Preparing for an Economics Placement - ECON5360

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2022 to 2023
Combined Autumn and Spring Terms 5 4 (2) Penelope Pacheco-Lopez checkmark-circle


This module is compulsory for all students in the School of Economics planning to take a year in industry placement. The first part of the module consists of workshops, which include a talk on the placements and how to improve your CV and cover letters, followed by practical sessions with one-to-one guidance. There is a session on competency tests, and one interview techniques that includes mock interviews, and finally a question and answer session on getting a placement. For the rest of autumn and spring term students on this module are able to take advantage of a two-hour drop-in session each week, for one-to-one advice on their placement search.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 10

Private study hours: 30

Total study hours: 40


This is an elective module for all Single Honours Economics Programmes Joint Honours Programmes with a pathway option for a Year in Industry (Stage s)

The module is NOT available to students across other degree programmes in the University

Method of assessment

The module is non-contributory and assessment does not 'count' towards the formal 360 credit diet (270 credits for classification purposes) of the Year in Industry programmes.

Indicative reading

• S. Cottrell (2010), Skills for Success, Palgrave Macmillan.
• F. Trought (2011), Brilliant Employability Skills, Pearson.
• J. Van Emden & L. Becker (2010), Presentation Skills for Students, Palgrave Macmillan

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

8.1. Demonstrate critical knowledge of how to prepare and apply for a placement

8.2. Identify and understand alternative recruitment strategies employed by business

8.3. Understand and demonstrate CV and letter writing skills

8.4. Demonstrate knowledge and practice of competency tests and team based recruitment exercises

8.5. Demonstrate understanding and practice of interview techniques


  1. Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 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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