CL2APL-Academic Work Placement

Module Provider: Classics
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring / Summer term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded: CL2PL Work placement for Classicists and Ancient Historians
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Emma Aston


Type of module:

Summary module description:
«p»«p»This module allows students to undertake academic work placements for credit. Students on the module undertake an academic placement offered by a member of staff in the Department and related to his/her own research (or teaching). This allows students to gain experience and understanding of the work of research and teaching professionals. «/p»

This module aims to give students insight into the work of academics, and to equip them with key research skills of relevance to their remaining undergraduate work and also to any postgraduate study they might undertake.

Assessable learning outcomes:

Students who complete the module successfully will:

• secure an academic placement by applying with a formal letter;

  •  contribute to a research, or Teaching and Learning, activity under the guidance of a member of staff;

  •  evaluate the success and usefulness of the placement

Additional outcomes:

Students will:

  • gain significant experience of the work of professional academics;

  • boost their own research skills;

  • enhance their organisational abilities.

Outline content:

In each year, a small number of academic placement opportunities will be offered by staff. Students wishing to take CL2APL apply to work on one of the projects by writing a formal letter of application to the relevant member of staff. If several candidates present themselves for one placement, an informal interview may be arranged.  Placements are carried out in the summer term after the exams period, or over the summer vacation; it is expected that most students will complete the placement in the summer of their first year of study. Placements involve the student in assisting the lecturer with a current research task or Teaching and Learning activity. Projects may include (depending on availability): • contributing to a publication or other research project by collating material and/or working on its analysis; • helping to collate and arrange resources for an undergraduate module, current or planned; • working on a project in the Ure Museum. Should a student not secure a placement applied for, he/she will be instructed to select another 10-credit module instead.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
An initial briefing meeting in the Spring term will inform students about the academic placement opportunities on offer in the Department. Subsequent sessions will be held on how to apply for the placement (including writing a covering letter), on the presentations required for the student workshop, and on the writing of the final evaluation exercise.

Placement supervision:
Once a student has secured a placement, the member of staff providing it will provide the following:
•an initial meeting to explain the work which the student is to carry out;
•a meeting after one week to check progress and offer further guidance and feedback;
•a final meeting to discuss the fruits of the placement and its completion.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Project Supervision 3
Practicals classes and workshops 2 2
Guided independent study 23
Placement 70
Total hours by term 2.00 98.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 90
Oral assessment and presentation 10

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

This module is assessed through two components.

  • Students on the module give a 15-minute presentation in the second week of the autumn term following the placement. This presentation tells the convenor and the rest of the group about the work done on the placement. It contributes 10% of the module mark.

  • Students hand in a portfolio consisting of a) an evaluation of their academic placement experience, and b) a short form completed by the placement provider to testify that the student has completed the placement work satisfactorily and to provide the student with some written feedback. This portfolio is due in by 12 noon on Thursday of week 3 of the autumn term following the placement. It contributes 90% of the module mark.

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.

Assessment requirements for a pass:

Reassessment arrangements:
Re-submission in August

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: 20 April 2018


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