PO2WEP-Work Experience Year

Module Provider: School of Politics, Economics and International Relations
Number of credits: 120 [60 ECTS credits]
Level:5
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Placement opportunity: Maxi placement
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Mark Shanahan

Email: m.j.shanahan@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
This module is a work placement year. The area of work undertaken on the placement will be related to the students’ programme of study in the School of Politics and International Relations. The day to day content of the work will be set by the placement employer. The work placement should provide the student with the opportunity for independent problem solving and working in a team.

Aims:
This module provides the student with the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills gained in the first two years of their undergraduate studies. It aims to extend students’ knowledge and learning in their chosen degree discipline and gain knowledge, understanding and skills of working in a relevant environment.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that the student will be able to:
-demonstrate in-depth understanding of their placement organisation, structure and rules of governance and their own role within this structure
-offer a detailed academic appreciation of the placement by relating the placement role to academic study and demonstrating in-depth understanding of the ways in which theory and practice are linked
-present material and articulate arguments in both written and oral form.

Additional outcomes:
Students will develop a greater understanding of the requirements of the workplace through experience of full time employment in a setting of direct relevance to their skills and knowledge in the field of Politics and International Relations. Through the placement students will build on their experience of team based work. They will gain experience of planning, organisation, communication and research within the workplace. The experience will be relevant to future career development and employability.

Outline content:
The area of work undertaken on the placement will be related to the student's programme of study in the School of Politics and International Relations. The day to day content of the work will be set by the student's employer. 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:
Students will receive guidance on placement planning and remain supported by the School Placement Officer throughout their year.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Placement 600 600
       
Total hours by term 600.00 600.00
       
Total hours for module 1200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Report 70
Oral assessment and presentation 30

Other information on summative assessment:
Written report:
Students will write one report of 4,000-5,000 words (+/-10%) analysing and evaluating their placement year. The deadline for submission on Blackboard is the first day of the autumn term following completion of the placement year. This report will be worth 70% of the module mark. Students will be expected to outline the nature and structure of the organisation. They will offer an academic appreciation of the placement by relating the placement role to academic study and demonstrate a clear understanding of the ways in which theory and practice are linked. Students will be expected to outline any challenges faced and reflect on the impact of their placement experience on skills development and future graduate destination choices.

Oral presentation:
Students will give one oral presentation to the module convenor and the School Placement Officer within the first three weeks of the Autumn term following completion of the placement year. The presentation should last between 15-30 minutes. It will contribute 30% of the module mark. The presentation should provide an overview of the organisation and the student role. It should demonstrate critical engagement and original thought in the application of theory to practice as well as detail the knowledge and skills learnt from the placement experience.

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:

    Requirements for a pass:
    40%

    Reassessment arrangements:
    As passing this module is not a requirement to progress to part 3 there is no facility to resubmit coursework unless the student has extenuating circumstances. If the student fails the module by not completing the formative assessment a Fail mark will appear on the transcript.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    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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