Skip to main content

University of Exeter Business School

Business Practice (Placement/Work Experience Project)

Module titleBusiness Practice (Placement/Work Experience Project)
Module codeBEP2030
Academic year2023/4
Module staff

Dr Susan Kinsey (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks



Number students taking module (anticipated)


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.

Module aims - intentions of the module

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.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

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

  • 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

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

  • 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

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

  • 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

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

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%).

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.

Indicative learning resources - Other resources

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



Key words search

Work place learning, Business Practice, Work placement, Business BSc

Credit value15
Module ECTS


NQF level (module)


Available as distance learning?


Origin date


Last revision date