BI2IND-Industrial Placement

Module Provider: School of Biological Sciences
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
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Renee Lee


Type of module:

Summary module description:

-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
Set exercise 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

This is a PASS/FAIL module.

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:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (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:
    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.

    Assessment requirements for a pass:

    Satisfactory reports from the student and the placement supervisor.

    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.

    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: 10 December 2018


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