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Module Title
Fieldwork Placement

Work experience; experiential learning; transferable skills; report writing; self-evaluation

SCQF Points15
ECTS Points7.5
CreatedAugust 2002
ApprovedMay 2006
Version No.1

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Prerequisites for Module

None, in addition to SCQF 11 entry requirements or equivalent.

Corequisite Modules


Precluded Modules


Aims of Module

To enable the student to be able to practice and place in context the skills and knowledge gained via the course of study to practice.

Learning Outcomes for Module

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

1. Synthesise practical experience with a critical evaluation of the role of the professional.
2. Critically analyse the role of the host department in a particular organisation.
3. Appraise critically and demonstrate an evaulative appreciation of the implementation of professional theories and principles in a working environment.

Indicative Module Content

Four weeks practical experience of the operation of an appropriate organisation. Range of experience from the daily operations to the mangement and administration of the department. Should involve an understanding of the various levels of management.

Indicative Student Workload

Contact Hours

Full TimeDistance Learning

Directed Study

Directed Study

Private Study



Mode of Delivery

Pre-placement briefings and tutorial support; debriefing on return from placement. Tutorials in support of the choice of placement and writing up of report. Visit by a member of lecturing staff during placement period.

Assessment Plan

Learning Outcomes Assessed
Component 1 1,2,3

The module is assessed by a report.

Indicative Bibliography

1.FANTHOME, C., 2004. Work placements: a survival guide for students. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
2.BOWDEN, J. 2008. Writing a Report: How to Prepare, Write and Present Really Effective Reports, How To Books
3.GILLIS, TAMARA, and IABC., 2011. The IABC Handbook of Organizational Communication : A Guide to Internal Communication, Public Relations, Marketing, and Leadership, John Wiley & Sons Incorporated
4.Kung, Lucy. 2008. Strategic Management in the Media Industry: Theory and Practice. Sage Publications
5.IN ADDITION: students will be guided to particular information sources related to the fieldwork placement experience, the host organisation, report writing guides, and BSM054 Aspire CampusMoodle online e-resources list.

Additional Notes

Distance Learning students with current or prior vocational experience in a relevant industry can submit a critical self-appraisal, in the form of a written report, foregoing the requirement of a 4 week placement.

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