Run by School of Medical Sciences
15 Credits or 7.5 ECTS Credits
Organiser: Dr David Pryce
Overall aims and purpose
The International Experience Placement module (IPEM) is designed to provide an opportunity for students to extend their understanding of their degree subject area by a period of study 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 extended four year degree course, will enhance students’ experience and employment opportunities.
This pre-level 6 IPEM module is available to full-time and part-time students, as part of validated 4 year BSc program "with international experience" between years 1 and 2, or between year 2 and 3. The study abroad period typically falls between years 2 and 3.
Module placements may only be completed at locations approved by the University (‘Host Institutions’) and under the terms of an agreement between the University and the Host Institution. The agreement must be consistent with the requirements of the University’s Code of Practice for Placement Learning, including health and safety, and any relevant regulations relating to insurance cover. The agreement will also define the responsibilities of the Host Institution. Transfer of registration to the extended programme can only take place after all arrangements for the placement are confirmed.
- Students taking the IEPM Pre-Level 6 module must pass the IEPM in order to be allowed to proceed to the next year of the programme.
- Students who fail the IEPM, subject to the agreement of the Board or Examiners, may be permitted to transfer to the 3-year BSc programme (e.g. `without International Experience).
- The IEPM does not contribute to any exit awards defined for the BSc 3-year programme only to the 4 year BSc with International Experience.
- The IEPM does not directly contribute to the overall mark upon which the degree classification is based, however in cases of borderline degree result Boards of Examiners are expected to take into account a student’s IEPM achievements.
If, for reasons beyond students’ control, they are unable to complete the IEPM or the equivalent credit-bearing modules, Schools must provide an opportunity for students to demonstrate achievement of the IPEM Learning Outcomes via alternative assessments.
Students will spend an extended period at a Host Institution. The 15 credit module equates to 600 hours or a minimum placement of 15 weeks (at 40 hrs/week).
Shorter ‘intensive’ placements may also be permitted provided that students can achieve the module learning outcomes.
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. The experience of students will be consistent with the following:
(a) Taught elements (contact time) 130 Hours (~20% of notional learning hours) (b) Private Study 470 Hours
Format of Teaching: Tutorials (Introduction to module) 5 Hours Tutorials (in-module) 125 Hours
The exact content of each placement will be designed for each student in discussion with the Host Institution and will include elements of directed learning and/or supervision. Study areas should be relevant to the extended degree subject area; with particular emphasis placed on understanding and applying subject-specific knowledge in a different cultural settings and learning about the country in which the Host Institution is based. Ideally when considered as a whole, the IPEM module should deliver content that enables fulfilment of all the IEPM learning outcomes, enhances those of the associated extended degree program and increases student employability potential.
Excellent (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 & skills acquired by the student. Knowledge directly and indirectly related to the student’s degree subject and/or future carerr choices 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. Potential employability skils are clearly identified and discussed.
Good (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 and/or employability skills 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. Potential employability skils are mentioned but not further discussed.
Threshold (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 her/his learning experience, mainly as a retrospective description of the placement experience with little emphasis on how the experiences might shape future learning. Potential employability skils are not identified neither discussed.
Demonstrate acquisition of knowledge that will contribute to their general understanding of their degree subject area and that can be applied to their studies in subsequent modules.
Demonstrate appreciation and understanding of how application of subject-specific knowledge is influenced by multi-cultural and transnational issues.
Demonstrate reflective evaluation of their learning experience in a general and subject-specific context.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
The exact teaching strategy will relate to the content and characteristics of the placement at the Host Institution
- Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
- Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
- 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
- Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
- Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
- 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
The key skills taught in the modules will include:
- Analysis and problem solving
- Abstracting and synthesising information
- Taking responsibility for own learning
- Learning and study
- Written communication
- Verbal presentation
- Contextualising information
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- Interpersonal skills
Personal attributes and social skills
- Ability to work autonomously
- Self-awareness and self-motivation
- Empathy and insight
- Awareness of responsibility as local, national and international citizens
- Flexibility and adaptability
- working in a foreign environment
- working with colleagues from different ethical backgrounds
- working with an international partner
- learning a foreign language
- planning and exercising professional work
- application and interview skills
Resource implications for students
It is expected that costs directly associated with the placement will be covered by funding arranged through the University or as otherwise defined in the agreement between the University and the Host Institution. Students will be responsible for any additional costs, e.g. for activities that are not part of the agreement between the University and the Host Institutions, and for arranging insurance cover for these activities.