Introduction to 'With Industrial Experience'

Module description

This module prepares you to undertake a year-long placement during the third year of a four year programme. You will undertake careers management skills development which will prepare you to source and apply for an industrial placement.

This module is delivered through a number of workshops, lectures and e-learning units, mainly in term 2.  Attendance at all timetabled sessions is mandatory.  

You will be meeting students who have previously completed the industrial placement, engage with employers, and receive support from the Business School Careers Team.

Full module specification

Module title:Introduction to 'With Industrial Experience'
Module code:BSD1002
Module level:1
Academic year:2020/1
Module lecturers:
Module credit:
ECTS value:






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 workshops, lectures and e-learning units will 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 have already completed their industrial placement).

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. understand the purpose and benefits of undertaking a 12 month placement
  • 2. locate appropriate services and resources that will help you with your career planning and placement search
  • 3. understand the process of job acquisition, with specific regard to the various types of processes that might be involved in applying for placements and graduate level jobs

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. locate information sources that will help them identify: a) The skills ? discipline specific and transferable - that they should acquire by completing their degree b) Career options where a degree in their subject area is essential (where relevant), career options where a degree in their subject area is desirable, career options where a degree in their subject area would be useful.

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 5. identify, critically reflect on, and provide examples of, own experiences that demonstrate your personal and key skills and their relevance to placement or graduate employment

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

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
CV assignmentB1(a): Draft CV (1-2 pages)3Verbal 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)3Verbal 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 C100A: a) What job would suit me? Online career planning tool (30 mins – 1 hour) b) Career action plan (300 - 600 words) 10%: T2 B1(b): Final CV (1-2 pages) 40%: T3 B2(b): Final Application form (1000 – 18e00 words) 40%: T3 C: LinkedIn profile 10%: due T3 5 (A1), 2,4,5 (A2), 3 (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
Portfolio of evidence Open book written assessment2, 3, 4, 5August examination period

Re-assessment notes

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

A student will be referred in all components if the student fails to meet this BSD2002 pre-requisite.

N.B. Assessments which are submitted late, but within 2 weeks of the stated deadlines, will be capped at 40%.

Re-assessment will consist of an ‘open book’ written assessment to be completed at a distance and submitted within 72 hours of it being set on the Monday 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 BS2002 without due cause will be transferred back to the three year degree.  The pre-requisites are:

1) Achieving a mark of 50% or higher in BSD1002


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

Syllabus plan


Introduction to WIE and benefits of placements

What job's for me

Finding a Placement 

What are my strengths

Shaping your CV

Effective Application Forms

Interview techniques


CV workshop (1 x 2 hour workshop)

Effective application forms (1 x 2 hour workshop)

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Basic reading:

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

ELE – The Business School’s online careers management skills page on the ELE: ‘Your Employability Skills’ YES pages:

Career Zone on-line careers resources:





Module has an active ELE page?


Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

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