Normally 55% at Stage 2
Students spend a year (minimum 30 weeks) working in an industrial or commercial setting, applying and enhancing the skills and techniques they have developed and studied in the earlier stages of their degree programme. The work they do is entirely under the direction of their industrial supervisor, but support is provided via a dedicated Placement Support Officer within the department. 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.
Note that participation in this module is dependent on students obtaining an appropriate placement, for which guidance is provided through the department in the year leading up to the placement. Students who do not obtain a placement will be required to transfer to the appropriate programme without a Year in Industry.
Students' learning is expected to be directed by their industrial supervisor, depending on the requirements of the role they take in the organisation. The Placement Support Officer makes at least two visits to the student during the year - the first near the start of the placement to check that integration into the workplace is proceeding and that the work being reuqired of the student is appropriate, the second at a later stage to assist both the student and the organisation with the requirements of the assessment process.
Only available to students on programmes owned by The School of Engineering and Digital Arts
Method of assessment
Assessment of the placement has two components which assess all the learning outcomes:
1. Assessment of a reflective written report produced by the student (70%). This report is required to include:
(a) A description of the organisation in which the placement took place, and the student's role(s) within it.
(b) A description of the various tasks undertaken during the placement.
(c) The training, both formal (courses) and informal (on the job), undertaken by student in the period plus any other learning experiences.
(d) Any changes to the supervision or nature of the placement.
(e) A discussion about the outcomes of the work, or other influential impacts on the placement.
(f) Reflection on significant achievements and personal developments through the year.
2. Assessment by the Placement Support Officer (30%) covering the student's performance during the placement year, taking into account the perspective gained from the student, the Industrial Supervisor and the Placement Officer during placement visits and from the evaluation forms.
During their placement, students will learn to apply the knowledge, understanding and skills they have developed during the earlier stages of their programme to "real world" tasks in an industrial or commercial setting.