The placement to which the module relates provides a structured opportunity to combine appropriate developmental work experience with academic study. The placement 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 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 placement situations make the "curriculum" of each placement essentially unique. The unifying features, with which the project for this module is concerned (see 16.) 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 placement record of engagement. The assembly, content and organisation of this are assessed in EC558 Industry Assessment. 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.
This module appears in the following module collections.
There will be a set of briefings about the placement process during Stage 2. These activities are outlined in the module description for EC558 Industry Assessment. They support the process of applying for placements and preparing for undertaking an assessed placement.
During the placement year, the placement co-ordinator, the Director of Placements, their tutor or another member of staff will stay in touch with the student and the relevant employer to determine progress. These virtual meetings will include preliminary discussion on the report required for this module.
Appropriate guides and sections of a module Moodle page (EC536) provide support for activities related to placements.
Those who have returned from placements will be encouraged (but not required) to pass on their knowledge and expertise to those on placements, those seeking placements, or those thinking of applying for placement degrees.
The total number of learning hours associated with this module is estimated to be 300.
Method of assessment
The assessment is entirely by a Report (6000 words) related to the record of engagement required by EC558 Industry Assessment.
The record of engagement is built up over the year of the placement. The report for this project should include a summary of what has been done on the placement, some basic evidence or illustrations of work carried out or accomplishments in the role, evidence of the integration of theory and practice, academic study and work based experience, self-assessment by the student of the learning they have achieved, and how this will influence their final year of study and subsequent career.
The report must be submitted by the last working day of October in Stage 3. (Requests for concessions would be dealt with as on other modules.)
Material submitted in connection with this report may not be directly used in subsequent work, though it may be cited in work that builds on it, for example in a final year project or other module.
The suggested textbooks are:
Brennan, J & Little, B (2002), A Review of Work Based Learning in Higher Education, Prentice Hall
Little, B (1998), Developing Key Skills Through Work Placement, Council for Industry & H E
See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)
The module aims to:
• develop students' practical knowledge and understanding of successful business (A1-3)
• develop knowledge and understanding of contemporary practice and issues, deepening and/or integrating subject knowledge with practice, using the placement context (A1-3, C1-3).
• develop ability to apply some of the intellectual skills specified for the main programme in practice (B3-5).
• develop ability to analyse and draw reasoned conclusions about economic problems and relatively complex situations working in an organisational setting (B1-4, C1-3).
• develop ability to apply some of the subject-specific skills specified for the required core in practice (B1-5, C1-5).
These learning outcomes map onto Stage S of the relevant programmes, where they are also linked to relevant subject benchmark statements.The placement year is the key component of "with a year in industry" for relevant specified programmes.
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