Business Internships and Placements

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.  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 ‘degree’ level, in order for you to gain useful experience for the future. Low level part-time jobs will not be approved.


Full module specification

Module title:Business Internships and Placements
Module code:BUS2004
Module level:2
Academic year:2021/2
Module lecturers:
  • Ms Emma Wood - Convenor
  • Miss Jessica Woodhead - Lecturer
Module credit:15
ECTS value:



WIS/WES students can opt to defer the placement and the 50% career management reflection assessment to after the study abroad year but before their final (4th) year. Students need to be aware that the normal rules of progression will still apply and they may be removed from the ‘with…’ programme if they do not meet all the requirements.

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

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


Module aims

This module will enable you to study a dedicated career management module whilst benefiting from the experience of a degree level work placement or internship (minimum 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 NGOs and SMEs

• 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
Lectures82 x face-to-face lectures, 6 x online learning units
Career workshops63 x 2 hours
Approved work experience140

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
Career action planning10500 word summary and prospects career plan1,2,3,6,7Written feedback from module tutor
Career Management reflection on work experience as compared to graduate core competencies identified by employers as a job application form502000 words1,2,4,5,7,8Written feedback from module tutor
CV401500 words3,5,7,9Verbal feedback and review from tutor

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Career management portfolio Resubmission of Career Management Portfolio (60%)1-9Term 1 of subsequent academic year
Career action planningResubmission of Career Management Portfolio (60%)1,2,3,6,7Term 1 of subsequent academic year
CVResubmission of CV (40%)3,5,7,9Term 1 of subsequent academic year

Syllabus plan

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

• Module Introduction

• Finding a placement

• CV development

• Application forms

• Psychometric Testing

• Assessment Centres

• Interview techniques

• Workplace health and safety, culture and ethics

• Placement assessment briefing

• Identifying personal skills, core competencies and unique selling points

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Basic reading:

The Business School’s online careers management skills page on the ELE: ‘Your Employability Skills’ YES pages:

Career Zone on-line careers resources:




Module has an active ELE page?


Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources


Career  Zone: Business School - Placement preparation & workplace skills

Prospects website

Inside careers website

Business School Career Management t

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