Preparation for Placement 1

Module description

This module prepares you to undertake a year-long placement during the third year of a four year programme. You will undertake careers management skills development which will prepare you to source and apply for an industrial placement.


This module is delivered through a number of workshops and lectures, mainly in term 2, with some additional events and workshops in terms 1 and 2.  Attendance at all timetabled sessions is mandatory.  


You will be meeting students who have previously completed the industrial placement, engage with employers, and receive support from the Business School Careers Team.

Full module specification

Module title:Preparation for Placement 1
Module code:BSD1002
Module level:1
Academic year:2014/5
Module lecturers:
Module credit:
ECTS value:






Duration of module: Duration (weeks) - term 1:


Duration (weeks) - term 2:


Duration (weeks) - term 3:


Module aims

This is a non-credit bearing module that aims to prepare students on ‘with Industrial Experience’ programmes for the tasks and activities related to finding and securing a suitable placement for the third year of their degree. The workshops and lectures will focus on searching and applying for placements, dealing with psychometric tests, assessment centres and interviews.  There will also be opportunities to meet with employers and with students how have already completed their industrial placement.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. understand the purpose and benefits of undertaking a 12 month placement
  • 2. locate appropriate services and resources that will help you with your career planning and placement search
  • 3. understand the process of job acquisition, with specific regard to the various types of processes that might be involved in applying for placements and graduate level jobs

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. locate information sources that will help them identify: a) The skills – discipline specific and transferable - that they should acquire by completing their degree b) Career options where a degree in their subject area is essential (where relevant), career options where a degree in their subject area is desirable, career options where a degree in their subject area would be useful.

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 5. identify, critically reflect on, and provide examples of, own experiences that demonstrate your personal and key skills and their relevance to placement or graduate employment

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
LinkedIn assignmentLinkedIn Profile Page2-3Written feedback from the Business School Careers Team and EGD.

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Re-assessment notes

This module is not formally assessed and does not bear any credits, however it is possible to fail this module.  Students are required to attend all compulsory sessions; those students who fail to attend a total of three compulsory sessions per year without due cause will be transferred back to the three year degree

Syllabus plan


Introduction to WIE

Benefits of placements

What job's for me

Finding a Placement 

What are my strengths

Shaping your CV

Effective Application Forms

Interview techniques

Developing your personal e-brand

Psychometric testing

Commercial awareness

Numeracy tests: numerical problem solving



Personal branding workshop (1 x 2 hour workshop)

Effective application forms (1 x 2 hour workshop)

Assessment centres (1 x 2 hour workshop) 

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Cohen, David, 2007, How to succeed in psychometric tests (3rd ed.),London: Sheldon Psychometric Tests


Career Zone on-line careers e-books:


Yate, Martin John, 2008, Great answers to tough interview questions (7th ed). London: Kogan Page Great Answers

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Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

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