Business School Industrial Experience
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.
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.
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|
Minimum overall weighted average of 60.0% in Level 1; satisfactory completion of the compulsory Placement Preparation sessions in BSD 1002 and BSD 2002
|Duration of module:||
Duration (weeks) - term 1: |
11Duration (weeks) - term 2:
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. demonstrate an ability to reflect critically on practical experiences gained, and the impact they may have on his/her views and actions
- 2. demonstrate an ability to compare theory with experience
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 3. understand the political, legal, ethical, social, economic, cultural, sustainability, technological and operational considerations which influence employment settings
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 4. develop / enhance practical work-based skills, competencies and experience
- 5. negotiate the different types of working relationships with staff within the workplace, and others - directly or indirectly - relevant to the placement
- 6. demonstrate the ability to identify and reflect on personal challenges and to learn from their resolution
- 7. demonstrate ability to use a range of technologies and applications relevant to most workplaces
Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
Details of learning activities and teaching methods
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Contact hours||6||Monthly progress review with WIE tutor via telephone/ email or Skype|
|Placement visit||Average of 2 hours||Visit by tutor on placement|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Reflective Essay and Business Report||1-7||Feedback 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)
|Coursework||Written exams||Practical exams|
Details of summative assessment
|Form of assessment||% of credit||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Employer Report 1 completed by Students supervisor; against specific and detailed marking criteria||20||Assessment form due by mid-December in the placement year||2-6||Summary of report provided by WIE tutor|
|Employer Report 2 completed by Students supervisor; against specific and detailed marking criteria||20||Assessment form due by mid-June in the placement year||2-6||Summary of report provided by WIE tutor|
|Reflective Essay||20||2,000 words, mid-December of placement year||1-7||Feedback by WIE Tutor|
|Business Report||40||3,500 words due by mid-June in the placement year||1-7||Feedback by WIE Tutor|
Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Timescale for re-assessment|
|Employer Report 1||Action Plan (20%)||2-6||July Reassessment Period|
|Employer Report 2||Action Plan (20%)||2-6||July Reassessment Period|
|Reflective Essay||Reflective Essay 2,000 words (20%)||1-7||July Reassessment Period|
|Business Report||Business Report 3,500 words (40%)||1-7||July Reassessment Period|
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.
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
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
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)
Last revision date