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Business Practice (Placement/Work Experience Project)

Module description

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)
Module code:BEP2030
Module level:2
Academic year:2023/4
Module lecturers:
  • Dr Susan Kinsey - Convenor
Module credit:15
ECTS value:


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


Duration (weeks) - term 2:


Module aims

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 ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Business engagement project 80Working with an organisation undertaking a dedicated project
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities20Group workshops
Guided Independent Study50Completion of reflective learning paper, project report and presentation to class

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
1-1 Individual and group assessment meetings1 hour1-9Verbal
Individual development plan and CV500 words1,3,4,6-9Verbal and written

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
E-Portfolio (to include reflection and evidence of business engagement)702800 words1, 3, 4, 6-9Written
Group Presentation 3010 minutes 2, 5, 8 ,9Verbal & written

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
As above100% Presentation - Case Study Analysis1 - 9July/August

Re-assessment notes

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 (70%), Group presentation (30%) ) are consolidated as a single individual deferred element (100%).

Syllabus plan

  • 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

Core Text

  • 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.

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Indicative learning resources - Other resources

Several resources from the University Careers Zone on interview techniques, designing cvs and completing applications 



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