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University of Exeter Business School

Introduction to 'With Industrial Experience'

Module titleIntroduction to 'With Industrial Experience'
Module codeBEP1130
Academic year2023/4
Module staff

Dr Susan Kinsey ()

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks




Number students taking module (anticipated)


Module description

This 1st year module is for Penryn Business School (excluding BSc Business) students intending to under-take a year-long placement in a four-year WIE programme.


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

Delivery is through blended learning with a combination of workshops, lectures and e-learning.  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.

Module aims - intentions of the module

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).

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 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

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 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

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 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;

Syllabus plan

BEP1130 Term 2 Lectures

v  Introduction to WIE and WIE assignments explained

v  Start with You

v  Signposting to all our services

v  LinkedIn

v  CVs

v  Application Forms and cover letters

v  Interview techniques

v  Placement search

BEP1130 Term 2 Workshops

v  CV

v  Effective application forms


Optional Events

Business School Placements fair (early Term 1 of 2nd year)

Where possible, networking opportunities with 4th year WIE students (Term 2) 

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 Activity12Lectures and workshops
Guided Independent Study22Research for potential roles, interview preparation, CV building

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
CV assignment C: 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 D: 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 4 stages: A, B C and D100A: Career action plan 10% - 10 MCQ quiz on ELE (1 hour) B: Linkedin profile 30%: due T2 C: Final CV (1-2 pages) 30%: due T2 D: Final Application form (1000 – 1800 words) 30%: dueT2 A – 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 B - 2 C – 1, 2, 6 D – 1,2, 6Written feedback from the Careers Team

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
As aboveAs above, can take component(s) as required1-6August/September Reassessment Period

Re-assessment notes

A pre-requisite for progression to BEP2180 is a BEP1130 mark of 50% or higher.

If a student fails to meet this BEP2180 pre-requisite they will be referred in any necessary components from BEP1130, and capped at 50%.

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

Those students who fail to meet the pre-requisites for BEP2180 will be transferred back to the three year degree.  

1) The pre-requisites are:  Achieving a mark of 50% or higher in BEP1130.


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

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

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

ELE – BSD1002 Introduction to With Industrial Experience (same link for BEP1130)

Career Zone -  Business School - Placement preparation & workplace skills

 ‘Your Employability Skills’ YES pages:

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources


Career Zone on-line careers resources:










Other resources: Handshake


Key words search

Industrial experience, industrial placement, career, employability, work experience

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