Business Experience

Module description

This module is designed to encourage you to enhance your employability through a guided programme of study and practical business experience. Guidance is provided through subject based seminars, interactive electronic resources and personal guidance. An understanding of the key elements of the selection and recruitment process, raising self-awareness of key skills and competencies and developing the reflective skills required for Continuous Professional Development and future career management will be provided.

You are required to participate in an approved work placement, organised by yourself, for a minimum of 140 hours (4 weeks). This can be undertaken during or after the taught element of the module, but all assignments will need to be submitted by mid- August 2015. Ultimate responsibility for finding and scheduling a placement lies with you; however there will be advice and support from the module team, particularly on how to approach employers and identify suitable opportunities. International placements are acceptable but will still need to be approved by the employability adviser prior to starting the placement. It is important that all placements are deemed of ‘graduate’ level, in order for you to gain useful experience for the future. Low level part-time jobs will not be approved.

In order to encourage active participation in the taught element of this module, 10% will be allocated to students who attend ALL of their scheduled seminars. In situations where students feel there are mitigating circumstances affecting attendance, these need to be brought to the attention of Student Services as early as possible. 


Full module specification

Module title:Business Experience
Module code:BUS2002
Module level:2
Academic year:2017/8
Module lecturers:
  • Ms Caroline Harvey - Lecturer
  • Ms Rowanna Smith - Lecturer
  • Mr David Pritchard - Lecturer
Module credit:15
ECTS value:



Cannot be taken by students on the 'With Industrial Experience' programme

Duration of module: Duration (weeks) - term 2:


Module aims

This module will enable you to study a dedicated career management module whilst benefitting from the experience of a graduate level work placement (4 weeks). The module aims to
• Define the core elements of the recruitment and selection process
• Identify personal competences and work related skills
• Develop and extend relevant work-based skills and knowledge;
• Provide the opportunity for students to develop an understanding of a business environment through practical experience, to encompass NGO’s and SME’s
• Review and evaluate theories learned in relation to practical experience gained;
• Gain experience in the use of technologies and applications commonly used in organisations;
• Develop a reflective approach to personal performance and continued professional development

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. define the process of job acquisition, with specific regard to the range of processes and assessments that may be involved in securing a job at graduate level
  • 2. identify services and resources that will assist in your placement search and subsequent graduate job search
  • 3. demonstrate an ability to reflect critically on practical experiences gained, and the impact they may have on your views and actions
  • 4. demonstrate an ability to compare theory with experience

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 5. understand the social, economic, cultural and administrative considerations which influence employment settings

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 6. develop / enhance practical work-based skills and experience
  • 7. demonstrate the ability to identify and reflect on personal challenges and to learn from their resolution
  • 8. demonstrate ability to use a range of technologies and applications relevant to most workplaces
  • 9. negotiate the different types of working relationships with staff within the workplace, and others - directly or indirectly - relevant to the placement

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
Seminars1010 x 1 hour topics
Career workshops105 x 2 hours
Approved work experience130

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Online assessment Designed to consolidate learning and test understanding of core topics 9 topics of approximately 1.5 hours duration1-7Comments provided on–line when answers to questions submitted A minimum grade of 90% is considered acceptable

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Personal Skills Analysis and Personal Branding15500 word summary Supported by CV and application form of appropriate length 1,2,3,6,7Written feedback from module tutor
Career Management Portfolio Reflection on work experience as compared to graduate core competencies identified by employers and studied in this module 502000 words1,2,4,5,&7,8Written feedback from module tutor
Video /Audio Journal Based on Personal Score Card results 2510 minutes3, 5, 7, 9Verbal Feedback and review from tutor
Participation and contribution in workshops10Every workshop1-9Verbal feedback from tutor

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
PSCAResubmission of PSCA1,2,3,6,7August referral period
CMP and Video JournalVIVA1-9September

Syllabus plan

Core topic seminars will be supported by practical work shop sessions;

• Module Introduction
Identifying personal skills, core competencies and unique selling points
• Strategies for securing a placement/information sources
• CV development
• Application forms
• Psychometric Testing
• Assessment Centre simulation
• Interview techniques
• Telephone interviews
• Workplace culture and ethics
• Personal and professional development

  • Commercial Awareness
  • Networking Skills
  • Presentation Skills

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Basic reading:

Eraut, M. (1994) Developing Professional Knowledge and Competence. Washington DC, Falmer Press.
Moon, J. (2004) A Handbook of Reflective and Experiential Learning: Theory and Practice. London, Routledge Falmer

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Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources


Prospects website

Inside careers website

Business School Career Management

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