Industrial Placement Experience - MA991

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
Canterbury Yearlong
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7 120 (60) DR I Wood







Students spend a period of time doing paid work in an organisation outside the University, usually in an industrial or commercial environment, applying and enhancing the skills and techniques they have developed and studied in the earlier stages of their MSc programme.

The work they do is entirely under the direction of their industrial supervisor, but support is provided by the SMSAS Placement Officer or a member of the academic team. 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.

Participation in this module is dependent on students obtaining an appropriate placement, for which support and guidance is provided through the School in the year leading up to the placement. It is also dependent on students completing the taught component of their studies. The University does not guarantee that every student will find a placement.

Students who do not obtain a placement will be required to transfer to the appropriate programme without an Industrial Placement.


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Method of assessment

This module is assessed by three separate components.

• Performance and demonstrated abilities on the job, evaluated by the placement supervisor (Employer Evaluation)
• Half Yearly and End of Year reviews of personal and professional development together with an End of Year Development Plan
• On-line Blogs – Weekly for 1st month and every two months thereafter

Each of the 3 components is assessed separately on a pass / fail basis.

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Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
A variety of subject-specific learning outcomes will be consolidated and extended but the particular set will vary between industrial placements.
1 Application of subject-specific skills relating to the programme of study (Mathematics, Statistics, Statistics with Finance or Applied Actuarial Science as appropriate) in a professional context.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1 deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, and communicate their conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences
2 demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional or equivalent level
3 continue to advance their knowledge and understanding/appreciate the importance of continued professional development as part of lifelong learning
4 plan and work independently and use relevant resources in a manner that reflects good practice
5 manage their own learning and development, including time management and organisational skills
6 work effectively as a member of a team
7 demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills gained through academic study in a working environment

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