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Module Title
Fieldwork (12-Week Placement: Fashion Management)

Work Experience; Experiential Learning; Transferable Skills; Report Writing; Self Evaluation

SCQF Points60
ECTS Points30
CreatedJune 2011
ApprovedAugust 2011
AmendedAugust 2012
Version No.2

Prerequisites for Module

None in addition to course entry requirements or equivalent

Corequisite Modules


Precluded Modules


Aims of Module

To provide students with the opportunity to apply academic and practitioner knowledge and skills to a workplace related to their particular area of study.

Learning Outcomes for Module

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

1. Perform, demonstrate and explain a range of appropriate workplace skills and tasks, taking account of practical and managerial criteria for performance.
2. Relate the theories, models, concepts and principals of formal study to a particular working environment.
3. Demonstrate effective self-evaluation in terms of practical, written and oral communication skills whilst on placement.

Indicative Module Content

The module offers a 12-week period of fieldwork, selected with tutorial guidance in collaboration with the Placement Office. Students gain the opportunity to experience the practicalities and challenges of relevant workplace situations and develop evaluative and reflective practitioner skills and attitudes.
Students are also expected to critically evaluate the workplace environment; eg operational and managerial structures, communication practices, financial profile and process, product mix (where appropriate) and professional practices.

Indicative Student Workload

Contact Hours

Full Time
Lectures/Tutorials by Placement Office, Careers Centre and Placement Supervisor (Lecturer)

Directed Study

12 weeks of work experience

Private Study

Private Study

Mode of Delivery

Pre-placement briefings and tutorial support; debriefing on return from placement; supervised and unsupervised assignments and tasks in the workplace; student centred learning and private study. Supervision is provided by the employer and both student's progress and the appropriateness of the learning experience is checked by the supervising lecturer.

Assessment Plan

Learning Outcomes Assessed
Component 1 1,2,3

Students carry out self-evaluation of practical skills developed and theoretical knowledge applied on placement, in the form of an Evaluative Report.

Indicative Bibliography

1.FANTHOME, C., 2004. Work placements: a survival guide for students. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
2.BOWDEN, J., 2011. Writing a report: how to prepare, write and present effective reports. 9th ed. Oxford: How to Books.
3.LEWIS, R. and INGLIS, J., 2005. How to write reports. Cambridge National Extension College Trust Ltd.
4.Students will be guided to particular information sources related to the placement experience and the host organisation.

Additional Notes

This is an optional, extended period of industrial placement (the mandatory period is 6 weeks - see module number BS3233). Some placement organisations offer renumeration whereas others do not. Students should appreciate that they may well have to fund the placement period themsleves.

Robert Gordon University, Garthdee House, Aberdeen, AB10 7QB, Scotland, UK: a Scottish charity, registration No. SC013781