Year In Industry Report - BUSN6980

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Combined Autumn and Spring Terms 6 30 (15) Sophie Davis checkmark-circle


The Year in Industry to which the module relates provides a structured opportunity to combine appropriate developmental work experience or entrepreneurial activity with academic study. The Year in Industry experience allows students to develop and reflect on managerial and / or professional practice in real and often complex situations, and to integrate this with the study of the relevant subject(s) of their main programme. Where relevant, they develop, reinforce and apply professional and / or technical expertise in an employment or entrepreneurial context.

The ability to integrate this work based learning with the modules of Stages 1, 2 and 3 is a high level cognitive task. The particular combination of the student's degree programme and choice of modules together with the great variety of increasingly diverse Year in Industry situations make the "curriculum" of each Year in Industry unique. The unifying features, with which the project for this module is concerned are integration of theory and practice, and the development of the student as an independent learner and reflective practitioner.
This background is why the report for the module has to be linked to the Year in Industry portfolio.

The assembly, content and organisation of this activity are assessed in BUSN6990 Year in Industry Experience. This module assesses how effectively the student can use this to demonstrate integration of theory and practice, self-assessment of achieved learning and reflection on this.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 0 hours
Work Placement or Business Start-Up: 300
Total study hours: 300

Method of assessment

13.1 Main assessment methods

Business Project Report (5000 -7000 words) (100%)

13.2 Reassessment methods
Reassessment Instrument: 100% Project

Indicative reading

Brennan, J & Little, B (2002), A Review of Work Based Learning in Higher Education, Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall
Cottrell, S. (2003) Skills for Success: The Personal Development Planning Handbook, London: Palgrave Macmillan
Rock, S. (2016). Work Experience, Placements and Internships. London: MacMillan
Seely, J. (2002) Writing Reports, Oxford: Oxford University Press
Sharp, J.A, Peters, J & Howard, K (2002), The Management of a Student Research Project (3rd edn.), Abingdon: Gower

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
8.1 Demonstrate practical knowledge and understanding of successful business.
8.2 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of contemporary practice and issues, deepening and/or integrating subject knowledge with practice, using the industry context.
8.3 Apply some of the intellectual skills specified for the main programme in practice.
8.4 Analyse and draw reasoned conclusions about management problems and relatively complex situations working in business setting.
8.5 Apply some of the subject-specific skills specified for the required core in practice.

9. The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
9.1 Identify and make effective use of information from various sources to assess ideas.
9.2 Be an effective self-manager of time, to plan and deliver required outputs effectively.
9.3 Communicate effectively orally and in writing, using media appropriate to the purpose;
9.4 Critically apply numeracy, analytical, quantitative IT skills to evaluate business issues and problems.


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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