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2016/17 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

CSER8000 Work Placement Year

120 creditsClass Size: 125

Module manager: Annabelle Cross

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 View Timetable

Year running 2016/17

Pre-requisite qualifications

Students must normally pass Level 2 of a degree programme for which this module is an approved placement module.

Students must secure a placement, or placements (maximum 3) amounting to 9 months duration (for placements involving children and vulnerable adults a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure from the CRB will be required.)

Mutually Exclusive
Please note: This module is mutually exclusive with the placement module(s) for the subject(s) of your degree programme where your department offers its own placement.

This module is not approved as a discovery module


To complete an undergraduate level work placement, building experience of, and confidence in, essential work place skills.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students should be able to demonstrate:
- an understanding of a work environment, how it functions and their contribution to it;
- an understanding of how to apply their work-based learning to other areas of personal development, including academic performance, and the ability to do so;
- a high level of transferable skills including communication (written and oral), self motivation, initiative, organisation and time management, objective setting, negotiating and team working;
- an ability to decide, plan and compete in the job market.

Skills outcomes
High level transferable skills including:
- communication (written and oral)
- self motivation
- initiative
- organisation and time management
- objective setting
- negotiating and team working
- ability to decide, plan
- and compete in the job market.


- Undertaking work placement(s) and maintaining a monthly summary whilst on placement
- Assessed presentation and interview on completion of placement year.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours36.00
Private study hours1,150.00
Total Contact hours14.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)1,200.00

Private study

Private study includes work-related learning at placement, private study/reading and individual research, analysis and writing in preparation of work placement year summary.

Learning & teaching methods

- Students will receive at least 1 work placed visit by a placement tutor
- Consultations will take the form of 12 x 1 hour per month by email/phone/discussion board/vle contact.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

During the placement year there will be regular remote contact with a placement tutor and at least one workplace visit by a placement tutor.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Written WorkA 2,000 word written summary of their placement year related to the stated outcomes of the module. The summary will contain contextual information on the host organisation, a description of (and reflection on) the process undertaken to secure the placement, reflective analysis on how the placement developed the understanding of a work environment and their contribution to it, and reflection on the skills developed and demonstrated on the placement and how they relate to personal, career and academic development.50.00
PresentationFormal presentation 10 mins/structured interview with questions allowing exploration of the skills and knowledge gained during the placement related to the stated outcomes of the module (50 mins)50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 10/04/2013


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