GV2PE-Professional Experience

Module Provider: Geography and Environmental Science
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: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Rob Batchelor

Email: c.r.batchelor@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
This module provides students with practical experience in the work place, in a relevant field, to give them an introduction to a professional career in geography or environmental science, and to give them the opportunity to apply and develop the skills they have acquired in their taught courses

To provide students with a maxi-placement in a relevant work environment.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module students should be able to: * apply the skills and knowledge acquired in their taught courses to tasks in the work place * work effectively when subject to the conditions and responsibilities required in the work place * be familiar with the health and safety regulations relevant to the field in which they have been employed * appreciate and understand the relevance and applications of the tasks in which they have been employed in the fields of geography or environmental science * maintain a weekly learning log during their period of employment * compile a concise report on their period of employment and its relevance in the field of geography or environmental science, and submit it to a deadline * give an oral presentation on aspects of their period of employment and the associated report.

Additional outcomes:
Students will gain hands on experience of full time employment in the professional work place, which is directly relevant to their skills and knowledge in environmental science. Their confidence and self-reliance, maturity and sense of responsibility, team working and communication skills will be enhanced. The overall experience will be potentially invaluable in terms of their future career development and employability.

Outline content:

The student will be helped to select and apply for an appropriate approved professional placement, advice being provided both by academic staff within the Department of Geography & Environmental Science and by staff in the Career, Placement and Experience Centre (CPEC). They will take up their appointment as a full time placement for a period of at least nine months, normally commencing in September in Year 3. The employer will provide mentoring for the student during the period of employment. The student's Placement Advisor will monitor their progress and be available as a point of contact with the University for the student, their mentor/s and the employer. Further advice and support will be available from CPEC. The student will submit a written report (word limit 6000 words), and give an oral presentation in the department during the Autumn Term of Year 4. Placement Advisor contact includes: - guidance on the selection of, and application for, an appropriate placement - monitoring of progress and source of advice during the placement - encouragement and advice during the writing of the report and preparation of the presentation.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Selection of and application for an appropriate professional placement, with individual tutorial and advice from the Careers, Placements and Experience Centre. Working for a period of at least nine months in relevant employment with professional guidance. Applying geography or environmental expertise to the tasks arising during the placement. Completing a weekly learning log. Developing an understanding of, and evaluating the relevance of, the field of employment to environmental science. Compilation of a written report and learning log and presentation of an oral report.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Placement 500 500 200
Total hours by term 500.00 500.00 200.00
Total hours for module 1200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Report 90
Oral assessment and presentation 10

Other information on summative assessment:

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: 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:
    None - coursework only

    Requirements for a pass:

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Re-submission of Professional Year report or transfer to BSc Environmental Science or Geography or Geography & Economics as appropriate.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    Costs associated with undertaking a placement, in addition to the reduced tuition fee (15%), will vary according to each student and will be the responsibility of the individual to cover. These costs may include travel, visa, living expenses and in some cases clothing and equipment. UK students may be eligible to receive maintenance loans/grants from their Student Finance Authority to help with the cost of study. There is a limited placement bursary available from the University for home/EU students with a household income of £42,000 or less.

    Last updated: 5 July 2017

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