BE731-6-FY-CO:
Work-Based Placement

The details
2023/24
Essex Business School
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 6
Current
Thursday 05 October 2023
Friday 28 June 2024
120
10 July 2023

 

Requisites for this module
(none)
(none)
(none)
(none)

 

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Key module for

BSC N404 Accounting (Including Placement Year),
BSC N422 Accounting and Finance (Including Placement Year),
MACCN441 Accounting and Finance (Including Placement Year),
BSC NN27 Accounting and Management (Including Placement Year),
BSC NL44 Accounting with Economics (Including Placement Year),
BSC N392 Banking and Finance (Including Placement Year),
BBA N103 Business Administration (Including Placement Year),
BSC N204 Business Management (Including Placement Year),
BSC N304 Finance (Including Placement Year),
BSC N123 International Business and Entrepreneurship (Including Placement Year),
BSC NN2M Marketing Management (Including Placement Year),
BSC N504 Marketing (Including Placement Year),
BSC N834 Tourism Management (Including Placement Year),
BSC N346 Finance and Management (Including Placement Year),
MMANNN36 Marketing Management (Including Placement Year),
BSC N356 International Business and Finance (Including Placement Year),
BSC N112 Business Administration and Supply Chain Management (Including Placement Year),
BSC N261 Business and Human Resource Management (including Placement Year)

Module description

This module offers undergraduate students the opportunity to seek a placement at an organisation of their choice for them to acquire essential work-based skills with which to augment their academic learning.

Module aims

The aims of this module are:



  • To provide the student with the opportunity to apply their academic learning through a placement in a work-related context.

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

  • To provide students with the opportunity to analyse their practical work from a theoretical perspective.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students will be expected to be able to:



  1. An understanding of their role within the placement organization, the industry sector in which the organisation operates and the wider socio-economic context of their placement.

  2. A capacity for critical, reflexive evaluation of their own contribution and development while undertaking a work-based placement, including counter-factual or alternate possibilities.

  3. An ability to draw on theoretical concepts and ideas, and relevant academic knowledge, to make sense of, analyse and evaluate work-based practices, experiences and learning.

  4. In meeting each of the above, students should be able to demonstrate appropriate communication skills including the ability to present information together with analysis, argument and commentary in a form appropriate to the needs and interests of different audiences.

  5. Students should also demonstrate, through the successful completion of a placement review, an ability to locate, extract and analyse data from multiple sources, including the acknowledgement and referencing of appropriate academic sources.


Module information


On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:
1. An understanding of their role within the organization, sector and wider socio-economic context in which they are employed;
2. A capacity for critical, reflexive evaluation of their own contribution and development whilst undertaking a work-based placement;
3. An ability to draw on theoretical concepts and ideas, and relevant academic knowledge, to analyse and evaluate work-based practices, experiences and learning.
4. In meeting each of the above, students should be able to demonstrate appropriate communication skills including the ability to present information together with analysis, argument and commentary in a form appropriate to the needs and interests of different audiences.
5. Students should also demonstrate, through the successful completion of a placement review, an ability to locate, extract and analyse data from multiple sources, including the acknowledgement and referencing of appropriate academic sources.

Learning and teaching methods

There is no taught component on this module as such, although students will be offered preparatory sessions during their first and second year organised by the EBS Placements Manager in conjunction with the Employability and Careers Centre.

These will consist of a series of workshops focusing on CV preparation; making placement applications; interview technique; induction, appraisal and development; as well as a briefing on the assessment component of the placement.

In addition to at least one placement visit by an appointed Academic Placement Tutor / Placements Manager, students will also be offered a de-brief session on completion of their placement, consisting of a tutorial meeting with the appointed Tutor who will provide guidance on the preparation of the final component of the placement review.

Bibliography

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   Placement Review - Part One  15/12/2023  20% 
Coursework   Placement Review - Part Two  15/03/2024  30% 
Coursework   Placement Review - Part Three  05/07/2024  50% 

Additional coursework information

  • Part One: To provide background material on the role, organisation, sector/setting and broader context of the placement. Part One should be approximately 1,500 words in length, appropriately referenced, and submitted through Faser by the last Friday of January in the placement year. Part One of the Placement Review should be submitted along with any appraisal documentation prior to the placement visit, and should be used as the basis for discussion of the student’s work role and context, as well as his or her contribution and progress during the placement to date.
  • Part Two: To provide a detailed and reflexive account of the student’s contribution and development during the placement to date, including an evaluative account of 2-3 examples of work tasks undertaken. Part Two should be approximately 1,500 words in length, appropriately referenced, through Faser by the last Friday of April in the placement year.
  • Part Three: To provide an in-depth analysis of work-based practices, experiences and learning, drawing on relevant academic research, including concepts and theories studied in Level One and Two. Part Three of the Review should be approximately 3,000 words in length, appropriately referenced, and submitted through Faser by the last Friday of August in the placement year.
  • The assessment of work-based placements will be subject to the normal School procedures in respect of moderation and external examining. The placement review will be assessed as ‘pass’ or ‘fail’, and will not be awarded a specific numerical grade (as per other undergraduate modules), although reviews in which all three parts are deemed to be of an equivalent standard to undergraduate work that would normally be awarded a mark of 70+ will be awarded a ‘Distinction’ for the placement year, and this will be noted on the student’s transcript.

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

Module is either passed or marked as not completed.

Reassessment

Module is either passed or marked as not completed.

Module supervisor and teaching staff
Prof Jay Mitra, email: jmitra@essex.ac.uk.
Jay Mitra
jmitra@essex.ac.uk

 

Availability
No
No
No
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 Idlan Rabihah Zakaria
Dr Pingli Li
University of Southampton
Associate Professor
Dr Alvise Favotto
University of Glasgow
Senior Lecturer in Accounting
Dr Hf Guo
University of Durham
Assistant Professor in Finance
Dr Muhammad Asif Khan
Dr MARGARITA NYFOUDI
University of Birmingham
Associate Professor of Human Resource Management & Organisational Behaviour
Resources
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.

 

Further information
Essex Business School

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