Industrial Placement Experience (6 Months) - COMP9160

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2022 to 2023
Combined Autumn and Spring Terms 7 45 (22.5) checkmark-circle


Students spend a period working in an industrial or commercial setting, applying and enhancing the skills and techniques they have developed and studied earlier during their MSc programme. The work is undertaken under the direction of their industrial supervisor, but support is provided via a dedicated Placement Support Officer with the School. This support includes ensuring that the work they are being expected to do is such that they can meet the learning outcomes of the module.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 0
Private study hours vary with module and exact duration of placement but are typically: COMP9160 (CO916) = 450

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
Portfolio and logbook (pass/fail)
Performance evaluation (pass/fail)

Indicative reading


Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1 Apply an enhanced set of intellectual and subject-specific skills in an industrial context, building on those developed earlier during their programme.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1 Deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively.
2 Work with self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems.
3 Make sound judgements in the absence of complete data.
4 Plan, work and study independently and to use relevant resources in a manner that reflects good practice.
5 Make effective use of general IT facilities including information retrieval skills.
6 Manage their own learning and development, including time management and organisational skills.
7 Appreciate the importance of continued professional development as part of lifelong learning.
8 Work effectively as a member of a team.
9 Communicate technical issues clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
10 Act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional or equivalent level.
11 Apply knowledge and skills gained through academic study in a working environment.


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  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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