Module Identifier RS24710  
Academic Year 2001/2002  
Co-ordinator Mr Michael Barrett  
Semester Semester 1  
Pre-Requisite This module is available only to students registered on IRS schemes.  
Mutually Exclusive RSS0060 , RSS0160  
Assessment Report of host   Employer/tutor assessment Outcomes assessed: 1, 2   45%  
  Presentation   Post-placement presentation Outcomes assessed: 3, 4 15 minutes   25%  
  Report   Industrial placement report Outcomes assessed: 3, 4 3,000 words   30%  
  Resit assessment   Re-submission of industrial placement report and/or repeat presentation. There is no opportunity to re-take the work placement if you fail the Employer's assessment.    

Aims of the module

Experience of the workplace is an essential component of vocational courses. Your employment prospects on completion are likely to be significantly improved as a result of gaining appropriate work experience. With the support and guidance of the Institute's Work Experience Co-ordinator and your degree scheme co-ordinator, you will be required to identify your own work experience needs and to seek and secure appropriate work placement.

The module requires you to undertake a period of work experience of at least 6 weeks, normally during the long vacation prior to the start of Part 2 (this usually means between the first and second year), within an organisation that will provide you with experience relevant to your degree scheme. All placements must be approved, before you commence, by the Work Experience Co-ordinator and your degree scheme co-ordinator.

(i)   The Institute reserves the right to preclude students from registering on this module if their academic performance
   has been unsatisfactory.
(ii)   Students seeking to change their registration from this module to a different one at the start of the session would only be
   permitted to do so where the placement had been unsuccessful through no fault of their own. Such cases would need
   the approval of the Dean.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Negotiate and secure a valid work placement

   (a) Determine personal objectives for the placement
   (b) Demonstrate initiative in selecting and securing relevant employment
   (c) Respond to the demands of preparing for and attending an interview
   (d) Negotiate and agree an action plan withthe supervisor and employer

2. Demonstrate an ability to fulfil a working role

   (a) Sustain the placement for the required period of time
   (b) Complete a programme of tasks to an agreed standard
   (c) Work responsibly alone and witih others

3. Analyse the activities and performance of the organisation

   (a) Review and evaluate the organisation, its structure and use of available resources
   (b) Assess its effectiveness in achieving its aims in relation to recognised standards

4. Assess the value and relevance of the work experience gained

   (a) Evaluate the experience gained against the action plan
   (b) Assess the contribution of this experience to career development
   (c) Identify personal skills development
   (d) Analyse the contribution to career development

Transferable skills

Skills developed and assessed:

Independent project work
Oral discussion and presentation
Career needs awareness
Group activity

Further Notes


1. You should discuss your ideas for undertaking the work experience component of this module with your
   degree scheme co-ordinator at the earliest opportunity and at the latest BY THE END OF THE LENT TERM

2.   By Friday of Week 2 of the Easter term, you are required to submit a completed Industry Placement proposal to the
   Institute's Work Experience Co-ordinator. The form is available to download from the IRS website.

3.   Your Industry Placement proposal form must be completed fully before the Work Experience Co-ordinator can
   consider it for approval.

4.   The Work Experience Co-ordinator will communicate a decision regarding your proposal to you in writing, normally
   by the end of the Easter Term.