module specification

CH6W54 - Work Placement (for Molecular and Pharmaceutical Science) (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18
Module title Work Placement (for Molecular and Pharmaceutical Science)
Module level Honours (06)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Human Sciences
Total study hours 150
110 hours Guided independent study
40 hours Placement / study abroad
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 80%   Written Report and Learning Log (2000 words)
Oral Examination 20%   Oral Presentation (15 minutes)
Other 0%   Satisfactory employer comment
Running in 2017/18
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Spring semester North - -
Autumn semester North - -

Module summary

This module focuses on extending students' learning experience by providing them with an opportunity to tackle real-life problems, appropriate to their academic level, in the workplace. The placement needs to be approved prior to be undertaken by the work placement coordinator.

Prior learning requirements

Completion of Level 4

Module aims

The aims of this module are aligned with the qualification descriptors within the Quality Assurance Agency’s, Framework for Higher Education Qualifications.

This module aims to provide the student with an opportunity to:  gain experience of the culture and structure of a working environment; evaluate, and critically reflect on, the workplace as well as the student's role and contribution to it; and apply previously-learnt academic knowledge to the task in hand.


No specific academic content, material will be dictated by the placement.

Learning and teaching

Suitable work placements should offer students a range of learning opportunities appropriate to their academic level and career aspirations and should be, wherever possible, related to their subject specialism.  The placement should enable the student to build on previous experiences and learning gained in their academic course and elsewhere, and should have outcomes consistent with those for their course as a whole. The duration of a placement should be equivalent to approximately five weeks full-time employment. During this time the student will have an opportunity to develop transferrable skills appropriate for the workplace and also ideally be able to apply theoretical material and practical techniques learned in an academic setting within the working environment. Successful operation of a work placement requires adequate communication between the student, a nominated university contact (the Cluster Group Employability Co-ordinator/ "academic supervisor"), who will normally be a member of the academic staff group responsible for the student's degree course, and a nominated employee at the workplace (the "placement supervisor").

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

  1. generate and implement a plan of conduct during within a supervised work environment demonstrating an effective, rational and organised manner, both independently and with others,
  2. demonstrate and intergrate consistent and appropriate communication with colleagues, superiors, and placementsupervisor(s), and adherence to health and safety, legal and ethical obligations;
  3. critically evaluate and reflect upon her/his performance, abilities and achievements in the work place;
  4. evaluate critically the structure, major activities and responsibilities of the organisation.
  5. assess the skills developed during the placement and relate them to enhaced employability

Assessment strategy

The summative process includes:   (i) a written report describing the organisation within which the placement was carried out, and evaluating the work undertaken (ii) an oral component taking the form of an oral presentation, short viva voce assessment, a poster presentation or similar. The employer will provide confirmation of satisfactory performance and attendance. All assessment components must be passed.
To pass the module, students need to achieve a minimum aggregate mark of 40%.  There will be an attendance requirement for the practical sessions. If the module is passed on reassessment, then the maximum mark awarded will be 40%.

Component Learning outcome
Written project report 1, 2, 3, 4
Oral presentation 1, 2, 4
Satisfactory employer comment 1, 2



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London Metropolitan University (2003). Information for Students, Employers and Supervisors on Health and Safety during Work Placements. London Metropolitan University Health and Safety Office.