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Work-based Learning

Short name: WBL
SITS code: FDPD023S5
Credits: 30
Level: 4
Lecturer(s): Department of Management

Module outline

This module will provide you with the opportunity to exercise the skills you have acquired on your course through undertaking a project based in your workplace, or focusing on other relevant activities. You will have the chance to develop and demonstrate a range of professional skills, such as project planning and presentation skills. In addition, you will be able to apply theory that you have been taught to a ‘real life’ project.


  • Support students in the design and undertaking of a small work-based research project and to introduce students to the basic research methods which they will need to undertake such a project.
  • Provide students with the opportunity to explore their own professional context in a structured and systematic way
  • Enable students to apply the discipline of academic practice to a small workplace project and facilitate their further development as independent learners
  • Support students’ application of research methods to a study in the workplace and then to present their findings to their peers

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify key elements of a project and design a project plan which adequately addresses these
  • Compare methods for obtaining data and choose a methodology appropriate for the nature of the project
  • Select relevant academic knowledge and apply it to the workplace
  • Select techniques of evaluation and use these to evaluate data collected monitor and evaluate project progress
  • Act as an independent learner, developing own judgement and evaluating own development
  • Use appropriate IT applications to research and present work


Three taught sessions focussing on research and project writing skills. Followed by independent project completion.


Indicative timetables can be found in the handbooks available on programme pages. Personalised teaching timetables for students are available via My Birkbeck.




  • Project Proposal: 20%
  • Project Progress Report: 20%
  • Presentation: 20%
  • Final Project Report: 40%

Recommended reading

Cooper, H. and Shoolbred, M. (2016) Where’s Your Argument? Palgrave Pocket Study Skills, Palgrave Macmillan
Cottrell, S. (2003) The Personal Development Planning Handbook, Palgrave
Cottrell, S. and N. Morris (2012) Study Skills Connected : Using Technology to Support Your Studies Palgrave
M. Denscombe, The Good Research Guide for Small Scale Social Research Projects.
Durrant, A, G. Rhodes and D. Young (Eds) (2009) Getting Started with University-Level Work-Based Learning
Hall, I. and Hall, D. (2004) Evaluation and Social Research : Introducing Small-scale Practice Palgrave Macmillan
Hart, C. (2001) Doing a Literature Search, Sage Publications
Helyer, R. (Ed) (2010) The Work-Based Learning Student Handbook, Palgrave
Marshall, L. (2003) A Guide to Learning Independently, Open University Press
Rumsey, S. (2004) How to Find Information: A Guide for Researchers, Open University Press
Williams, M. (2014) Getting Critical (2nd Edn) Palgrave Pocket Study Skills, Palgrave Macmillan
Van Enden, J. and L. Becker (2004) Presentation Skills for Students, Palgrave