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SML3008 : Year Abroad Work Placement Report 2

Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

One of the objectives of the School of Modern Languages is to enhance the employability of Modern Languages graduates throughout their programme of studies.

The Year Abroad offers students the opportunity to undertake work-related learning in a variety of professional environments. Supported by members of staff in the relevant language section, students will reflect on and manage their own learning and development during their work placement abroad. Students will enhance their employability, language and personal enterprise skills while contributing to meeting the aims of their host organization.

For the purpose of this Module Outline Form, the term ‘work placement’ refers to either of the following Year Abroad activities: company-based work placement and British Council English Language Assistantship.

In consonance with the above and the overall aims of the degrees offered in the SML, this module aims:

• To promote students’ integration into a work environment through research, planning and personal reflection;
• To encourage students to reflect on the skills developed through a work placement and to enhance their ability to present and structure examples of such skills, using techniques which will be transferable to future job applications;
• To enhance formal written skills in the target language and develop knowledge and practice of work and business-related terminology.

Students undertaking a work placement (i.e. not undertaking a study placement during their Year Abroad) are required to take SML3008 – Year Abroad Work Placement Report 2 (or the alternative Year Abroad project 2) if their work placement is over Semester 1 and Semester 2 or, when splitting their Year Abroad between several work placements, if they choose to base their report on their Semester 2 work placement.

Outline Of Syllabus

At the beginning of the academic year abroad, the SML will provide students with a Module Guide including details on the assessment and a set of questions to be considered when reflecting on their work placement.

Students will be strongly encouraged to keep a non-assessed diary – and/or use their e-portfolio - throughout their placement in order to identify objectives relating to their work placement and reflect on the skills developed via their work placement. Students will be given the opportunity to submit an optional formative draft of their report, on which feedback will be provided.

Given the placement-based nature of the module, there is no specific syllabus. The 3000 word summative report on the work placement undertaken should be presented in the Target Language and include the following components:

- Introduction
- Presentation of the sector, the host company / institution
- The student’s role within the institution
- Reflection on the work placement and assessment of achievements and skills developed
- Recommendations to the host company / institution
- Reflection on the impact the work placement will have on the student’s future career plans

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Placement/Study AbroadEmployer-based learning1200:00200:00N/A
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

At the beginning of the academic year abroad, students will be provided with a Module Guide including a set of questions intended to guide them through the learning and reflective process leading to the final assessment.

The work placement provides students with a context within which they are expected to practice experiential learning through reflection, critical analysis, independent proactive and reactive action as well as continuous improvement.

Private study allows students to develop their knowledge of the work environment and related terminology, to develop their ability to work and learn independently, reflect on their experience and gather the information and data necessary to complete their report.

The combination of work placement and private study will equip students with the key skills identified in the Graduate Skills Framework which will enable them to develop better understanding of the workplace environment, their own learning style as well as social and cultural differences.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2M100The 3000-word work placement report written in the target language should include the following components *See below
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

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- Introduction
- Presentation of the sector, the host company / institution
- The student’s role within the institution
- Reflection on the work placement and assessment of achievements and skills developed
- Recommendations to the host company / institution
- Reflection on the impact the work placement will have on the student’s future career plans


The assessment is designed to give students the opportunity to present and evaluate the knowledge and skills that they have developed and gained while on their year abroad work placement.

This assessment method gives students latitude to design their report according to their own work experience, while providing them with a framework to help them reflect on their placement and key skills from the University’s Graduate Skills Framework.

The main objectives of the report are to allow students:

- To demonstrate their ability to write and formulate critical ideas in the Target Language, in a formal and structured way.
- To demonstrate their business awareness and in-depth knowledge of their work environment.
- To evaluate and reflect on the placement (expectations, challenges, success) and the skills that have been developed.
- To evaluate the impact of the placement on future career plans

The 3000-word resit essay will also be written in the target language and will focus on students’ ability to reflect on their work experience and experience abroad. The resit essay will be based on a different set of questions.

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