MKT3016 : Intercalating Year Reflective Learning Account

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


This module is designed to enable students participating in an international study placement or a work placement in the UK or abroad, to gain credits towards their degree back in Newcastle. Students will be encouraged 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 placement 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 placement year (UK or abroad);

c)       develop an appreciation of studying and/or working in a cross-cultural setting, where appropriate;

d)       develop the ability to analyse the impact of culture on business in the country of residence during the placement year (UK or abroad);

e)       encourage critical reflection on personal, academic, linguistic development (as appropriate) and employability during the placement 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 tasks and duties as assigned to them by their line manager/supervisor.

In addition, all students are required to reflect on their experiences during the placement year. Instead of following a specific syllabus students will record, in a systematic manner, their learning and development through a series of ePortfolio blogs throughout the year. The content of the Portfolio blogs will define the individual “learning syllabus” for each student and will determine the issues on which the student will focus on in their Reflective Account

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Placement/Study AbroadEmployer-based learning194:0094:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture21:002:00Prior to departure i.e during Stage 2
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity170:0070:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery22:004:00Prior to departure i.e during 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 placement year. However, the Module Leader will maintain contact with students and will be available by email and telephone in the event of any queries or problems.

The lectures will take place prior to the students’ departure for their placement year and will provide background information about the module aims, requirements and assessment and will offer guidance for independent reflective learning. Seminars will also take place prior to departure and will provide opportunities for consultation with the Module Leader and for clarifying the assessment requirements. The majority of work necessary for successful completion of this module will take place through reflective learning activity which is explicitly related to the intended Learning Outcomes.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2M1002,000 word reflective learning account
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The Reflective Learning Account will be based on the ePortfolio blogs completed throughout the placement year.

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

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