MM285-Work Mini-Placement

Module Provider: International Business and Strategy
Number of credits: 0 [0 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Summer term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Placement opportunity: Mini placement
Current from: 2021/2

Module Convenor: Ms Helen Slingsby

Type of module:

Summary module description:

A non-credit module that provides participating students with an opportunity to apply their knowledge and learning gained in their first one or two years in a business context through a mini placement, enhancing understanding and skills of working in a business environment, and reflecting on this experience to enhance awareness of the graduate employment market. For a mini placement to be accepted as having module status, it should be for a work experience period of a minimum of six weeks, and students will need to register for this module a minimum of two weeks prior to starting their mini placement. The deadline for registering for this module is the last day of the summer term. Students will not be able to register for this module retrospectively. Tier 4 (international and sponsored) students may take this module but may only start full-time work after the end of the summer term, and the placement must end before the start of the autumn term in the next academic year.


The module aims to provide the student with an opportunity to extend knowledge and learning in their chosen specialisation, apply the knowledge gained in the first one or two years in a business context, enhance understanding and skills of working in a business environment, and reflect upon issues of relevant professional ethics. By completing the assessment the student will enhance their ability of being a reflective learner, skilled at evaluating their own professional development needs.


Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the module it is expected that the student will be able to:

  • Evaluate their placement role within the organisation, and provide an academic appreciation of the placement.

  • Critically evaluate the observed work in relation to relevant professional codes of practice.

  • Understand how the student’s skills fit into the organisation, and identify the criteria necessary for the student to enhance his/her value to the o rganisation in the context of graduate employment.

Additional outcomes:

The module also aims to enhance potential employability on graduation in the job market through recognition of practical experience gained in full-time employment in the workplace, as well as from encouraging development of greater understanding of workplace requirements, understanding of the organisation’s criteria in the context of graduate recruitment processes and procedures, working with others, and the relationship between students’ academic studies and their application in practice in the market. Confidence, sense of responsibility, team working and communication skills will be enhanced.

Outline content:


Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Total hours by term
Total hours for module

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Report 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Within one month of completion of the mini placement, the student will need to provide a short report (between 1,000 and 2,000 words) summarising reflections on learning outcomes from the work experience, both related to the work carried out and related to the student’s own planned career path. The Module Convenor will need to accept the report and the student may resubmit the report within an extension period of a further month if the Module Convenor considers further reflection and work is needed. The report should be emailed directly to

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:

The Support Centres will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that 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:

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 13 July 2021


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