MA2PY-Industrial Placement Year

Module Provider: Mathematics and Statistics
Number of credits: 120 [60 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites: Studying for a mathematics or environmental physics degree
Modules excluded:
Placement opportunity: Maxi placement
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Peter Chamberlain


Summary module description:

This module, available only to those on mathematics undergraduate programmes, aims to provide experience of working in industry, government, research or other appropriate organisations.

Assessable learning outcomes:
The ability to undertake a work placement, possibly as part of a team.

Additional outcomes:
Depending on the placement, there may be the opportunity to learn new computing packages or new mathematical / statistical techniques.

Outline content:
Determined by the actual placement.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Training takes place in the workplace, usually including attendance at Continuing Professional Development courses as well as mentoring by a line manager. Actual contact hours will vary according to the placement and employer.

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
Report 100

Other information on summative assessment:
Satisfactory completion of the placement is determined by the student's progress throughout the year, plus reports submitted by the student and by their employer. Those who do not complete the placement year satisfactorily will be permitted to continue to Part 3 of the non-placement version of the relevant degree programme.

Formative assessment methods:
Students receive mentoring and guidance from a local supervisor, and have contact with their personal tutor and the Department's Placement Tutor.

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:
    Satisfactory reports from the student and the industrial supervisor.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Resubmission of student report if this was unsatisfactory.

    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: 31 March 2017

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