Hospitality & Tourism Placement
Run by School of Human and Behavioural Sciences
20.000 Credits or 10.000 ECTS Credits
Semester 1 & 2
Organiser: Dr Jamie Macdonald
Overall aims and purpose
This module is designed to help students work as professional practitioners in the hospitality and tourism industries and to allow students to apply knowledge gained during their degree within tourism and hospitality career paths.
The module will provide an opportunity for students to initiate continuous profesional development activities. Students will develop techniques (e.g. performance profiling and reflective practice) to help them identify their own development needs for this module and to facilitate continued professional development post-graduation. In order to provide students with a meaningful experience and setting in which to develop such techniques, students’ will complete a professional placement and/or progress towards (or actually attain) tourism and hospitality qualifications. During these placements and when obtaining these qualifications, students will apply tourism and hospitality knowledge gained elsewhere during their degree.
An attempt to apply knowledge obtained during the degree in the work placement is evident. A basic needs assessment is presented. A five day work placement has been completed. Progression is made towards obtaining a nationally recognised qualification. Reflective learning cycles are present.
Application of knowledge obtained during the degree in the work placement provides a meaningful positive impact on the organisation.
A detailed and referenced needs assessment is presented.
A five day work placement has been completed.
A nationally recognised qualification has been obtained and/or adversity to obtain such a qualification has been overcome.
Reflective learning cycles are detailed and referenced.
Application of knowledge obtained during the degree in the work placement is potentially worthy to the organisation and is realistic.
A referenced needs assessment is presented but some aspects of detail are missing (e.g. goals may not be SMART).
A five day work placement has been completed.
Considerable progress towards obtaining a challenging nationally recognised qualification has been made.
Reflective learning cycles are included and referenced but some aspects of detail are missing (e.g. some opportunities to learn from experiences have been missed).
Implimented knowledge gained elsewhere during their degree in their work placement setting or when obtaining their qualification, and evaluated its effectiveness.
Completed a work placement in a hospitality and tourism business (minimum one week (~35 hours)).
Upon completion of this module, students will have: Acquired or progressed towards obtaining a hospitality and tourism officially recognised qualification.
Planned, initiated, recorded, and evaluated (based on a needs analysis and reflective practice) an appropriate and tailored programme of personal development specific to a hospitality and tourism career path.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
2 hours: Information session; selecting and finding placements and qualifications. 2 hours: CV, cover letter and interviews; preparing for your placement.
1 week (40 hours) in a work placement
|Practical classes and workshops||
2 days (14 hours): completing nationally recognised hospitality and tourism training or assessment course.
35 hours: Preparing Placement Proposal; 30: Completing private study to complete nationally recognised hospitality and tourism qualification; 70 hours: Preparing Post-Placement Report; 7 hours: Administration and coordination for placement and qualification.
- 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
- Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
- Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
- 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.
- Safety-Consciousness - Having an awareness of your immediate environment, and confidence in adhering to health and safety regulations
- Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
- Management - Able to utilise, coordinate and control resources (human, physical and/or financial)
- 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
- Leadership - Able to lead and manage, develop action plans and objectives, offer guidance and direction to others, and cope with the related pressures such authority can result in
Subject specific skills
- describe, synthesise, interpret, analyse and evaluate information and data relevant to a professional or vocational context
- plan, design, execute and communicate a sustained piece of independent intellectual work, which provides evidence of critical engagement with, and interpretation of, appropriate data
- apply knowledge to the solution of familiar and unfamiliar problems
- demonstrate effective written and/or oral communication and presentation skills
- work effectively independently and with others
- take and demonstrate responsibility for their own learning and continuing personal and professional development
- self-appraise and reflect on practice
- plan and design practical activities using appropriate techniques and procedures whilst demonstrating high levels of relevant skills
- project manage and execute practical activities using appropriate techniques and procedures whilst demonstrating high levels of relevant skills
- recognise and respond to moral, ethical, sustainability and safety issues that directly pertain to the context of study including relevant legislation and professional codes of conduct
- undertake fieldwork with continuous regard for safety and risk assessment.
- communicate succinctly at a level appropriate to different audiences.
- develop justifiable and/or evidence-based interventions