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