Placement-Linked Project

The details
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 05 October 2023
Friday 28 June 2024
31 March 2021


Requisites for this module
EC831, GV830, GV831, GV832, GV837, HR831



Key module for


Module description

This is a full year module available only to students in the Department of Government undertaking a placement which will be linked to an independent research project, replacing the standard final year project.
The module enables students to undertake a short placement (a minimum of 150 hours) with an external Placement Provider. The student will be required to complete an independent research project which is informed by their placement, and additionally will complete a number of reflective tasks relating to their placement. The student will actively use the links between the knowledge and skills developed in their academic course, and the work-based skills and knowledge developed in carrying out their placement role, to inform a research project based on a specified aspect of their placement work

Module aims

1. To provide the student with the opportunity to apply their academic learning outcomes in a work-related context.

2. To enable students to develop essential work-based skills throughout the placement.

3. To provide students with the opportunity to analyse their practical work in a theoretical context.

4. The systematic application of subject specific knowledge to methodologies, data and experiences gained during the work placement

Module learning outcomes

Successful completion of the module will allow students to meet the following outcomes:
A Knowledge and understanding
1. An experience-based understanding of work roles.

B Intellectual/cognitive skills
1. A capacity to connect subject-specific theory to practice in a work environment.

C Practical Skills
1. The ability to communicate with a range of colleagues and clients in a working environment.

D Key skills
1. The capacity to work in a team within a work environment.
Improved personal professional skills.
E Project Related
1. Have applied academic knowledge and experience to produce a significant piece of project work

Module information

The syllabus will be determined on an individual basis for each student on the basis of the placement they are undertaking. The Department and Placement Provider will agree the focus of the placement via the Learning Agreement, and this will ensure that the student is able to meet the module learning outcomes set out in the previous section of this form.

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Learning and teaching methods

The learning and teaching methods will be dependent on the placement and will be recorded for an individual student on the training agreement signed by the Placement Provider, the student, and the University. Each student will be assigned to an Academic Supervisor in their Department, and a Placement Supervisor named by the Placement Provider. Students will work closely with their Academic Supervisor and Placement Supervisor to develop and deliver an independent research project relating to their work, liaising with them throughout the work placement and as necessary after the placement has ended in order to allow the student to complete the project. The Academic Supervisor will be appointed prior to the student undertaking their placement, and will work closely with the student and Placement Provider to define the subject of the Project and to ensure the placement is structured to enable the student to engage with the project. The Academic Supervisor will contact the student at defined points throughout the placement and will be available via email and phone as necessary during the placement period. Students will additionally be provided with the contact details of administrative staff in the Department who will be contactable throughout the placement; and with the details of the Employability Coordinator for Social Sciences who will be available to students throughout their placement to provide advice and support in relation to generic work-based learning issues.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Pre-placement Report    10% 
Coursework   Reflective Report    10% 
Coursework   Monthly Learning Log    10% 
Coursework   Placement-linked project    70% 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
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Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Robert Kemp, email: rpkemp@essex.ac.uk.
Dr Hersh Mann, email: hmann@essex.ac.uk.
rpkemp@essex.ac.uk, hmann@essex.ac.uk Module Administrator: Sallyann West sawest@essex.ac.uk


Travel costs for UK - based unpaid, approved work placements and live projects which are an integral part of a module may be covered by your department. (NB this will usually exclude field trips and site visits). Please check with your module supervisor to ensure that the activity is eligible.

External examiner

Dr Katharine Dommett
The University of Sheffield
Senior Lecturer
Dr Stefano Pagliari
City, University of London
Senior Lecturer in International Politics
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


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