BI2W16-Industrial Year

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
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr John Bowen


Summary module description:

The aims of the placement are to:
(1) Provide the student with the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills gained in the first two years of their undergraduate studies.
(2) Extend knowledge and learning in chosen degree discipline
(3) Gain knowledge, understanding and skills of working in a business/research environment

Assessable learning outcomes:
The student will demonstrate their learning outcomes by:
(1) Preparing a written report of between 2–3,000 words analysing and evaluating their placement role within the organisation; rules of governance and other procedures affecting the role and the tools and methodologies being employed. The project will provide an academic appreciation of the placement; and an opportunity to research and evaluate alternative approaches, which should be of value to the employer, university and the placement student. The report will be submitted in the first week of the autumn term of their final year.
(2) Delivering a 15 minute presentation to their work/research placement manager and their university placement tutor. The presentation should provide an overview of the organisation, how the students department fits into the organisation and detail the knowledge and skills learnt from the placement experience.

Additional outcomes:
The student will experience and learn the types of knowledge and skills employers’ value, which will help them in both their applications and selection procedures for jobs when they graduate.

Outline content:
The area of work undertaken on the placement will be related to the students’ selected programme of study. The day to day content of the work will be set by the company. The work placement should provide the student with the opportunity for independent problem solving and working in a team.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The placement is a three-way partnership between the employer, the student and the university. Every student within their level of competence and training should have their ability stretched when out on placement. The student’s placement tutor will arrange to visit the student within the first 4 – 6 weeks of their placement and during this visit will agree a programme of learning which is compatible with the needs of the organisation and those of the student and the university. At the second and final visit (within the last eight weeks of the placement) the student will be required to give a presentation to both their placement manager and tutor.

Contact Hours
Placements in the UK: Two visits
Placements outside the UK: One visit (with presentation given back at university)

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Guided independent study 400 400 400
Total hours by term 400.00 400.00 400.00
Total hours for module 1200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Practical skills assessment 100

Other information on summative assessment:
The student is required to submit the following on completion of their placement:
(1) 2,000-3,000 word written report assessed by the students placement tutor
(2) 15 minute presentation assessed by placement manager and placement tutor
(3) Completed Knowledge and Skills Portfolio assessed by placement tutor
(4) Poster in agreed template style assessed by placement tutor

Successful completion of a placement does not contribute to the student’s final degree classification but earns them an ‘Applied’ degree in their subject area.

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:
    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:

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Resubmission of report, portfolio and poster.

    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: 3 February 2017

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