MQF Level 4

5 ECTS

The Operation of Portable Powered Plant and Equipment in Excavation

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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.

This module will serve as a foundational preparation to operating portable powered plant and equipment in an excavation context.

Students will be exposed to the knowledge and skills required for the preparation, selection, and setting up of this operation, as well as how to best safeguard the entirety of the process through the implementation of safe practices.

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
Discussions

Module Intake Dates

October 2024

Learning Outcomes

Competences:

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

  • Interpret important, required information for the setting up and safe performance of powered plant and equipment in excavation.
  • Implement safe practices at the excavation site.
  • Explain the process of selecting, setting up, and operating portable powered plant, tools, and equipment.

Knowledge:

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

  • Interpret important, required information for the setting up and safe performance of powered plant and equipment in excavation.
  • Implement safe practices at the excavation site.
  • Explain the process of selecting, setting up, and operating portable powered plant, tools, and equipment.

Skills:

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

  • Examine and make use of correct information for safely operating powered plant and equipment and portable power tools in an excavation setting.
  • Interpret and abide by processes and instructions of the organisation and manufacturers for the maintenance of powered plant and equipment and portable power tools.
  • Make sure that plant equipment and portable power tools satisfy all safety checks before, as well as after making use of them.
  • Take appropriate actions in the case of defective powered plant equipment and power tools.
  • Select, prepare, and set up powered plant and equipment and portable power tools along with their related tooling, attachments, etc.
  • Execute work activities appropriately by selecting and making use of the correct item of powered plant and equipment and portable power tool.

Module-Specific Learner Skills:

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

  • Demonstrate basic maintenance skills on attachments, portable power tools, and plant equipment.
  • Wear the appropriate PPE and RPE when working with powered plant and equipment and portable power tools.
  • Be able to remove and fit abrasive wheels and discs.
  • Be able to refill fuels, lubricants, and fluids according to the designated operating and maintenance requirements.

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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