Module Catalogue 2020/21

HSS3010 : Combined Honours Work Placement

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Roy Smith
  • Owning School: Philosophical Studies & Combined Honours
  • Teaching Location: Off Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 60
Semester 2 Credit Value: 60
ECTS Credits: 60.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment

Students must have passed Stage 2 of their programme. Permission of the DPD is required for all students undertaking this module.

Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment

N/A

Aims

The work placement aims to:
- provide students with the experience of seeking and securing a position with an employer,
- demonstrate how skills gained through academic study can be applied in work situations,
- provide a period of practical work experience which will benefit subsequent academic studies,
- assist with developing longer term career plans,
- provide the opportunity to recognise and record the development of work place skills, and
- facilitate personal development in a non-university setting.

Outline Of Syllabus

Students themselves will search and apply for a work placement during stage 2 of their degree programme. The Combined Honours Centre and the Careers Service will arrange for support and guidance. On the completion of stage 2 they will then undertake a period of employment (normally 9-12 months; but of at least 7 months) between stage 2 and final year (normally between July and September); during this time there is no taught content from the University. The work placement provider will provide induction and training activities as appropriate to the role. Students may choose to divide their work placement between two employers. The employment may be in the UK or abroad (if abroad it must be organised in accordance with work permit regulations of that country as required). All placements must be approved by the Module Leader. The Module Leader will monitor students’ progress through the placement period.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

The specific knowledge outcomes depend on the work placement conducted, but would normally
include:
a) to demonstrate an understanding of the nature of work undertaken in the chosen sector,
b) to demonstrate an understanding of the specific role and relevant technologies in the chosen sector, and
c) to demonstrate how their undergraduate studies can be applied in a professional context.

Intended Skill Outcomes

The specific skills outcomes depend on the work placement conducted, but would normally
include:
i) Team working,
ii) Problem-solving,
iii) Time management and personal organisation,
iv) Communication and presentation skills, and
v) Reflective evaluation of own progress and performance objectively.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Placement/Study AbroadEmployer-based learning11000:001000:00Carrying out the operational duties whilst on placement
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion15:005:00Guidance tutorials for pre-placement briefing and advisory meetings.
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity1195:00195:00Learning whilst on placement
Total1200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

A series of online individual consultations and tutorials will be provided to support students during the application process and in preparation for work. As students are away from the University, Employer-based learning and Guided Independent study are used for all learning activities. The Module Leader is available for consultation throughout the work placement and will be in contact with the student and the placement provider to monitor progress; contact will be by email, phone, and if necessary (and feasible), by an on-site visit.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M100Pass/Fail Assessment: See details below in Zero Weighted Pass/Fail Assessments.
Zero Weighted Pass/Fail Assessments
Description When Set Comment
ReportMReflective self-analysis of the experiential learning using Canvas by submitting a series of pass/fail assessed discussions.
ReportAMonitoring report based on feedback gathered by the Module Leader to include reference to the opinion of the employer.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The module is pass / fail based on the completion of the above components which are designed to encourage the students to reflect upon their own learning and development throughout their work placement.

Timetable

Past Exam Papers

General Notes

N/A

Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2020/21 academic year. In accordance with University Terms and Conditions, the University makes all reasonable efforts to deliver the modules as described. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback. Module information for the 2021/22 entry will be published here in early-April 2021. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.