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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

GEOG3665 Professional Work Placement

20 creditsClass Size: 35

Module manager: Paul Kay

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

Year running 2023/24

This module is mutually exclusive with

GEOG3675Geographical Research Opportunities

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

Students will undertake a project with an organisation outside or inside the University. The aims of the project will be agreed at the outset and students will work towards meeting the agreed aims and delivering the expected results. Students will generally gain greater self-awareness and confidence in their ability to work with others, to take individual responsibility for planning and management of their work and to appreciate how their knowledge and skills in geography can be transferred and applied in diverse areas of employment.


The objectives of the module are to:
1. let students work in collaboration with an organisation (usually) outside the University on a theme, investigation or project relevant to the needs of the organisation and to academic study for a degree in Geography;
2. let students design, negotiate, record and manage their work in cooperation with an academic supervisor and a member of staff from the outside organisation;
3. give students an opportunity to focus on tackling a problem, or group of problems, which are of real concern to the outside organisation and which can be solved to a greater or lesser degree by a student who applies his or her energy, knowledge and skills in a concerted, systematic and managed way to effect a solution in the time and with the resources available.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students will have applied their knowledge and skills in geography to achieving some goal, solving a problem or investigating an issue of concern to an organisation or group from outside the University. They will have shown that they can achieve what they set out to do.

This will involve negotiating, planning, managing their work, reflecting on its merits and shortcomings, assessing results and drawing conclusions. They will write reports, keep a journal or reflective logbook and produce a poster on their work.

Skills outcomes
On completion of this module, students will have:
(i) gained experience of working in an organisation;
(ii) developed a range of generic skills and specialist skills;
(iii) demonstrated an ability to manage their time, resources and project;
(iv) improved their ability to judge what is necessary and what is unnecessary for a given project by applying critical assessment of the work that they are doing.


- Introduction to the Work-Place Co-operative Project - a one hour lecture at start of Semester 1.
- Each student will then have to find his or her placement and discuss it with their academic supervisor to agree their three aims. Several progress meetings with an academic supervisor will be held throughout the session.
- Assessment of each student will take place at the end of teaching in Semester 2.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours194.00
Total Contact hours6.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Students will work independently on a project - levels of work-based supervision will vary depending on the nature of the project and
the placement.

- Research, preparation and writing up of project report: 164 hours
- Completion of online reflective log throughout the project: 20 hours
- Preparation of poster: 10 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress is monitored by:
1. meetings with an academic supervisor who will discuss and monitor progress with a student.
2. support from the organisation outside the School of Geography hosting the placement.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Poster1 page PowerPoint slide20.00
ProjectReport of 3,500 words80.00
ProjectCompletion of Project Initiation form (pass to progress)0.00
ProjectCompletion of the tri-partite H&S form (pass to progress)0.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Completion of the Project Initiation form and the tri-partite H &S form are both pass to progress elements for this module

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 27/04/2023


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