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Module FXX-9000:
Industrial Placement one year

Module Facts

Run by School of Natural Sciences

120 Credits or 60 ECTS Credits

Semester 1 & 2

Organiser: Dr Patrick Murphy

Overall aims and purpose

To give the student experience of working in an industrial environment, working on a project and also to give the student experience of writing a project and describing their work in an oral presentation.

Course content

You will attend a work placement, as arranged by yourself in conjunction with the School of Chemistry and taking into account personal preferences, for the duration of the academic year (minimum 9 months).

The School will maintain contact with you throughout the year through your personal tutor. This contact will be by telephone, letter, visit or e-mail.

You will be assigned an industrial supervisor at the placement location, who will be responsible for the day-to-day management of your work placement. A brief description of the plan for your placement (up to one A4 page) should be drawn up prior to commencing the placement and this should be sent to the Placement Officer in Chemistry. The nature of the placement can take many forms (e.g. one project that runs for the whole placement or several smaller projects). The placement can be in any area of chemistry (from commercial issues right through to research and development work). However, it is expected that your placement activities should contain an element of project work which can be written up in a report at the end of the placement (see below). At the end of the placement period, the industrial supervisor will be asked to complete a questionnaire on your attributes and progress and these marks will be a major component of the assessment of your industrial year (please see details below). The placement officer will be able to advise on this procedure if required.

You will be expected to write-up your activities in the form of a final report (25-30 pages) which is assessed by your personal tutor and one other academic from the School of Chemistry. If deemed appropriate by the Company, part or all of this report can be marked as confidential and it will be marked and handled accordingly

You will be expected to undertake academic work in addition to the industrial work during your placement year. This additional work will comprise 4 pieces as follows:-

(1) Coursework - deadline end of September of the following year (2) Oral presentation to your industrial supervisor and your personal tutor. This will take place around Easter. You will be asked to arrange a convenient date for yourself, your industrial supervisor and your personal tutor. (3) Report on your industrial placement - deadline end of September of the following year (4) Oral Examination on your placement report - this exam should take place in November of the following year.

The year in industry placement mark (year 3) will be incorporated into your final mark which determines your degree classification as follows:-

Four Year BSc (Hons) Chemistry with Industrial Experience (F103) Four Year BSc (Hons) Environmental Chemistry with Industrial Experience (F142) Year 2 (16.5%), Year 3 (year in industry) (16.5%), Year 4 (67%)

Five year MChem (Hons) Chemistry with Industrial Experience (F101) Year 2 (8.5%), Year 3 (year in industry) (8.5%), Year 4 (33%), Year 5 (50%)

Course Team: Dr C Gwenin and Industrial Supervisor

RESOURCE IMPLICATIONS ESSENTIAL READING - None RECOMMENDED - None SPECIFIC RESOURCE IMPLICATIONS FOR STUDENTS Students will be based at companies that may not be local to Bangor and will need to make appropriate accomodation/travel arrangements.

Assessment Criteria


Excellent (>70%). Knowledge base is extensive and extends well beyond the work covered in the programme. Conceptual understanding is outstanding. Problems of a familiar and unfamiliar nature are solved with efficiency and accuracy; problem-solving procedures are adjusted to the nature of the problem. Laboratory work are exemplary and show a thorough analysis and appraisal of experimental results, with appropriate suggestions for improvement. Performance in transferable skills is generally very good.


Threshold (40%). Knowledge and understanding of the content covered in the course is basic; Problems of a routine nature are generally adequately solved; laboratory experiments are usually carried out with reasonable success though significance and limitations of experimental data and/or observations may not be fully recognised; transferable skills are at a basic level.


Good (~60%). Knowledge base covers all essential aspects of subject matter dealt with in the programme and shows good evidence of enquiry beyond this. Conceptual understanding is good. Problems of a familiar and unfamiliar nature are solved in a logical manner; solutions are generally correct and acceptable. Laboratory work is carried out in a reliable and efficient manner, with a good appreciation of data analysis shown in write-ups. Performance in transferable skills is sound and shows no significant deficiencies.

Learning outcomes

  1. The student should also learn to write a report on the project.

  2. The student should be able to work on an Industrial project

  3. The student should be able to learn a wide range of experimental and theoretical techniques associated with the project.

  4. The student should be able to make an oral presentation on the project.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
Industrial Supervisors Report/Questionnaire 40
Student Report on Industrial placement 40
Revision coursework 10
Oral Presentation at Company 10

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Work-based learning

This module involves the student spending between 9 months to a year in an industrial company or European Company, performing a wide range of tasks in the industry. Included in their time the student will write a report, do coursework revision and give an oral presentation on their industrial project.


Subject specific skills

  • CC4 The ability to recognise and analyse problems and plan strategies for their solution
  • CC5 Skills in the generation, evaluation, interpretation and synthesis of chemical information and data
  • CC6 Skills in communicating scientific material and arguments
  • CC7 Information technology and data-processing skills, relating to chemical information and data.
  • CC8 The ability to adapt and apply methodology to the solution of unfamiliar problems
  • CC9 The ability to assimilate, evaluate and present research results objectively
  • CP3 Skills required for the conduct of documented laboratory procedures involved in synthesis and analysis, in relation to both inorganic and organic systems
  • PS1 Communication skills, covering both written and oral communication with a variety of audiences
  • PS2 Skills in the employment of common conventions and standards in scientific writing, data presentation, and referencing literature
  • PS3 Problem-solving skills, relating to qualitative and quantitative information
  • PS4 Numeracy and mathematical skills, including handling data, algebra, functions, trigonometry, calculus, vectors and complex numbers, alongside error analysis, order-of-magnitude estimations, systematic use of scientific units and different types of data presentation
  • PS5 Information location and retrieval skills, in relation to primary and secondary information sources, and the ability to assess the quality of information accessed
  • PS6 Information technology skills which support the location, management, processing, analysis and presentation of scientific information
  • PS7 Basic interpersonal skills, relating to the ability to interact with other people and to engage in teamworking
  • PS8 Time management and organisational skills, as evidenced by the ability to plan and implement efficient and effective ways of working
  • PS11 Problem-solving skills including the demonstration of self-direction, initiative and originality
  • PS13 The ability to make decisions in complex and unpredictable situations
  • PS14 Independent learning skills required for continuing professional development
  • PS15 The ability to think critically in the context of data analysis and experimental design
  • SK7 Develop knowledge and understanding of ethics, societal responsibilities, environmental impact and sustainability, in the context of chemistry
  • SK2 Demonstrate a systematic understanding of fundamental physicochemical principles with the ability to apply that knowledge to the solution of theoretical and practical problems
  • SK3 Gain knowledge of a range of inorganic and organic materials
  • SK6 Develop an awareness of issues within chemistry that overlap with other related subjects
  • SK8 Develop an understanding of safe working practice, in terms of managing chemical toxicity, chemical stability andchemical reactivity, through knowledge-based risk assessments
  • SK9 Read and engage with scientific literature
  • PS10 other relevant professional skills such as business awareness
  • PS9 skills needed to undertake appropriate further training of a professional nature

Courses including this module

Compulsory in courses: