Module Identifier SS25210  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Dr Rhys Thatcher  
Semester Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)  
Course delivery Lecture   1 hour. 50 hours of work experience. Tutorials according to need  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam Coursework A portfolio100%
Supplementary Exam Resubmit portfolio 

Learning outcomes

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

1. Complete a self-analysis of skills, strengths and weaknesses
2. Secure and complete 50 hours of work experience
3. Demonstrate a knowledge of what the employing organization does, how it is managed, and what the student's role within the organization is, together with an awareness of statutory regulations such as Health and Safety
4. Demonstrate an ability to apply skills and knowledge in a work situation and to evaluate this
5. Produce an action plan for future development of personal employability skills

Brief description

The work experience module is designed to allow students to use 50 hours of paid or voluntary work as an opportunity for self-development and to improve employment prospects. The module begins with students identifying posssible work experiences and examining personal skills, strengths and weaknesses. The module continues with the work experience, leading to the submission of a portfolio of material which will form the assessment. The work experience can be in any type of employment and can take place at any time, in term time or vacation, between the end of the first year and the end of the second year. The module is fully supported by on-line resources to allow contact and guidance to be maintained whenever and wherever the work.


1. Complete a period of work experience.
2. Self-analyse and develop employability skills.
3. Produce a portfolio of evidence.

Reading Lists

Mumford, A., Pedlar, M. and Boydell, T. (1998) Learning to learn and managing self development in organizations Prentice-Hall, N.Y.
Reeves, T. (1994) Managing effectively: developing yourself through work experience Butterworth-Heinemann, Oxford
Brockbank, A. and McGill, I. (1998) Facilitating reflective learning in H.E. Open University Press, London
Guirdhamn, M. (1995) Interpersonal skills at work. 2nd ed. Prentice Hall, London
Longson,S. (1999) Making work experience count How to Books


This module is at CQFW Level 5