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BT5007: INDUSTRIAL PLACEMENT (2017-2018)

Last modified: 26 Feb 2018 15:59


Course Overview

  • an industrial placement allows students to experience workplace culture and makes them more effective employees following graduation;
  • placements vary considerably but in general terms, students are placed in an industrial, commercial or research environment where they obtain a breadth of practical experience to complement their degree programme;
  • students are employed by their host company and can expect to work a normal 40 hour week, possibly on a number of projects, over a full calendar year;
  • tutorial assistance from a member of the University academic staff is available via email and / or telephone throughout the year

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 5
Session Full Year Credit Points 120 credits (60 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Professor Gordon McEwan
  • Professor Stephen Davies

Qualification Prerequisites

None.

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • BT3006 Working Out? Placement & Career Skills (Passed)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • BT3005 Biotechnology (Industrial Placement) (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

Degree programmes with an integral industrial placement offer students the opportunity to spend the fourth year of their degree in paid employment. Completing an industrial placement allows the students to experience workplace culture and makes them a more effective employee following graduation. Placements vary considerably but in general terms, students are placed in an industrial, commercial or research environment where they will obtain a breadth of practical experience to complement their degree programme. Increasingly, placements or periods of work experience are being used as a tool by employers for pre-selecting the best students for graduate roles. The industrial placement year may therefore become a passport to employment where employers consider a work placement as a central part of their graduate recruitment processes. Students are employed by their host company and can expect to work on a number of projects over the year. They will gain practical experience of the workplace which is also relevant to the degree programme in which they are studying. Depending upon the placement provider students may also have access to journal clubs, lab meetings, training courses and conferences.

Further Information & Notes

This course is a pre-requisite prescription for part of any degree programme within the School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition incorporating an industrial placement and comprises one year’s practical experience in industry or a research institute  (approx. 40 hours work per week). The industrial placement must be relevant to the aims of the degree programme and may be lab or non-lab-based.


Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

None.

More Information about Week Numbers


Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

In-course assessment:- 2 Short reports (approx 4 pages each) (5% each), Reflective essay (2000 words) (10%), Supervisor's assessment of performance (20%), Thesis (40%), Viva (15%), Poster presentation (5%).

Formative Assessment

Feedback as required from host supervisor, academic tutor and placement coordinator.

Feedback

Short reports and essay are returned with written comments and verbal feedback provided if requested/required. Viva used as a way of disussing thesis and written feedback also given. Host supervisors, academic tutors and placement coordinator provide feedback (verbal and written) as necessary.

Course Learning Outcomes

None.

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