Workplace Experience

Module description

This module is designed to encourage you to enhance your employability through a programme of  practical business experience. Guidance is provided through the module BEMM170 Global Career Management (a co-requisite module) which will give you an understanding of the key elements of the selection and recruitment process, raising self-awareness of key skills and work place competencies and developing the reflective skills required for Continuous Professional Development and future career management.


Please note - you are required to participate in an approved work placement, organised by yourself, for a minimum of 210 hours (6 weeks). This will be undertaken in term three following the summer exam period, during the months of June and July.  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 relevant Careers Coach 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.


There are two parts to the assessment for this module – you will need to show evidence of work that you have completed for your work placement employer, such as a project or daily log of activities and tasks undertaken. You will also have to produce a reflective report that details what you have learnt about yourself, your approach to work, the working environment/culture which you encountered and your fit within that environment/culture.


Please note – this module is only open to Management MSc students.

Full module specification

Module title:Workplace Experience
Module code:BEMM393
Module level:M
Academic year:2020/1
Module lecturers:
Module credit:30
ECTS value:





BEMM170 Global Career Management

Duration of module: Duration (weeks) - term 2:


Duration (weeks) - term 3:


Module aims

This module enables students to complete an approved work experience. Students are responsible for sourcing their own work placement, which must be approved by the Programme Director and Careers staff. You will produce a reflective learning journal detailing what you have learnt as a result of undertaking the work experience, plus either evidence of a project completed for your placement employer or a log of daily tasks and jobs you undertook while on the placement. You will have access to the University of Exeter’s extensive careers resources and support to help you through the application process, however all students are ultimately responsible for securing their own work placement. Full details of the approvals process and deadline will be given to all students at the start of the programme. The intention of this module is that students who undertake it will put into practice the knowledge and skills learnt in BEMM170 Global Career Management, experience the world of work and learn more about their preferred career path going forwards. They will also be able to enhance their chances of future employment by gaining valuable work place experience and a greater understanding of themselves and their skills set.


This module will enable you to benefit from the experience of a degree level work placement or internship (minimum 6 weeks). The module aims to:

  • Practice the core elements of the recruitment and selection process as taught in BEMM170 Global Career Management
  • 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. reflect critically on practical experiences gained, and the impact they may have on your views and actions;
  • 4. 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. identify and reflect on personal challenges and to learn from their resolution;
  • 8. 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
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity0.5A one to one Careers Coaching Session with Careers Coach
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity6Three workshop sessions to prepare for the placement and assessment tasks
Work Placement293.5At least six weeks of work placement working in an employer’s organisation – whether working on a particular project or series of work place tasks and duties relevant to the role.

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Draft application for placement Dependent on the nature of the application1, 6Verbal

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
Work based project or tasks log, showing evidence of a project completed for your placement employer, or a log of daily tasks and jobs you undertook while on the placement 503,000 words3,4,5Written
Reflective learning journal detailing what you have learnt as a result of applying for, securing and undertaking the work experience. For example what you have learnt about yourself, your job search technique, approach to work, the working environment/culture you encountered503,000 words1,2,6,7,8,9Written

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Work based projectWork based project or tasks log, showing evidence of a project completed for your placement employer, or a log of daily tasks and jobs you undertook while on the placement (50 %, 3,000 words)3,4,5Resubmission by December
Reflective learning journal Reflective learning journal detailing what you have learnt as a result of applying for, securing and undertaking the work experience. For example what you have learnt about yourself, your job search technique, approach to work, the working environment/culture you encountered (50%, 3,000 words)1,2,6,7,8,9Resubmission by December

Re-assessment notes

If a student is deferred in a single element of assessment only that piece of assessment will be re-assessed.

Syllabus plan

This module is a development from BEMM170 Global Career Management, which is a co-requisite, as such there is very little taught element.


There will be 3 x 2 hour workshops held in term 2 to cover:

Workshop 1 - Explanation of how the work placement module is designed and enabling students with focusing their search for and securing a placement, drawing on their learning from BEMM170 regarding job applications, interviews etc.

Workshop 2 – Explanation of the assessment tasks, focusing on how to write up a work placement project or activities/tasks log, plus how to engage with and present the reflective learning report.

Workshop 3 – Exploration of workplace cultures and personal value sets to aid with the reflective learning assessment.

Each student is able to access a one to one session with the Careers Coach to seek advise on securing their work placement.

The module is dependent on the student securing a work placement in advance and undertaking at least six weeks of a workplace in term three and over the summer. The suggested period for the work placement is June/July/August.

Hand in of assessment materials is approx. 1st September.

Indicative learning resources - 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:
  • Deciding:
  • Planning:
  • Competing:

Other resources:

Clark, T, Osterwalder, A & Pigneur, Y (2012) Business Model YOU: A One-Page Method for Reinventing Your Career. John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken New Jersey


Ibarra H ( 2004) Working Identity – unconventional strategies for reinventing your career, Harvard USA, Harvard Business Press


Levitt S D and Dubner S J ( 2014) Think Like a Freak – how to think smarter about almost everything! Allen Lane


McKeown M (2019) The Strategy Book, Harlow UK, Pearson


Moon, J. (2004) A Handbook of Reflective and Experiential Learning: Theory and Practice. London, Routledge

Pedlar M, Burgoyne J, Boydell T ( 2004) A Manager’s Guide to Leadership, Maidenhead, UK Mc Graw Hall

Pedlar M, Burgoyne J, Boydell T ( 2007) A Manager’s Guide to Self-development (fifth edition)  Maidenhead, UK McGraw Hill

Peters S (2012) The Chimp Paradox – the mind management programme for confidence, success and happiness, Random House Group

Ryle B ( 2008) Ground of your own choosing – winning strategies for finding and creating work, Shank Painter Publishing, Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Williams. K, Wolliams. M & Spiro. J, (2012) Reflective Writing Pocket Study Skills. Basingstoke UK, Palgrave Macmillan

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