Business School Industrial Experience
This module allows you to undertake a year-long placement during the third year of a four year programme. You will be responsible for finding your own placement, having developed the careers management skills necessary for a competitive graduate labour market under BSD2002 and BSD1002.
The module provides an invaluable opportunity to put the theory learned during your first two years of study into practice in the workplace, whilst identifying the opportunities, issues and challenges of the working environment. The module structure provides a chance and the support for you to use personal development techniques to identify your strengths and weaknesses, to develop and extend your relevant work-based competencies, skills and knowledge.
Students can undertake their work placement in the UK, in any of the European Union countries that participate in the Erasmus+ programme or other approved international setting.
Students work with various employers in the UK, Europe, or other approved international settings.
As a result of their work placements, students gain valuable work experience and develop their employability competencies and professional skillset.
Full module specification
|Module title:||Business School Industrial Experience|
Minimum overall weighted average of 50.0% in Level 1; satisfactory completion of the compulsory Placement Preparation modules BSD1002 (with minimum 50% mark) and BSD2002.
|Duration of module:||
Duration (weeks) - term 1: |
11Duration (weeks) - term 2:
This module will permit students to study on a minimum 33 week placement during the third year of a 4 year programme. Placements are organised by the students, with School support, and must be approved by the Business School Careers Team in advance of placement start date.
The aims of the placement are to:
Develop and extend relevant work-based skills and knowledge;
Develop an understanding of work-place competencies and their significance in personal career development/progression;
Provide the opportunity for students to develop an understanding of a business environment through practical experience; to encompass NGOs, SMEs etc.
Gain experience in the use of technologies and applications commonly used in organisations;
Develop business awareness and acumen.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. Critical reflection of practical experiences gained to analyse the impact they may have on the students career development/progression
- 2. Link real-life situations/problems to subject specific knowledge obtained through previous modules and academic literature
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 3. Understand the political, legal, ethical, social, economic, cultural, sustainability, technological and operational considerations which influence a workplace/industry
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 4. Identify, develop and extend practical work-based skills, competencies and experience
- 5. Develop/enhance techniques for gathering evidence to support self-promotion during appraisals/job applications/interviews
- 6. Use effective time management to meet work and academic commitments
- 7. Build a beneficial relationship/network within the employer organization and with an academic tutor
- 8. Use a range of technologies and applications relevant to most work places
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|
|Contact hours||8||Regular progress reviews with WIE tutor via a combination of telephone/email/Skype/face-to-face meeting. Students on international placement will have reviews by phone, email or Skype.|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Employability Self-Assessment||Draft Analysis for ONE competency||1-8||Employability Adviser will provide feedback guidance for student's analysis of ONE competency|
|Business Report||Draft Report||2-8||Feedback provided by WIE tutor either electronically via e mail/ELE/phone/Skype or personally on a one-to-one placement visit|
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|
|Employability Self-Assessment against specific and detailed competency marking criteria, incorporating feedback directly from the student's supervisor||40||Max 2,500 (+/-10%) words, due by end of April in the placement year||1-8||Feedback by Employability Adviser|
|Business Report||60||3,500 words due by mid-June in the placement year||2-8||Feedback by WIE Tutor|
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|
|Employability Self-Assessment||Reflective Essay, 2,500 (+/-10%) words (40%)||1-7||July Reassessment Period|
|Business Report||Business Report 3,500 words (60%)||1-7||July Reassessment Period|
Deferred students will be reassessed in the element that has been mitigated.
Students will be referred only if they achieve under 40% overall. If this is the case students will then be reassessed in any elements they have failed.
Please note if students do not achieve 40% on the reassessment attempt, they will be put on to the three year variant of their programme. This module will appear on your transcript as a fail and the student will no longer have ‘with Industrial Experience’ in their degree title.
The day to day experience of the student will depend on the placement. Students will have two key summative assignments in the second half of their placement and will be responsible for managing their academic workload across the placement to fit around work commitments. Student will have a range of contact and support points with other students and University staff, together with formal meetings/review sessions with designated staff within the placement organisation.
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
Please refer to ELE for general reading, specific reading/research will need to be discussed with your placement organisation and Academic Lead
Web based resources refer to ELE site:
Preparatory materials provided by the Placement Preparation sessions, including guidance on critical reflection techniques, employability competencies and making the most of placement opportunities.
Module has an active ELE page?
Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources
Refer to ELE site:
Indicative learning resources - Other resources
Preparatory materials provided by the Placement Preparation sessions, including guidance on writing a reflective log (appropriate examples provided if available).
Last revision date