BUS3340 : Intercalating Year Personal Learning Record

Semester 1 Credit Value: 50
Semester 2 Credit Value: 50
ECTS Credits: 50.0


This module aims to encourage students to appreciate that a “learning experience” is not restricted to academic situations like a degree programme but can include any situation in which they may be involved during their intercalating year.
The module will encourage students to critically reflect on their learning and development in relation to the Graduate Skills Framework. In consonance with the overall aims of the degrees offered by NUBS this module aims to:
a)       build on the skills gained at Stages 1 and 2;
b)       provide an in-depth knowledge and understanding of studying and/or working in the country of residence during the intercalating year (UK or abroad);
c)       develop an appreciation of studying and/or working in a cross-cultural setting, where applicable;
d)       develop the ability to analyse the impact of culture on business in the country of residence during the intercalating yea (UK or abroad);
e)       encourage critical reflection on personal, academic, linguistic development (as appropriate) and employability during the intercalating year.

Outline Of Syllabus

Students on a study placement should complete a maximum of 60 credits (30 ECTS) per semester. They will be required to attend lectures and seminars and attempt all assessed work and exams as timetabled by the host institution.

Students on a work placement will be required to carry out all tasks and duties as assigned to them by their line manager/supervisor.

In addition, all students will be required to reflect on their experiences during the intercalating year. Instead of following a specific syllabus students will record, in a systematic manner, their learning and development through a series of Personal Learning Records submitted throughout the year. The content of the submissions will define the individual “learning syllabus” for each student and will determine the issues on which the student will focus on in their final Reflective Learning Account (BUS3341).

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00N/A
Placement/Study AbroadEmployer-based learning1900:00900:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity170:0070:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The module encourages students on their year abroad to focus on their learning and personal development. Through independent learning they become used to reflecting in a systematic and sustained manner on goals, processes and achievements.

Face to face contact hours with academic staff are low on this module as students are registered on the module whilst on their intercalating year. However, the Module Leader will maintain contact with students and will be available by skype, email and telephone in the event of any queries or problems. Students will also be invited to contact the Module Leader a minimum of 3 times during the intercalating year. Furthermore, written feedback via Blackboard will be provided by Personal Tutors.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Reflective log2M100Submission of 3 Personal Learning Records (each of 1,000 words minimum) via Turnitin on Blackboard in November, January and March.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship


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