Commercial and Industrial Experience
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|
|Duration of module:||
Duration (weeks) - term 1: |
11 weeksDuration (weeks) - term 2:
0Duration (weeks) - term 3:
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 Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
Details of learning activities and teaching methods
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities||1||Preparation for Placements|
|Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities||2||Introduction to reflective practice|
|Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities||1||Introduction to professional project management|
|Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities||4||Fortnightly progress review with assigned placements coordinator via telephone/email or skype|
|Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities||1||Placement debriefing and assessment preparation|
|Guided Independent study||21||Assessment preparation and write up|
|Guided Independent study||40||CandI Project research and project management|
|Placement||80||Independent work in a team with the day-to-day guidance of a project manager.|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
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|
|Coursework project report||40||2500 words||1, 2, 3||Written and verbal|
|Coursework reflective journal||30||2000 words||4, 8, 10||Written and verbal|
|Coursework poster session||20||A1 Poster||1, 5, 6||Written and verbal|
|Coursework overall evaluation based on employers report||10||Employer Evaluation Report||1, 7, 9||Written and verbal|
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|
|Resubmit project report and poster and submit reflective essay in lieu of reflective journal||Coursework||1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10||6 weeks|
All referred/deferred assessments will be by re-submission of assignments the mark for the Employers Report will be carried over.
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
ELE – http://vle.exeter.ac.uk
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
Module has an active ELE page?
Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources
RMIT University. “Reflective Journals”,
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