OverviewStudents 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 and Placement Tutor within 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.
Note that participation in this module is dependent on students obtaining an appropriate placement, for which guidance is provided through the School in the years 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.
900 hours private study
Method of assessment
This module is a pass/fail module. The assessment is based on feedback from the Industrial Supervisor, through an evaluation form plus assessments by the Placement Support Officer and Placement Tutor covering the student's performance during the placement year, taking into account the perspective gained from the student, the Industrial Supervisor, Placement Officer and Placement Tutor during placement visits. At each visit the Placement Officer or Tutor completes an assessment form to record:
1. Understanding of the company business
2. Understanding of team business and the student's own role,
3. Business knowledge/skills developed,
4. Personal skills developed,
5. Technical skills developed,
6. Performance in the workplace.
On successfully completing the module students will have:
1. developed an understanding of a company and its business;
2. developed an understanding of their role within a team within the company;
3. acquired business knowledge and skills;
4. developed inter-personal skills and have an appreciation of these;
5. acquired technical skills relevant to the chosen business.