AP2ST1-Industrial Training

Module Provider: Agriculture
Number of credits: 120 [60 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Placement opportunity: Maxi placement
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Gillian Rose

Email: g.rose@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
Students will complete a minimum of 40 weeks full time employment to gain relevant work experience in their chosen industry. Theoretical knowledge and practical skills gained throughout Part 1 and Part 2 will be used to benefit the placement organisation.

A maximum of 2 placements can be undertaken with a minimum duration of 20 weeks full time per placement. Placements must be agreed by the module convenor or Programme Director before they commence. Students will be supported in this process via lectures in the Autumn term.


  • to develop an understanding of, and gain practice in, the application process
  • to gain insight into a course-related industry and apply the knowledge and skills developed in Part 1 and Part 2 to the benefit of the host organisation
  • to further develop the student’s knowledge and practical skills
  • to develop and implement the use of transferable and interpersonal skills
  • to be aware of the aims and goals of the organisation as a whole and relate the outcomes of the placement department with the aims of the organisation

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module, students should be able to demonstrate:
•knowledge and awareness of their placement organisation and their contribution
•problem-solving skills
•the successful use of IT
•effective team working skills
•efficient communication skills (written and oral)
•application of knowledge and skills acquired during Part 1 and Part 2
•career managements skills including job search and effective applications

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:
The nature of the placement will vary widely depending on the host company, but students should integrate into the relevant organisation and become a useful asset. See the Blackboard site for this module for further information.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
One year industrial placement to gain relevant work experience in an industry related to the student’s degree programme.

There will be a number of lectures/assessment presentations, before and after the placement year, which you will be expected to attend.

The contact hours are indicative.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Placement 400 400 400
Total hours by term 400.00 400.00 400.00
Total hours for module 1200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Portfolio 100

Other information on summative assessment:
Students are required to produce a 5 minute podcast on the applications process to be submitted by the 1st October of the year the placement begins. A 15-minute presentation will be given in the Autumn term of the year you return, detailing the placement organisation, the student’s contribution and reflection on skills developed. See the Blackboard site for detailed information. The employer will rate the student’s performance.

The three elements of assessment are:
1. Podcast
2. Presentation
3. Employer report

Students must successfully complete their placement, pass all three components of the assessment and achieve an overall mark of 40%.

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:

    Requirements for a pass:
    Students must complete their placement and pass all three components of the assessment.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Re-submission of all assessment elements which are not passed at the first attempt except the 'employer report', which cannot be reassessed. Students who fail the placement year after the second attempt may transfer to the three year version of the degree.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
    1) Required text books:
    2) Specialist equipment or materials:
    3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
    4) Printing and binding:
    5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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