RE3WBL-Work Based Learning

Module Provider: Real Estate and Planning
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Summer & Autumn Terms
Pre-requisites: RE1IAP Investment Appraisal and RE2PREP Projects in Real Estate and Planning (2)
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Placement opportunity: Mini placement
Current from: 2021/2

Module Convenor: Miss Jane Batchelor

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module aims to provide the student with an opportunity to: reflect on professional practice while extending the knowledge gained in the first two years of the programme; understand the business context related to the chosen Part 3 specialism; enhance understanding, skills and employability and allow identification of individual strengths, and areas of improvement within the work environment.

This module is delivered at the University of Reading and requires undertaking a work placement of a minimum of 4 weeks / 150 hours.  This could be completed via a remote research project or physically in a workplace.



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 two years in a business context, enhance understanding and skills of working in a business environment, and reflect upon issues of relevant professional ethics.

Assessable learning outcomes:

Upon completion 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 e nhance his/her value to the organisation in the context of graduate recruitment; 

  • Exhibit reflective practice and enlightenment for their own continued professional development; 

  • Appraise and accurately apply different reflective development practices.

Additional outcomes:

The module also aims to enhance potential employability upon graduation by providing practical experience in full time employment in the market, 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 their academic studies and their application in practice in the market. Confidence, sense of responsibility, team working and communication skills will be enhanced.

Further outcomes include: 

  • Recognition and questioning of the role of emotions in shaping events and placing these in context; 

  • Examination and appraisal of a range of perspectives; 

  • Integration of properly referenced literature. 

Outline content:

The area of work undertaken on the placement will be related to the student’s degree discipline, and should provide the opportunity for independent problem solving and team working. Day to day content of the work will be set by the organisation.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

  • Lectures on reflective learning theories, securing and making the most of the placement experience.

  • 150 hour work placement, and an additional 6 hours independent study and 5 hours contact time.

  • The work-based learning is undertaken during the summer at the end of Part 2 and before the Part 3 autumn term. 

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 2 1 2
Work-based learning 150
Total hours by term 2 1 152
Total hours for module 100

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

One report with a word guide of 2,500 words. Coursework should be submitted via Turnitin in week 7 (TT week 11) of Part 3 (autumn term).

Formative assessment methods:

Students are able to see the Module Convenor in 1 to 1 appointments to discuss the report structure and reflective practice undertaken before submission to ensure correct approaches are adopted. 

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:

A mark of at least 40%.  

Reassessment arrangements:

Reassessment will be by the same method as for the module’s original assessment requirements, subject to variation by the Examination Board where appropriate. 

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 8 April 2021


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