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Module Title

Placement, employment, practical work skills, problem solving.

SCQF Points15
ECTS Points7.5
CreatedAugust 2002
ApprovedDecember 2012
AmendedAugust 2013
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Prerequisites for Module

None in addition to course entry requirements or equivalent.

Corequisite Modules


Precluded Modules


Aims of Module

To provide the student with practical experience of problem solving and organisational dynamics in the workplace.

Learning Outcomes for Module

On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:

1. Apply knowledge and skills gained on the degree programme in a practical work context.
2. Undertake tasks of an administrative, managerial or legal nature.
3. Demonstrate the ability to reflect critically on their own learning experience in the workplace.

Indicative Module Content

Supervised work experience placement of 12 weeks duration with an employer.

Indicative Student Workload

Directed Study

Full TimePart Time
Working hours defined by the employer.

Mode of Delivery

Regular contact and monthly reviews with placement supervisor and at least one placement visit and telephone contact as required with University placment tutor.

Assessment Plan

Learning Outcomes Assessed
Component 1 1,2,3
Component 2 3

A written reflective statement worth 20% of the overall module grade. The report shall focus on the skills and knowledge achieved by the student whilst fulfilling the learning contract between them and the employer. It shall be 1,500 words (10% +/-) and marked by the academic placement supervisor.

Assessment for this module consists of the student obtaining a satisfactory placement report from the employing organisation worth 80% of the overall module grade.

Indicative Bibliography

1.BOWDEN, J., 2011. Writing a report: how to prepare, write and present effective reports. 9th ed. Oxford: How to Books.
2.FANTHOME, C., 2004. Work placements: a survival guide for students. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
3.LEWIS, R. and INGLIS, J., 2005. How to write reports: the key to successful reports. Cambridge: National Extension College Trust Ltd.

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