Introduction to 'With Industrial Experience'

Module description

This 1st year module is for students intending to under-take a year-long placement in a four-year WIE programme.

It will provide opportunity and support to develop the employability and personal development skills needed to explore career opportunities, to source and apply for an industrial placement.

Delivery is through blended learning with a combination of workshops, lectures and e-learning units, mainly in term 2.  Completion of all sessions is mandatory unless specified as optional.  

You will meet students who recently completed industrial placements, engage with employers, and will receive support from the Business School Careers Team and wider “WIE” community.

#Employability and exploring careers. #Being proactive to get ahead.


Additional Information:



This can lead to a 3rd year placement in the UK or internationally, with overseas placements considered on a case-by-case basis.


External Engagement:

You will engage with leading graduate employers as part of optional events made available via the Business School and University Careers Teams.



You will develop your understanding of employability skills and competencies through the module learning activities, assessments and optional networking events. 

Full module specification

Module title:Introduction to 'With Industrial Experience'
Module code:BSD1002
Module level:1
Academic year:2021/2
Module lecturers:
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Duration of module: Duration (weeks) - term 1:


Duration (weeks) - term 2:


Duration (weeks) - term 3:


Module aims

This is a non-credit bearing module that aims to prepare students on ‘with Industrial Experience’ programmes for the tasks and activities related to finding and securing a suitable placement for the third year of their degree.

The combination of workshops, lectures and e-learning units focus on career exploration, self-awareness of personal strengths, searching and applying for placements, and interview technique.  There will also be opportunities to meet with employers and with peer mentors (students who recently completed industrial placements).

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Differentiate the employability skills (competencies) relevant to placements or graduate employment
  • 2. Identify and critically reflect on personal experiences that demonstrate relevant employability skills;

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 3. Locate and interpret information sources to identify academic and employability skills development opportunities on your degree
  • 4. Locate and interpret information sources to identify career options where a degree in your degree subject area is essential/desirable/useful.

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 5. appraise the purpose and benefits of undertaking a 12-month placement;
  • 6. locate appropriate services and resources to help with career planning and placement search;

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 Activity8Lectures
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity4Workshops
Guided Independent Study15Research fo potential roles, interview preparation, CV building

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
CV assignmentB1(a): Draft CV (1-2 pages)1,2,6Verbal feedback from the Business School Careers Team and the central careers service Careers Consultants and peers
Application form assignment B2(a): Draft application form (750 -1000 words)1,2,6Verbal feedback from the Business School Careers Team and the central careers service Careers Consultants and peers

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
Portfolio of evidence: submitted in 3 stages: A, B and C 100A: a) What job would suit me? Online career planning tool (30 mins – 1 hour) b) Career action plan (300 - 600 words) 10%: due T2 B1(b): Final CV (1-2 pages) 30%: due T3 B2(b): Final Application form (1000 – 180e00 words) 30%: dueT3 C: LinkedIn profile 30%: due T3 1,2 (A1), 3,4,5 (A2), 1,2,6(b1(b), B2(b), C) Written feedback from the Business School Careers Team and the central careers service Careers Consultants.

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
As aboveOpen book written assessment1-6August/September Reassessment Period

Re-assessment notes

A pre-requisite for progression to BSD2002 is a BSD1002 mark of 50% or higher.

If a student fails to meet this BSD2002 pre-requisite they will be referred in all components and will be required to sit 100% re-assessment in the form of an ‘open book’ written assignment.

N.B. Assessments submitted late, but within 2 weeks of the stated deadlines, will be capped at 50%.

Re-assessment will consist of an ‘open book’ written assignment to be completed at a distance and submitted within 72 hours of it being set at the beginning of the referred/deferred exam period. ).

A student if deferred via a single component will be reassessed in that component only. 

Those students who fail to meet the pre-requisites for BSD2002 will be transferred back to the three year degree.  

1) The pre-requisites are: Achieving a mark of 50% or higher in BSD1002


2)  Achieving a weighted average of 50% or higher across Year 1.

Syllabus plan

Term 2 Lectures

v  Introduction to WIE and benefits of placements

v  Start with You

v  Your options

v  Shaping your CV

v  Effective Application Forms and cover letters

v  Interviews

v  Placement search

v  LinkedIn

Term 2 Workshops

v  CV

v  Effective application forms

Optional Events

Business School Placements fair (early Term 1)

Branching Out networking event with 4th year WIE students (Term 2) 

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Basic reading:

Inkson, K, Dries, N. and Arnold, J. (2015) Understanding careers, London: Sage

ELE – BSD1002 Introduction to With Industrial Experience

Career Zone -  Business School - Placement preparation & workplace skills

 ‘Your Employability Skills’ YES pages:


Module has an active ELE page?


Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources


Career Zone on-line careers resources:





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