Industrial Placement (Report and Presentation) - MAST5802

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2021 to 2022
Combined Autumn Spring Summer & Vacation 5 30 (15) Peter McQuire checkmark-circle


Students spend a year (minimum 900 hours) 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 degree programme. Employer evaluation, personal and professional reviews and on-line blogs are assessed under MAST5801 (Industrial Placement Experience) which is a co-requisite of this module. The assessment of this module draws on the experience gained in MAST5801 and is assessed through a Placement Report and Presentation.

The placement 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 this module.

Participation in the placement year, and hence 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 progressing satisfactorily from Stage 2 of their studies.

Students who do not obtain a placement or who fail module MAST5801 (Industrial Placement Experience) will be required to transfer to the appropriate programme without a Year in Industry and any marks obtained on this module will not contribute to their final degree classification.


Method of assessment

This module is assessed by the following The module mark is based on:
• a Placement Report – 50% of total module mark
• production of an industrial placement poster, and delivering a short presentation based on the poster – 50 % of total module mark.

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Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1 demonstrate understanding of how their employer's business fits into the wider economic context, and how their role and activities fit into this;
2 identify and discuss example of the links between academic theory and practical application;
3 demonstrate an enhanced capacity for independent thought and work;
4 demonstrate research, presentation and report-writing skills;
5 reflect on on-going personal and professional development.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1 demonstrate a wide range of generic/transferable skills, including: presentation and communication
2 identify the actions required for their career development.


  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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