Business School Industrial Experience

Module description



This module allows you to undertake a year-long placement during the third year of a four year programme. You will be responsible for finding your own placement, having developed the  careers management skills necessary for a competitive graduate labour market under BSD2002 and BSD1002.

The module provides an invaluable opportunity to put the theory learned during your first two years of study into practice in the workplace as well as identify the issues and challenges involved. It gives you the chance to identify your strengths and weaknesses and develop and extend your relevant work-based competencies, skills and knowledge.


You will identify an issue within the workplace to  examine potential solutions. You will gain experience in the use of technologies and applications commonly used within organisations.


Additional Information:




Students can undertake their work placement in the UK, in any of the European Union countries that participate in the Erasmus+ programme or other approved international setting.


External Engagement


Students work with various employers in the UK, Europe, or other selected countries.




As a result of their work placements, students gain valuable work experience and develop their employability competencies and professional skillset.

Full module specification

Module title:Business School Industrial Experience
Module code:BUS3002
Module level:3
Academic year:2017/8
Module lecturers:
  • Mrs Nicky Thomas - Convenor
Module credit:120
ECTS value:



Minimum overall weighted average of 50.0% in Level 1; satisfactory completion of the compulsory Placement Preparation sessions in BSD1002 and BSD2002



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


Duration (weeks) - term 2:


Module aims

This module will permit students to study on a year-long placement during the third year of a 4 year programme.  Placements are organised by the students, with School support, and must be approved by the  Business School Careers Team in advance of placement start date  

The aims of the placement are to:

• 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, SMEs etc.

• 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 business awareness and acumen and demonstrate the ability to analyse interrelationships in business settings.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. 1. Critical reflection of practical experiences gained to analyse the impact they may have on the student’s career development/progression;
  • 2. 2. Link a real-life situations/problems to subject specific knowledge obtained through previous modules and academic literature

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 3. 3. Understand the political, legal, ethical, social, economic, cultural, sustainability, technological and operational considerations which influence a workplace/industry;

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 4. 4. Identify, develop and extend practical work-based skills, competencies and experience;
  • 5. 5. Develop/enhance techniques for gathering evidence to support self-promotion during appraisals/job applications/interviews;
  • 6. Use effective time management to meet work and academic commitments;
  • 7. Build a beneficial relationship/network within the employer organization and with an academic tutor;
  • 8. Use a range of technologies and applications relevant to most work places

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
Contact hours8Regular progress reviews with WIE tutor via a combination of telephone/ email/Skype/face-to-face meeting.

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Business ReportDraft Report2-8Feedback provided by WIE tutor either electronically via e mail/ELE/phone/Skype or personally on a one to one on placement visit

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
Employer Report completed by Student’s supervisor; against specific and detailed competency marking criteria20Assessment form due by end of April in the placement year1, 3-8Summary of report provided by WIE tutor
Employability Self-Assessment30Max 1,800 words, due by end of April in the placement year1-8Feedback by Employability Advisor
Business Report503,500 words due by mid-June in the placement year2-8Feedback by WIE Tutor

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Employer ReportAction Plan (20%)2-6July Reassessment Period
Employability Self-AssessmentReflective Essay, 1,800 words (30%)1-7July Reassessment Period
Business ReportBusiness Report 3,500 words (50%)1-7July Reassessment Period

Re-assessment notes

Deferred students will be reassessed in the element that has been mitigated.


Students will be referred only if they achieve under 40% overall. If this is the case students will then be reassessed in any elements they have failed.


Please note if students do not achieve 40% on the reassessment attempt, they will be put on to the three year variant of their programme. This module will appear on your transcript as a fail, but you will no longer have ‘with Industrial Experience’ in your degree title.

Syllabus plan

The day to day experience of the student will depend on the placement.  Students will have a number of deadlines to meet during the year, including formative and summative assessments, a range of contact points with other students and/or teaching staff, and formal meetings/review sessions with designated staff within the placement organisation.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Basic reading:

To be provided via the Placement Preparation sessions, and then in consultation with the Academic Lead

regarding the specific placement, and the identified problem to analyse.


Schon,D. (1991) The Reflective Practitioner, Ashgate Publishing -

Moon, J. ( 1994) Refelection and Learning in Professional Development, Theory and Practice, Routledge

Moon, J. (2004) Reflection and Learning in Experiential Learning, Theory and Practice, Routledge

Web based resources refer to ELE site



Other resources:

Preparatory materials provided by the Placement Preparation sessions, including guidance on writing a

reflective log (appropriate examples provided if available)

Module has an active ELE page?


Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

refer to ELE site

Indicative learning resources - Other resources

Preparatory materials provided by the Placement Preparation sessions, including guidance on writing a reflective log (appropriate examples provided if available)

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Last revision date