Commercial and Industrial Experience

Module description

This module will provide you with an opportunity to undertake practical work experience in a business, commercial or public sector setting that is of direct relevance to your development as an experienced professional. You will apply the knowledge and skills from taught modules to authentic problem solving in the work place which will give you important insights into your potential job role once you graduate from university. You will be encouraged to use imagination and creativity in problem solving and to develop communication skills, planning and time management and team-working skills. Placements will involve taking responsibility for a substantial project, which may be a problem to be solved in the host organisation, in line with your degree programme. Placements are subject to availability, approval by the relevant discipline lead and full compliance with important Health and Safety procedures and requirements.

Full module specification

Module title:Commercial and Industrial Experience
Module code:EMP3001
Module level:3
Academic year:2014/5
Module lecturers:
  • Mr Stephen Rose - Convenor
Module credit:15
ECTS value:


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

11 weeks

Duration (weeks) - term 2:


Duration (weeks) - term 3:


Module aims

The aim of this module is to provide practical work experience in a business, commercial or public sector setting that is of direct relevance to the subject-specific aims of the student’s degree programme. Individual placements are subject to availability and to approval by the relevant Discipline Lead.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. demonstrate the acquisition of new knowledge and practical skills, the specifics being dependent on the particular work placement undertaken

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 2. demonstrate the acquisition of new knowledge and practical skills, the specifics being dependent on the particular work placement undertaken
  • 3. write a concise technical report.

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 4. write and keep a reflective journal;
  • 5. present information visually for non-experts;
  • 6. discuss the key features of a learning experience;
  • 7. work constructively as part of a team;
  • 8. appreciate the constraints imposed in a work situation;
  • 9. respond positively to work appraisal;
  • 10. reflect critically on your experience.

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
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities1Preparation for Placements
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities2 Introduction to reflective practice
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities1 Introduction to professional project management
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities4 Fortnightly progress review with assigned placements coordinator via telephone/email or skype
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities1Placement debriefing and assessment preparation
Guided Independent study21 Assessment preparation and write up
Guided Independent study40CandI Project research and project management
Placement80Independent work in a team with the day-to-day guidance of a project manager.

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Not applicable

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
Coursework – project report402500 words1, 2, 3Written and verbal
Coursework – reflective journal302000 words4, 8, 10Written and verbal
Coursework – poster session20A1 Poster1, 5, 6Written and verbal
Coursework – overall evaluation based on employer’s report10Employer Evaluation Report1, 7, 9Written and verbal

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Resubmit project report and poster and submit reflective essay in lieu of reflective journalCoursework1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10 6 weeks

Re-assessment notes

All referred/deferred assessments will be by re-submission of assignments the mark for the Employers Report will be carried over.

Syllabus plan

The work that you will carry out depends on the nature and type of placement you are undertaking. However, it is mandatory that your employer gives you the opportunity to work on a substantial piece of work which you will write about in the project report.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading


McMillan,K, Weyers,J  "How to Write Dissertations and Project Reports", Pearson Education (2009), ISBN: 978-0273726937 (set)

McMillan, K, Weyers,J  "How to Write Essays and Assignments", Pearson Education Skills Set (2009), ISBN: 978-0273726951 (set)

Bowden,J  "Writing a report: how to prepare, write and present effective reports" 8th, How To Books Ltd (2008), ISBN: 978-1845282936 

Neugebaur, J "Making the Most of your Placement" , Sage Publications (2009), ISBN: 978-184787




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Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

 RMIT University. “Reflective Journals”, [Accessed 09 May, 2012]


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