Run by Bangor Business School
30.000 Credits or 15.000 ECTS Credits
Semester 1 & 2
Organiser: Dr Siwan Mitchelmore
Overall aims and purpose
This module is designed for students undertaking a two-semester work placement as part of a four-year degree with work placement. The sandwich year may be taken at the beginning or end of the level 6 year. Students are away for the whole of the academic year. The minimum period in placement (at one or more locations) is seven calendar months; more usually students spend 10-12 months with a sandwich placement provider. Students normally start sometime in the period June to September of their second year and finish between June and September the following year. Students are expected to identify their own placement provider with the support of the University Careers Office and the School. The placement is not limited to locality and may be in the student’s home county or home country. All sandwich year placements must be approved by the module co-ordinator and Health and Safety Officer. Placement documents should be submitted by the deadlines in order for the necessary checks to be conducted and for the student to comply with financial requirements for student loans.
The practical element of the module comprises a block placement (of 7 to 12 months) taken at the beginning or end of the level 6 year. Students will register for the programme in the spring of their second year and will be provided with guidance on locating and applying for a placement. They will attend a series of work experience workshops during the spring to prepare them for the job search, creating applications and CVs, and preparing for the workplace environment. The student may begin their work placement at a date to be agreed between the student and employer, but not until the end of teaching for their current semester. The student will spend 7 to 12 months at the place of work and under the supervision of their employer.
(Grade D or C; mark range 40-59%): There are weaknesses in the way that the report is structured, resulting in repetition and/or lack of clarity. It contains descriptive text relating to the knowledge acquired by the student but with evidence that the descriptions have not been fully developed. Knowledge directly related to the student’s degree subject is described but with little emphasis on any other knowledge acquired. There is little analysis of the cultural influences on the interpretation and application of subject-specific knowledge and there is no evidence of critical evaluation. The report includes content in which the student evaluates the learning experience, mainly as a retrospective description of the placement experience with little emphasis on how the experiences might shape future learning.
(Grade B; mark range 60-69%): The report is logically structured. It contains detailed descriptive text relating to the knowledge acquired by the student. Knowledge directly and indirectly related to the student’s degree subject is described. There is some analysis of the cultural influences on the interpretation and application of subject-specific knowledge but there is little critical evaluation. The report includes substantial content in which the student evaluates the learning experience, mainly as a retrospective description of the placement experience with only some emphasis on how the experiences might shape future learning.
(Grade A; mark range 70-100%): The report is logically structured and with threads that create a holistic, coherent whole. It contains detailed and insightful descriptive text relating to the knowledge acquired by the student. Knowledge directly and indirectly related to the student’s degree subject is described with some exploration of the synergies between the various sources of knowledge. There is a well argued, critical analysis of the cultural influences on the interpretation and application of subject-specific knowledge. The report includes substantial content in which the student evaluates the learning experience, both as a retrospective description of the placement experience and as a critical reflection on how the experiences might shape future learning.
Understand and appreciate how businesses and organisations work and ability to act accordingly.
Respond positively to changing circumstances and new challenges.
Work with limited or no supervision and retain effectiveness while under pressure.
Deal effectively with challenges in employment.
Recognize and apply disciplinary understanding and subject knowledge to business and organisational issues and priorities in terms of both culture and economics.
|REPORT||Statement from Employer||
Signed letter or statement provided by the student’s employer confirming that the student undertook duties as required by the employer. It is the student’s responsibility to ask their employer for this signed letter or statement. In situations where the relationship with the employer has broken down, the Placement Coordinator may identify alternative evidence, including pay cheques or other documentation. The letter will provide evidence for Learning Outcome 5.
Before starting the work placement, a Pre-placement form will be completed and signed by the Student, Work placement Provider (ie. employer) and the Placement Coordinator. Potential health and safety risks must be considered during this process, as part of the Pre-placement form. The form will also contain a brief reflective element (maximum 500 words), where the student justifies how the placement is linked to their degree, and considers which work-related skills they have already acquired, and which might be acquired on the placement.
This is a Pass/Fail
|REPORT||Post placement report||
Post-placement report (pass/fail) (LOs 1,2,3,5)
At the end of the placement, a Post-placement form will again be completed and signed by the Student, the Work Placement Provider and Work Placement Coordinator. This will contain a brief reflective element (maximum 2000 words), where the student considers whether/how the placement succeeded (or not), reflects on which skills were acquired and describes the level of supervision. The critical reflection should identify at least one of the challenges faced during the placement and assess the student’s own response to that challenge. The document will be graded pass/fail by the Work Placement Coordinator.
This is a pass/fail assessment
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Students will undertake a series of work experience workshops during the spring semester before their placement. Workshops will be provided by the Careers and Employability Service, Study Skills Team, and the student’s individual School or College. Workshop topics will include Placement Search, Preparing Applications, Placement Prep as well as such subjects as writing your placement proposal, writing your reflective account, health & safety in the workplace, data compliance, and money support.
Students will be based in a work environment for 7 months, which would normally equate to approximately 1,050 hours of work-based experience and learning.
- Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
- Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
- Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
Subject specific skills
- Self-management: a readiness to accept responsibility and flexibility, to be resilient, self-starting and appropriately assertive, to plan, organise and manage time.
Courses including this module
Compulsory in courses:
- NN3P: BSc Acc & Banking with Place Yr year 3 (BSC/ACCBP)
- NL4P: BSc Accounting and Economics with Placement Year year 3 (BSC/ACCECP)
- NN4P: BSc Accounting and Finance with Placement Year year 3 (BSC/ACCFINP)
- L19P: BSc Business Economics with Placement Year year 3 (BSC/BECP)
- N39P: BSc Banking and Finance with Placement Year year 3 (BSC/BFINP)
- N2NP: BSc Business Management with Accounting with Placement Year year 3 (BSC/BMAP)
- NN2P: Business Management and Finance with Placement Year year 3 (BSC/BMFP)
- N5NP: BSc Business Management and Marketing with Placement Year year 3 (BSC/BMMP)
- N20P: BSc Business Management with Placement Year year 3 (BSC/BMPP)
- L11P: BSc Financial Economics with Placement Year year 3 (BSC/FINECP)
- N50P: BSc Marketing with Placement Year year 3 (BSC/MKTP)
- CN5P: Sport Science and Marketing with Placement Year year 3 (BSC/SSMP)