Undergraduate prospectus

Course Information

Work Placement (LTT) Level 6

Module summary

Module code: ENGL1136
Level: 6
Credits: 30
School: Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department: Humanities and Social Sciences
Module Coordinator(s): John Morton / Nicholas Holden

Specification

Pre and co requisites

Students must pro-actively secure a suitable work placement;
Students must satisfy Placement Supervisor that the placement is:
a) pedagogically suitable
b) guaranteed before start of the academic year.

Aims

• to undertake work-based learning in a professional setting related to students’ programme of study
• to enhance knowledge of the workplace and an understanding of the transferable skills gained from a degree
• to explore the relationship between academic study and everyday work activities
• to enhance student employability
• to improve analytic, written and oral communication skills

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course a student will be able to:

1 Establish knowledge of how academic and theoretical perspectives from their programme of study are applied in a professional setting
2 Critically analyse areas of sector-specific job roles and key professional contexts and issues with regard to the larger creative economy.
3 Reflect on the placement experience, by critically articulating their own position with reference to both the primary work-based research and relevant theory (determined by the agreed set of learning objectives) on topics such as: management organisation and structure, group dynamics and team work, production processes and procedures, and impact of government policies.
4 Understand and evaluate the industry / business environment in which the employing company or organisation operates
5 Assess and analyse the purpose of their role within the context of the business / company and the contribution it makes to the organisation as a whole.
6 Identify the primary policies in operation at the employing organisation and evaluate their effectiveness (e.g. Health & Safety, Quality Assurance, Grievance Procedure, and Environmental).


Indicative content

Students will complete a work placement of 100 hours in which they engage reflectively with the experience of everyday activities in a professional setting related to their programme of study. They will gather primary research evidence on the activities involved in the placement with respect to a set of agreed learning objectives, and will produce a placement report, presented as a long essay, based on their experiences and further research into theoretical aspects relevant to the learning objectives. Students will produce a presentation on an aspect of their placement. The host of the placement will also provide 10% of the grade via an employer’s evaluation form.

Teaching and learning activity

Workshop sessions, on topics relevant to the placement and assessment, such as: report writing, reflective practice, video production and research methods. Work-based learning, providing a context for gaining skills such as: time management, reliability, initiative, team work, communication skills, research, reflective practice. Tutorial support, provided by the placement supervisor who will advise on more specific aspects of investigation with respect to the agreed learning outcomes, and monitor placement progress.

Assessment

Nature of FORMATIVE assessment supporting student learning: Presentation
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment (Please use the numbers above to refer to these) 1, 2, 3,4,5,6
Weighting % 35%
Pass Mark 40
Word Length N/A
Outline Details: Presentation (viva voce) explaining selected concepts, delivered in person, using a variety of presentation media (PowerPoint, video, photography, audio, etc. or a combination of such).

Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment: Employer Assessment
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment (Please use the numbers above to refer to these) 1,2
Weighting % 10%
Pass Mark 40
Word Length N/A
Outline Details: Employers will be given a detailed form to provide an assessment of the student’s performance.

Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment: Essay
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment (Please use the numbers above to refer to these) 1.2.3.4.5.6
Weighting % 45%
Pass Mark 40
Word Length 3500
Outline Details: Essay considering one or more aspects of the placement in relation to related academic issues, agreed between student and supervisor.

Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment:CV & Cover Letter
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment (Please use the numbers above to refer to these) 2
Weighting % 10%
Pass Mark 40
Word Length N/A
Outline Details: A CV to be created and developed as part of placement application, shows understanding of sector specific needs and how skills can be assessed