BUS3341 : Intercalating Year Reflective Learning Account

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


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 enable students to critically reflect on their learning and development in relation to the Graduate Skills Framework. In consonance with the overall aims of the International Business Management degree offered by NUBS this module aims to:
• build on the skills gained at Stages 1 and 2;
• provide an in-depth knowledge and understanding of studying and/or working in the country of residence during the intercalating year (UK or abroad);
• develop an appreciation of studying and/or working in a cross-cultural setting, where appropriate;
• develop the ability to analyse the impact of culture on business in the country of residence during the intercalating year (UK or abroad);
• 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 assigned to them by their line manager/supervisor.
In addition, all students are 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 via Turnitin on Blackboard throughout the year (BUS3340). The content of these 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.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture11:001:00Prior to departure, i.e. during Semester 2 of Stage 2.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00N/A
Placement/Study AbroadEmployer-based learning195:0095:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity170:0070:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery22:004:00Prior to departure, i.e. during Semester 2 of Stage 2.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

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, but staff are 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

The lecture, which will take place prior to the students’ departure for their year abroad, will provide the students with background information about the module expectations and assessment, and will offer directions for student-centred learning. Drop-in surgeries will also take place prior to the students’ departure and will provide opportunities for consultation with the Module Leader and for clarifying the assessment requirements. The majority of the work necessary for a successful completion of this module will take place through students' private study.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M1002,000 word reflective learning account
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Reflective Learning Account based on the Personal Learning Records completed throughout the year (BUS3340).

The coursework is designed to encourage the students to reflect upon their own learning and development throughout their intercalating year and to relate their experiences to the Graduate Skills Framework.

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