Module DXX-9007:
International Experience

Module Facts

Run by School of Natural Sciences

30 Credits or 15 ECTS Credits

Semester 1 & 2

Organiser: Dr Graham Bird

Overall aims and purpose

The International Experience Placement module provides an opportunity for students to extend their understanding of their degree subject area by a period of study or work abroad. The module will also raise students' awareness of cross-cultural and transnational issues as they apply both within and outside their degree subject. It is expected that the module, as part of their degree course, will enhance students’ experience and employment opportunities.

Course content

Each student will spend an extended period studying at a Host Institution or working overseas. During the module students will be encouraged to pursue studies or work relevant to the degree subject area. They will also learn about the country in which they are based, with particular emphasis on understanding and applying subject-specific knowledge in a different cultural setting. The content of the module will be designed for each student in discussion with the Host Institution/Organisation and will include elements of directed learning and/or supervision.

Assessment Criteria

threshold

(Grade D- to C+). 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 her/his learning experience, mainly as a retrospective description of the placement experience with little emphasis on how the experiences might shape future learning.

excellent

(Grade A- to A**). 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 her/his learning experience, both as a retrospective description of the placement experience and as a critical reflection on how the experiences might shape future learning.

good

(Grade B- to B+). 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 her/his learning experience, mainly as a retrospective description of the placement experience with only some emphasis on how the experiences might shape future learning.

Learning outcomes

  1. Have acquired knowledge that will enhance their detailed understanding of their degree subject area.

  2. Critically evaluated how understanding and application of subject-specific knowledge is influenced by multi-cultural and transnational issues.

  3. Be able to evaluate their learning experience in a general and subject-specific context.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
COURSEWORK International Experience Year report

Report not exceeding 8,000 words. The report will assess Learning Outcomes 1-3. The report will be based on what the student has learnt during the placement, including knowledge relevant to their subject area and a reflection on their learning experiences.

100

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Hours
Work-based learning

Notional learning hours are 1200. This equates to a minimum placement of 30 weeks (at 40 hrs/week) or two semester terms. The time allocated to the taught elements and private study will vary depending on the arrangements for each placement, as will the format of the taught elements.

300

Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Safety-Consciousness - Having an awareness of your immediate environment, and confidence in adhering to health and safety regulations
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
  • Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others

Subject specific skills

  • Recognize and apply appropriate theories and concepts from a range of disciplines.
  • Apply subject knowledge to the understanding and addressing of problems.
  • Appreciation of the reciprocal nature of human-environmental relationships.
  • Engage in debate and/or discussion with specialists and non-specialists using appropriate language.
  • Demonstrate awareness of the importance of risk assessment and relevant legislation

Resources

Courses including this module