BSc (Hons) Computing - Placement Year

Introduction

This module provides the student with the opportunity to consolidate and complement their academic learning through a continuous period of 42 weeks of supervised work experience in industry. The aims are:

  • To consolidate one’s learning at Levels 1 & 2
  • To relate academic study to the real world of industry
  • To experience aspects of the industrial world which cannot be taught in the classroom
  • To gain experience of the application of computing in the world of business and industry in line with one’s chosen pathway within the degree
  • To inform the academic studies of Level 3 including the final year project
  • To assist in the development of the intellectual and personal attributes required of a professional graduate demonstrating  respect for policies, procedures and confidential nature of information of the company, individual maturity, self-awareness and confidence in a work setting
  • To support career exploration and career planning.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module, the learner will be able to:

  • Define business and industry problems with a view to problem solving
  • Apply computing knowledge and skills to practical problems in the workplace
  • Apply management skills such as team-working, leadership, negotiation, decision-making, time management and communication skills in the workplace
  • Conduct a programme of work over an extended period, including the associated planning, target setting, record keeping and reporting
  • Critically appraise, reflect and report on personal, professional and technical achievements in the context of the business, its customers and its staff as well as of one’s academic studies.

Teaching, Learning and other modalities

The module has no fixed syllabus. Each student’s experience is expected to be somewhat different from another’s depending on the context and circumstances of the placement. The expected element of commonality is provided by an agreement between the Institute and the organisation providing the placement. This will typically make explicit the nature of the business organisation, the computing environment within the organisation,  the areas of activity in computing and information systems the placement student can be expected to be involved in, the opportunities for the achievement of the aims and the intended learning outcomes.
The Institute will facilitate the placement process by establishing contact, announcing the opportunities, forwarding CVs of applicants and scheduling interviews with organisations that are ready to provide placement opportunities expected to match the interests and capabilities of the students. Provided learning agreements can be worked out the Institute may accept proposals from students finding opportunities on their own  in other organisations (whether local or foreign with electronic means of communication being used by the Visiting Tutor in the case of the latter).

Preparatory sessions, briefings and debriefing take place at the Institute prior to, during and after the placement period. Guidance with regard to the maintenance of the log book, the preparation of the Interim and the Final Reports, Code of Conduct, other contractual details etc will be provided by the Institute. These are included in the Handbook provided for the purpose.

The Industrial Placement Co-ordinator at the  Institute is responsible for the overall administration of the module including summative assessment of students’ progress.

The Industrial Supervisor is a member of the employer’s staff who acts as a mentor to a student during the placement period.

The Visiting Tutor is a member of the academic staff of the Institute assigned by the Institute. He/she will make at least two visits shortly after the commencement of the placement and normally two to three other visits during the placement year in line with a common schedule announced by the Industrial Placement Co-ordinator. He/she will also be available to provide advice, and if really needed additional unscheduled visits at other times.

Assessment 

The student is expected to keep on a daily basis a log book of the work carried out at the placement organisation. This must be signed weekly by the Industrial Supervisor who is free to add observations/comments as needed. This log book will be available for inspection by the Visiting Tutor or the Industrial Placement Co-ordinator. Formative assessment is provided using the above.

Satisfactory completion of the module requires:

  1. Completion of the agreed period of placement with satisfactory attendance and progress as confirmed by the Industrial Supervisor (At the end of the placement period the Industrial Placement Co-ordinator will obtain a confidential report from the Industrial Supervisor for each of the students involved.)
  2. Submission of an Interim Report on the Placement by the 22nd week of placement;
  3. Submission of a Final Report approved by the Industrial Supervisor demonstrating the satisfactory achievement of the module learning outcomes. This is to be submitted to the Industrial Placement Co-ordinator 4 weeks prior to the meeting of the relevant Examining Board.

The placement is assessed as “Pass” or “Fail”. The assessment is made by the Industrial Placement Co-ordinator on the basis of the requirements above with advice from the Visiting Tutor and the Industrial Supervisor.