BI2IND-Industrial Placement

Module Provider: School of Biological Sciences
Number of credits: 120 [60 ECTS credits]
Level:5
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Placement opportunity: Maxi placement
Module version for: 2014/5

Module Convenor: Dr Rob Jackson

Email: r.w.jackson@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:

Aims:
- to gain insight into a programme-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 of experimental design and lab-based 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
- 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

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.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
One year industrial placement to gain relevant work experience in a related industry.

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
Report 70
Project output other than dissertation 30

Other information on summative assessment:

Formative assessment methods:
University-based formative assessments will not be employed. However, students will be expected to conform to company-specific requirements for any formative assessments, such as performance reviews or oral presentations.

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener 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 receive a minimum of 40% overall.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Re-submission of 3,000 word report together with an oral exam with the Programme Director and academic supervisor to critically evaluate the skills acquired during the placement. This must be done by the beginning of the Spring term following the placement year.

    Last updated: 8 October 2014

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