MQF Level 4

5 ECTS

Overseeing Excavation Work Operations

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October 2024
Module Type
Compulsory
ECTS Credits
5 ECTS
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Module Description

This module focuses on the competencies, knowledge, and skills required from a Level 4 Excavation Plant Supervisor (which is one of the requirements to becoming an Excavations Contractor). Therefore, as required, its content and learning outcomes reflect very closely the MFHEA MQF Level 4 National Occupational Standards (NOS) for this occupation.

The purpose of this module corresponds to the importance of overseeing and being an active contributor to excavation work operations and their development.

With this objective in sight, the module delves into the importance of conforming with organisational policies and regulations for organising and co-ordinating excavation work and ensuring safety on the workplace.

Furthermore, students will be equipped with the knowledge and skills relating to the monitoring of work operations, covering important aspects such as special site requirements, use of resources, operational standards, and productivity targets.

Entry Requirements

  • A general Level 3 standard of education including the completion of a compulsory education and/or, O´levels, and/or a related Level 3 qualification.  
  •  A good level of communication in English. 
  •  Individuals currently working and/or having previous experience in the construction industry.  
  •  The maturity clause can be applied to those students who have experience, but do not possess the required entry qualifications. Their experiences will be verified through an interview with a board of experts appointed by IDEA Academy.  
  •  The maximum number of credits that may be gained as a result of the RPL process at IDEA Academy will not exceed 50% of the qualification/award chosen by the individual for formal learning. 

Target Audience

  • Individuals who aspire to advance further in their construction studies, particularly in excavation.
  • Individuals who aspire to achieve competencies as excavation plant supervisors.

Module / Unit Instruction

The proposed structure comprises a blended approach promoting the building of a community of practice via peer-to-peer learning.

The structure uses primarily two dimensions of teaching-learning modes: · Face-to-face sessions: 15h · Online Learning Activities: 10h.

Face to Face sessions

Face-to-face sessions include lectures, tutorials, discussions, presentations, and workshop activities promoting peer-to-peer learning.

Online Learning Activities

Online learning activities incorporate tutorials and asynchronous discussions. These may consist of active interaction, participation, and contributions in fora discussions, sharing resources and self-reflection exercises.

Learners also contribute to the building of the community of practice by providing feedback to their peers as critical friends, enhancing the learner’s engagement throughout the study period.

The lecturer provides continual support during both teaching-learning modes by providing information, readings, and tasks relevant to the module in question. The lecturer provides continuous formative feedback as an on-going guidance during the student’s learning experience in preparation for their summative assessment.

Furthermore, throughout this module, the lecturer will guide the students on how to build and document a portfolio with their practical experience related to the skills component of the module.

How you’ll be assessed

For this module, lecturers are guided to develop and assign a minimum of two assessment tasks, one of which should happen during the module to allow for formative feedback. The weighting of the formative assessment is to range from 20% to 40% whilst that of the summative assessment ranging from 80% to 60% respectively.

All formative and summative tasks aim to provide the learner an opportunity to produce evidence of his/her competences aligned to the learning outcomes of this module and enhance his/her learning in the process. Furthermore, the tasks may include different forms of assessment which allow and promote students’ engagement and knowledge in the area, as well as other transversal skills that are required in the field (e.g., online discussions, in-class discussions, case studies, etc.).

Assessment

The mode of assessment varies and may include in-class tasks and home-based written assignments using diverse assessment tools which may include case studies, reports, proposals, essays, and presentations, as applicable to this module.

Furthermore, in an effort to assess the skill component of the module, the student will be required to build and document a portfolio with their practical experience within the construction field, which will be certified by a professional, and/or undergo practical tasks on a real construction site under the guidance of a supervisor.

For successful completion of this study module, the student is required to achieve an overall pass mark of 50%.

Assignment
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Learning Outcomes

Competences:

At the end of the module/unit the learner will have acquired the responsibility and autonomy to:

  • Co-ordinate and organise excavation work adhering to organisational procedures and regulations.
  • Protect workplace by ensuring compliance with health and safety regulations.
  • Organise and co-ordinate the workplace so as to promote safe conditions in an excavation context.
  • Communicate work information, processes, and activities to relevant staff.
  • Develop knowledge regarding the monitoring of work activities and the sequence of work operations in excavation.

Knowledge:

At the end of the module/unit, the learner will be able to:

  • Co-ordinate and organise excavation work adhering to organisational procedures and regulations.
  • Protect workplace by ensuring compliance with health and safety regulations.
  • Organise and co-ordinate the workplace so as to promote safe conditions in an excavation context.
  • Communicate work information, processes, and activities to relevant staff.
  • Develop knowledge regarding the monitoring of work activities and the sequence of work operations in excavation.

Skills:

At the end of the module/unit, the learner will have acquired the following skills:

  • Promote cleanliness of the excavation work site and appropriate waste disposal according to organisational and statutory requirements.
  • Recognise, record, and provide information relating to any special considerations to individuals who could possibly be impacted.
  • Identify and record special site requirements in excavation abiding by organisational procedures.
  • Adhere to organisational procedures when planning and coordinating appropriate site storage and security arrangements.
  • Promote the effective use of components, resources, materials, and security operations in excavation.
  • Check that materials and resources (equipment, tools, etc.) are correctly stored.
  • Recommend new ways of improving work methods, activities, and processes by referring to and conforming with organisational procedures.

Module-Specific Learner Skills:

At the end of the module/unit the learner will be able to:

  • Interpret relevant information pertaining to excavation work activities (work arrangements, procedures, policies, processes, etc.) to be carried out, and pass on and record said information to relevant team members.
  • Satisfy the requirements of other occupations when planning own workload and work programme.
  • Determine sequences and methods of work in an excavation context.
  • Communicate effectively with site staff.

Module-Specific Digital Skills and Competences:

At the end of the module/unit, the learner will be able to:

  • Navigate through the online learning platform to find, download, and upload assignments, discussion boards, literature, tutorials, etc.
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