BI2PZO-Summer Placement in Zoology

Module Provider: School of Biological Sciences
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Summer term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2014/5

Module Convenor: Dr Phil Baker


Summary module description:

To recognise the work-place learning that students complete during a self-organised mini-placement which will take place in the summer vacation. The module is an excellent opportunity for students who wish to improve their skills, knowledge and employability to complete a degree-specific work placement or volunteering in a relevant organisation. The module will encourage the student to reflect upon the skills they have and appreciate what skills they need to develop to help them gain post-graduate employment.

Assessable learning outcomes:
After completing the module, students will:

•Evaluate their own performance and develop written communication skills through completing a report at the end of the placement
•Have a reference from their employer/supervisor that shows their strengths and weaknesses.

Additional outcomes:
•Students will gain experience of applying for a work placement or volunteering opportunity, which will prove valuable when applying for graduate jobs
•Students will see the practical application of knowledge gained in their degree and have a clearer idea of the skills and knowledge required for successful employment
•This module gives students an opportunity to build networks with professionals in a work environment relevant to their degree
•Increased employability by developing skills such as team work, communication and organisational skills in a work-based environment.
•Gain increased self-confidence from working in a professional environment.

Outline content:
Students will organise their own mini work-based placement to take place in the summer vacation between parts one and two (it can be taken as a part three module the following year since students can take up to 20 credits from part two but only if the module was not taken the previous year). This could be a work experience placement, paid work or volunteering but this must be related to the degree subject that students are taking. Please note that the placement must be approved by the module convenor and programme advisor before the work-based learning takes place. Since part of the assessment is provided by the employer, it is also essential that they agree that they will write a reference for the student on completion of the placement prior to the placement being agreed.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
At the beginning of the Autumn Term students will attend a seminar given to all Biological Sciences students by the Careers Team to discuss the module aims and the process of finding a suitable placement. Thereafter tutorials with the programme advisor will be scheduled in both the Spring Term and Summer Term to ensure that the placement is suitable for the degree and that students understand what is expected of them. At the Autumn Term following the placement, students will submit a reflective placement log no later than Monday of week 2. The log will record skills they have developed, techniques they have learnt and will include self-reflection on their own attributes and how these need to be honed to obtain jobs.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 1
Tutorials 1 1
Guided independent study 30
Placement 67
Total hours by term 1.00 1.00 98.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Portfolio 80
Practical skills assessment 20

Other information on summative assessment:
In addition to the placement log, the employer/supervisor of the student will be asked to complete a reference form and this will form 20% of the marks.

Formative assessment methods:
Formative feedback will be provided by the employers at the placement, who must agree that the student can use their placement as part of their degree.

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:
    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:
    A mark of 40% overall

    Reassessment arrangements:
    It is not possible to retake this module in the same format. If a student fails the overall module, the student will be asked to re-submit the report following requested revision but the mark will be capped at 40% according to University rules.

    Last updated: 8 October 2014

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