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University of Exeter Business School

Introduction to 'With Industrial Experience'

Module titleIntroduction to 'With Industrial Experience'
Module codeBSD1002
Academic year2023/4
Module staff

Ms Joanne Abraham ()

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks



Number students taking module (anticipated)


Module description

This 1st year module is for students intending to under-take a year-long placement in a four-year WIE programme.

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

Delivery is through blended learning with a combination of workshops, lectures and e-learning units, mainly in term 2. 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 Careers Team and wider “WIE” community.

Additional Information:

This can lead to a 3rd year placement in the UK or internationally.

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 support e.g. interactive workshops, 1:1 appointments, careers chats, and e-learning units focussing on career exploration, self-awareness of personal strengths/skills, and searching, applying and competing for placements.  There will also be opportunities to meet and learn  from employers, and 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;
  • 7. Understand how to effectively apply and compete for work placements

Syllabus plan

It is envisaged that the syllabus is likely to include some, or all of the following topics, although precise content, order delivery method may vary;

  • Introduction to the ‘With Industrial Experience’ programme and the benefits of placements;
  • Self-Awareness – Understand your skills/strengths and how that could influence the placement you undertake or organisations you apply to
  • Research skills – Developing your research skills for placements
  • Creating your CV;
  • Effective application forms and cover letters;
  • Developing and using a LinkedIn Profile effectively.
  • How to be successful at interview

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 Activity15Combination of workshops, networking events, 1:1 meetings
Guided Independent Study16Individual participation in e-learning tasks e.g. research of potential roles, CV building, etc.

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method

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
(Not credit bearing) Participate in a range of employability activities to reach a minimum of 50% to progress to 2nd year WIE 100Submit a portfolio of record of engagement with activities.1-7Feedback through 1 to 1 meetings and workshops with Business School Careers Team

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Participate in a range of employability activitiesParticipation in a range of employability activities1-7Referral/deferral period

Re-assessment notes

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

If a student fails to meet this BSD2002 pre-requisite they will be referred in any necessary components from BSD1002, and capped at 50%.

Those students who fail to meet the pre-requisites for BSD2002 will be transferred back to the three year degree.  

1) The pre-requisites are:  Achieving a mark of 50% or higher in BSD1002


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

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

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

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

ELE – BSD1002 Introduction to With Industrial Experience

My Career Zone Digital -  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:





Indicative learning resources - Other resources


Key words search

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

Credit value
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Module pre-requisites


Module co-requisites

BEP1130 is the equivalent module for eligible Penryn students intending on pursuing WIE (exc. BSc Business)

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