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University of Exeter Business School

Business School Industrial Experience (Penryn)

Module titleBusiness School Industrial Experience (Penryn)
Module codeBEP3002
Academic year2023/4
Module staff

Ms Jenny Tunley Price (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks



Number students taking module (anticipated)


Module description

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.

Module aims - intentions of the module

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.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

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

  • 1. Critical reflection of practical experiences gained to analyse the impact they may have on the student?s career development/progression.
  • 2. Link real-life situations/problems to subject specific knowledge obtained through previous modules and academic literature.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

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

  • 3. Understand the political, legal, ethical, social, economic, cultural, sustainability, technological and operational considerations which influence a workplace/industry.

ILO: Personal and key skills

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

  • 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.

Syllabus plan

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.

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
Contact8Regular 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.

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Employability Self-AssessmentDraft Analysis for ONE competency1-8Employability Adviser will provide feedback guidance for student's analysis of ONE competency.
Business ReportDraft report2-8Feedback 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)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Employability Self-Assessment against specific and detailed competency marking criteria, incorporating feedback directly from the student's supervisor.40Max 2,500 (+/-10%) words, due by end of April in the placement year.1-8Feedback by Employability Adviser
Business Report603,500 words due by mid-June in the placement year.2-8Feedback by WIE Tutor

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Employability Self-AssessmentReflective Essay, 2,500 (+/-10%) words (40%)1-7July Reassessment Period
Business ReportBusiness Report 3,500 words (60%)1-7July Reassessment Period

Re-assessment notes

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.

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:


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).
Credit value120
Module pre-requisites
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.
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