Business Practice (Placement/Work Experience Project)
Gaining work related experience of a variety of work place situations is invaluable to you as you apply for jobs post-graduation. Research into the graduate recruitment market suggests that lack of previous work experience is likely to detriment entry to graduate employment. . BEP2030 builds on your previous learning and development and expands your professional capability and entrepreneurial awareness through a range of opportunities to engage with organisational practice and the work environment.
Full module specification
|Module title:||Business Practice (Placement/Work Experience Project)|
|Duration of module:||
Duration (weeks) - term 1: |
11Duration (weeks) - term 2:
This module aims to continue your career and personal development journey, integrating practice and digital capability at a business engagement level. You will link theory and practice through a variety of experiential learning activities. You will develop transferable skills such as communication, networking, self-awareness and team working by working with a number of external businesses as well as collaborating with your peers. You will complete a placement or project and as part of this, have the opportunity to personalise your career development journey.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. Identify and secure appropriate work related business engagement or develop and collaborate on an entrepreneurial venture.
- 2. Identify and critically analyse relevant case studies and literature.
- 3. Demonstrate clear, critical and analytical reasoning through work related business engagement or enterprise development.
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 4. Develop professional and digital capability skills which will enable informed career decision making and promote employability.
- 5. Build effective skills in designing and managing the practical and academic aspects of research and learning needs, accessing the appropriate support and resources as required.
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 6. Develop reflective practice to explore, identify, evaluate and record the learning process.
- 7. Work independently and as part of a group to project manage business engagements.
- 8. Apply research skills to practical work-related issues.
- 9. Develop skills of analysis, digital skills, evaluation and synthesis in a business engagement context
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|
|Business engagement project||80||Working with an organisation undertaking a dedicated project|
|Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities||20||Group workshops|
|Guided Independent Study||50||Completion of reflective learning paper, project report and presentation to class|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|1-1 Individual and group assessment meetings||1 hour||1-9||Verbal|
|Individual development plan and CV||500 words||1,3,4,6-9||Verbal and written|
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|
|E-Portfolio (to include reflection and evidence of business engagement)||60||2500 words||1, 3, 4, 6-9||Written|
|Group Presentation||30||10 minutes||2, 5, 8 ,9||Verbal & written|
|Project Engagement Report||10||50 word weekly update for the duration of the project||6,7||Written|
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|
|As above||100% Presentation - Case Study Analysis||1 - 9||July/August|
A student, where deferred via a single component will be reassessed in that component only. Where a student is deferred in the whole module, then the original assessment: Portfolio (60%), Group presentation (30%) and Project Engagement report (10%) are consolidated as a single individual deferred element (100%).
- Introduction to the module
- Business engagement opportunities
- Understanding personal development, key skills and competencies
- Activities to support and promote personal and skill development
- Research and theories of labour markets and the employment landscape
- Personal e-portfolio management and development
- Developing reflective practice
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
- Chaudhuri, T., & Cabau, B. (Eds.). (2017). E-portfolios in higher education: A multidisciplinary approach. Springer.
- Moon, J. (2004). A Handbook of Reflective and Experiential Learning: Theory and Practice. London, Routledge
- Falmer. Neugebauer, J., & Evans-Brain, J. (2009). Making the most of your placement. Sage Publications.
- Rainbird, H, Fuller, A. & and Munro, A. (2004). Work Place Learning in Context, Routledge.
Module has an active ELE page?
Indicative learning resources - Other resources
Several resources from the University Careers Zone on interview techniques, designing cvs and completing applications
Last revision date