Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 2 Hours. 2 x 1 hour lectures
Seminars / Tutorials 2 Hours. 1 x 2 hour seminar
Practical 4 week work placement


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Written report  of 2,500 words - weighted 60%. 
Semester Assessment Seminar presentation  of about 10 min. - weighted 30%. 
Semester Assessment Work placement organisation report  - weighted 10%. 

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:

  • Relate their academic studies to the information professional'r work environment

* Apply some of the subject-specific and generic skills introduced in their study scheme

* Demonstrate the importance of a range of professional duties

* Explain the practical implications of providing various services

* Evaluate their personal strengths and weaknesses as professional practitioners

* Show an awareness of the importance of adopting a professional approach to tasks

* Present an assessment of the effectiveness of the host organization to fulfil its goals

Brief description

The student is placed in a working situation that will broaden or extend their professional experience and/or exploit a special interest. The placement provides a 'raboratory? where ideas and concepts introduced in the classroom can be observed in a working environment. The student will also experience a wide range of practical activities and will have the opportunity to use skills introduced in their course and to lay the foundation of new skills. Students will also have the opportunity to observe the value and influence of professional attitudes. For many it will be their first introduction to the practicing profession and will therefore have an important role in motivating them and developing their understanding of the responsibility of the information professional.


The aims of the module are:

  • Offers students an opportunity to gain experience of working in a library, information unit or related environment
  • Provides students with a link between their formal studies and the world of the working professional that will enhance students? understanding of the theories in information studies and their relationship to professional practice
  • Provides students with a detailed insight of some of the career paths that may be available to them when they have graduated
  • Meets one of the requirements stipulated by CILIP ? the professional accreditation body

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Information Technology a. Word processing skills to prepare written report on project topic b. Prepare PowerPoint presentation for seminar presentation c. Varied IT applications used in the work placement organisation
Personal Development and Career planning A central aim of this module is to develop an awareness of each student?s career needs.
Subject Specific Skills * Independent project work: a project report on the workplacement organisation and an oral presentation on work experience * Writing in an academic context * Oral discussion and presentation: oral presentation incl. answering questions * Self-management: assignments require self-management skills
Team work During the work placement students will be expected to be an integral part of the staff of the host organisation. This could well involve working on tasks as part of a team.


This module is at CQFW Level 6