978-1848606784
Durrant, A Rhodes, G and Young D (Eds) (2009) Getting Started with University-level Work Based Learning Middlesex University Press ISBN-10: 1904750702 ISBN-13: 978-1904750703
Hardacre, K & Workman, B. (2010) Planning and Reviewing Work Based Learning: A Practical Guide Libri Publishing ISBN-10: 190747112X ISBN-13: 978-1907471124
Heyler R (2010) The Work-Based Learning Student Handbook (Palgrave Study Skills) Palgrave Macmillan ISBN-10: 0230229565 ISBN-13: 978-0230229563
Winter, R (2001) A Handbook for Action Research in Health and Social Care. Taylor and Francis Ltd
Wilkinson, D. (2000) The Researcher's Toolkit: The Complete Guide to Practitioner Research. London: Routledge.

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1. Appropriately manage and evaluate a project or other special area of study.
2. Critically reflect on personal impact related to a project or special area of study.
3. Demonstrate an ability to design and implement a strategy for change.
4. Critically appraise the strengths and limitations of approaches to the development of practice within a workplace or organisational setting.


PCert / MSc in Advanced and Specialist Healthcare; MA / MSc in Professional Practice


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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