module specification

GI6W01 - Placement 1 Year (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18
Module title Placement 1 Year
Module level Honours (06)
Credit rating for module 30
School School of Social Sciences
Total study hours 300
15 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
145 hours Guided independent study
140 hours Placement / study abroad
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 25%   Placement Report 2,000 words
Dissertation 75%   Dissertation 6,000 words
Running in 2017/18
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Year North - Afternoon

Module summary

This core module offers students the opportunity to undertake a work placement for an employer that has a PIR role, enabling students directly to experience and observe operational practicalities of institutions that they have studied from an academic/theoretical perspective. In the process students will enhance their future employability. Students produce a report on their placement; design a research proposal on a topic related to the employer’s role; undertake the relevant research; and write up the findings in dissertation form.

Module aims

This core module providing a vocational and advanced undergraduate research element for PIR courses aims to:

  • enable the student to gain a useful experience of the working environment
  • enable the student to enhance and extend their learning experience by applying and building on their academic skills and capabilities by tackling real life problems in the workplace.
  • provide the student with an opportunity to design a research proposal relevant to their placement and degree.
  • allow the student to utilise research and analytical skills acquired during their programme of studies.
  • enable the student to undertake relevant research and write up findings in dissertation form.
  • offer a medium for the student to report upon their work placement experience.


Support for students in the search for a placement from academic staff and the Careers Service; Undertaking a work placement in an organisation with a PIR role; Lectures/Workshops on Choosing Topics, Researching and Presenting Work: Registration Form; Your Supervisor; Preparation; Organisation of Materials; Collecting Information; Methodology; Schedules and Deadlines; Placement Report; Research Proposal; The Supervisor’s Role; Presentation and Writing; Bibliographies and Referencing; Quotations; Avoiding Plagiarism; Guide to Electronic Resources; The Internet; Databases; Guide to other Library Resources; Summary; Guidelines for assessment; Final Registration of Titles; Return of your registration form and research proposal.

Learning and teaching

The module will be delivered through lectures/workshops and personal supervision. There will be a blended approach to learning so that contact time with academic staff is complemented by a range of on-line resources, particularly delivered by using Weblearn. In completing the module students are expected to develop skills to enable them to: choose and obtain a placement with an employer; Select and define a topic of research; Produce a research proposal; Display analytical capability; Work on their own under the guidance of a supervisor; Understand how to conduct research at undergraduate honours level - this may involve: Searching for, consulting and organising Primary and Secondary Source Material; Making Notes; Submitting properly referenced work in accordance with academic guidelines; Discovering the potential and limitations of the Internet; Write up a dissertation that is a coherent academic study. 25% of the assessment on the module is allocated to a placement report that the student produces on their placement and their experiences thereof. Students keep a record of their placement activity as it progresses. They set themselves some realistic learning aims and objectives for the placement and agree these with their employer and supervisor in advance. The student draws the analysis together thematically producing a set of learning outcomes and comparing them with original goals in the final placement report.

Learning outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate that they have operated effectively, both independently and with others, in a structured and routinely supervised work placement environment.
  2. Demonstrate that they pursued a rational and organised approach, applying previously known or new techniques and/or methodologies, to the task(s) set during the placement.
  3. Demonstrate their ability to undertake relevant research and write up findings in dissertation form.
  4. Describe, analyse and evaluate the structure, major activities, attributes and responsibilities of the placement organisation in a report.
  5. Develop a final profile of personal/professional attributes within the context of qualities and transferable skills, including self evaluation, necessary for employment and further study or professional development, articulated through a report.
  6. Reflect upon the role they performed and their place within the organisation hosting the placement.
  7. Understand how to conduct research at an advanced undergraduate level.


Assessment strategy

The final dissertation on a topic related to the employer’s role carries 75% of the mark. The placement report accounts for 25% of the mark.
Students have to register their initial placement and research interests in week 2 of the semester of commencement. Students are also permitted to undertake the placement in the summer vacation following completion of level 5.
They finalise their placement and area of research, are allocated a supervisor and provide a 500-word research proposal by week 4 of level 6, with opportunities for diagnostic formative feedback.
The word-processed summative dissertation and report must be submitted separately electronically via Turnitin.


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