FB2PYB-Industrial Training Year

Module Provider: Food and Nutritional Sciences
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
Current from: 2019/0

Module Convenor: Dr Emma Bennett

Email: e.j.bennett@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module equips you for the marketplace as you build on your knowledge and skills  in a real working environment  and gain experiences which increase your employability. 


The module aims to:

• Give students an insight into the operation of a company and the opportunity to relate their academic study to the workplace.

•  Make the student aware of the nature and purpose of an organisation and how the department to which they are attached relates to the rest of the organisation.

• Contribute to the development of the student by providing responsibility commensurate with their level of knowledge, experience, potential and degree of maturity.

• Develop the student's interpersonal skills as well as their scientific knowledge and technical competence.

• Develop reflective practices as a tool for deeper learning, for application in the marketplace.

Assessable learning outcomes:

On completion of the module students should be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate and reflect upon their performance within an organisation

  2. Communicate the main elements of their placement to different audiences




Additional outcomes:

Each student's placement will be a unique experience, but for most students the outcome of the placement will, to a greater or lesser extent, develop the student's knowledge and understanding of:

  • Scientific and technical issues relevant to the company and their products

  • Economic and commercial considerations within the organisation

Outline content:

A maxi placement within a food company.  

Global context:

This module will enable students to work within a food company, most of which operate on a global scale to some degree.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Students will be treated as full time employees within the company and therefore receive any training in line with company policy. 

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Project Supervision 3 3
Placement 397 400 397
Total hours by term 400 400 400
Total hours for module 1200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Portfolio 24
Project output other than dissertation 20
Oral assessment and presentation 20
Practical skills assessment 36

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

This module is assessed on a pass/fail basis. Each individual element of the coursework must be passed in order to pass the module.

1. Learning Log x 3 = 45% (15% per learning log)

2. Company report = 25%

3. Tutor visit report = 10% (5% per visit)

4. Poster assignment = 20%


Formative assessment methods:

Submission of one learning log for formative feedback. 

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener 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[1] (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.

    Assessment requirements for a pass:

    Students must complete their placement and receive a minimum of 40% for each individual element of the coursework. 

    Reassessment arrangements:

    Resubmission of any individual element of the coursework that the student failed. If the students does not pass the company report or tutor visit then an oral examination with the Director of Teaching and Learning and Head of Industrial Training will be undertaken to critically evaluate the skills acquired during the industrial placement(s).

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    1) Required text books: 

    2) Specialist equipment or materials: 

    3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear: ‘In compliance with the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) 1992 Act, while studying this module students will be expected to wear the following item/s: Lab coat / Safety glasses/ Safety boots/The cost of these items will be borne by the employer. 

    Students who choose not to purchase from the University must ensure that that their PPE meets the latest British/European Safety Standards’.

    4) Printing and binding: 

    5) Computers and devices with a particular specification: 

    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence: The costs will vary depending upon which company the student carries out their placement with. 

    Last updated: 8 April 2019


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