Work Placement

Module titleWork Placement
Module codePOC2047
Academic year2019/0
Module staff

Dr James Muldoon (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks


Number students taking module (anticipated)


Description - summary of the module content

Module description

No prior knowledge skills or experience are required to take this module and it is suitable for specialist and non-specialist students.

For this module you will complete 40 hours of voluntary work experience with an employer of your choice.  The aim of this module is for you to gain employment experience, skills for finding and securing the perfect job, and to see how your academic learning translates into a post-university environment.  Consequently your assessment will be a portfolio detailed below, including a report which enables the practical application of your academic knowledge.  This might be a piece of work relevant to your employer, or it may be something that interests you.


We will have a series of workshop sessions to help you with the skills required to finding/ selecting your work placement, including CV writing, interview training, and practical sessions talking about day to day issues within your placements, and to share and discuss your experiences with your peers and tutor.


You may arrange your placements yourselves if you choose, and may undertake them at any point up until the end of April.  This will allow you to undertake placements in other parts of the UK/ world if you so choose.  Equally, you may compete for a limited number of opportunities on offer by Cornish businesses and other organisations, including social enterprises and local governance.

Module aims - intentions of the module

This module will help you to gain experience in a graduate level working environment, building contacts, skills, and knowledges to help you start out on your career post university, or try out a field that you think that you might be interested in but need to understand more. 


From workshops through to assessment, the module encourages you to think critically about the work that you are doing, considering your personal learning journey over the course of your studies.  You will develop your personal management skills and experience, practicing specific skills for employment.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Demonstrate an understanding of what your placement organisation does, how it is managed, the culture within the organisation and what influences this;
  • 2. Demonstrate an awareness of the experiential learning process and some ability to reflect on and evaluate learning from the workplace;

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 3. Demonstrate an ability to reflect on the relationship between learning politics, the politics skills you have developed, and how these apply to your work placement;
  • 4. Demonstrate an ability to systematically research the academic background to issues arising from your work placement;

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 5. Identify the skills needed in relation to particular job/career opportunities, and with reference to the work placement in particular;
  • 6. Analyse your own personal management skills, identifying ways to improve through personal development planning;
  • 7. Present yourself effectively in CVs, applications, oral presentations and interviews; and
  • 8. Demonstrate a capacity for independent working.

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:

  • Introduction to the module and CV training.
  • Work Placement Fayre and networking opportunity
  • Researching the perfect placement and interview training.
  • Workshop 1. Work Placements in Practice and experiential learning.
  • Workshop 2. Work Placements in Practice.
  • Workshop 3. The strong portfolio.
  • Workshop 4. Applying academic learning to the workplace.

Learning and teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities147x2 hour seminars
Work Placement4040 hours voluntary work placement
Guided independent study96Independent study including preparation for placements and workshops; portfolio compilation


Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Draft portfolio3000 words1-8Verbal and written comments on review

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Portfolio100Including: 3000 word report based on placement, CV targeted towards placement Reflective piece covering personal learning Feedback sheet from supervisor Contact sheet evidencing 40 hours placement activity. Placement agreement, agreeing role and input from student1-8Verbal and written comments on review


Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
PortfolioPortfolio1-8August/September reassessment period


Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Cottrell, S. (2003), Skills for Success: The Personal Development Planning Handbook. Palgrave Study Guides. London

Fanthorne, C. (2004), Work Placements – A Survival Guide for Students. Palgrave Study Guides. Macmillan, London.

Kolb, D. (1984), ‘Experiential Learning: Experience as a source of Learning and Development.’ PHI, New Jersey.

Longson, S. (1999), Making Work Experience Count. How to Books.

Moon, J. (1999), Learning Journals: A handbook for academics, students and professional development. Kogan Page. London.

Useful materials on many aspects of learning from experience are also available online at

Module has an active ELE page

Key words search

work placement, employability

Credit value15
Module ECTS


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