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2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

FOEN8001 Industrial Placement Year

120 creditsClass Size: 300

Module manager: Professor Paul Taylor

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

Pre-requisite qualifications

Attend pre-placement briefings and training workshops as required.

Module replaces

COMP9002; PEME8001; MECH9004; ELEC9004; PDES9001

This module is not approved as a discovery module


The Industrial Placement module aims to provide a structured and supported work experience that seeks to develop and enhance transferable skills and an understanding of organisations and the workplace environment.

Learning outcomes
- apply their specialist knowledge and understanding gained during their studies into the workplace context
- demonstrate enhanced practical knowledge, experience and skill in areas such as commerce, manufacturing and research relevant to their programme of study
- understand how to apply their work-based learning to other areas of personal development, including academic performance
- present their skills and knowledge effectively to prospective employers
- reflect on experiences and identify their own strengths and areas for development
- demonstrate an understanding of employment and career opportunities

Skills outcomes
The Industrial Placement will provide opportunity to develop a set of transferable skills. On completion of the placement, students should be able to show evidence of the following skills:

- Planning and organisation
- Communication skills (written and oral)
- Independent working
- Initiative
- Time management
- Team working
- Creative problem solving
- Self-direction and personal development
- Self-awareness and reflection
- Professionalism
- Commercial awareness
- Ethical Awareness


Students will have a minimum of nine months to a maximum of twelve months work placement/s (max 2 placements), either between levels 2 and 3 or levels 3 and 4, where they will work on challenging projects and produce clear, yet concise, written report/s in an appropriate format. The placement will be agreed by the student, the Industrial Placement Tutor and the Workplace Supervisor prior to the commencement of the placement, and will address the module objectives. Following the placement/s, and on their return to the University, the student will produce a report evaluating and evidencing their skills development, and produce a poster detailing highlights from the placement experience. These posters will be used for display around the Faculty at events including but not limited to applicant events, open days and pre-placement activities.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours0.00
Total Contact hours1,200.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)1,200.00

Private study

Total number of hours to include:
- Preparing CV, indentifying companies, making applications, preparing for and attending interviews
- Pre-placement briefings and workshops
- Completing all necessary administration prior to placement
- Placement
- Site visit meeting with Industrial Placement Tutor
- Completing the Industrial Placement Report
- Poster
- Completing all necessary administration after the placement

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Pre-placement: students attend relevant presentations and meet with the Employability Team/Industrial Placement Tutor/Personal Tutor to satisfy their specific requirements.
On-placement: students will be monitored continuously through regular contact between the Employability Team, the Industrial Placement Tutor and the Workplace Supervisor. The Industrial Placement Tutor will visit the workplace at least once during the first half of the placement (where possible).

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ReportTo include: skills development appraisal; description of Placement Provider's business and organisation; description of placement activities; portfolio of evidence0.00
Poster PresentationDetailing highlights from the placement experience0.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)0.00

Completion of all elements of assessment is compulsory to pass the module. No marks are attached to any element of assessment, but feedback will be provided. In the event of a report and poster not meeting pass standard, students will be permitted the opportunity to resubmit the report, or elements within the report, as appropriate, within one month of receiving their result.

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 10/08/2020 08:43:53


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