Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC2047: Work Placement

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 academic year.

Please note that this module is only delivered on the Penryn Campus.

Module Aims

This module will help you to gain experience in a graduate level working environment, building contacts, skills, and knowledges to help you start out on your career post university, or try out a field that you think that you might be interested in but need to understand more. 


From workshops through to assessment, the module encourages you to think critically about the work that you are doing, considering your personal learning journey over the course of your studies.  You will develop your personal management skills and experience, practicing specific skills for employment.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here – you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. Demonstrate an understanding of what your placement organisation does, how it is managed, the culture within the organisation and what influences this;
2. Demonstrate an awareness of the experiential learning process and some ability to reflect on and evaluate learning from the workplace;
Discipline-Specific Skills3. Demonstrate an ability to reflect on the relationship between learning politics, the politics skills you have developed, and how these apply to your work placement;
4. Demonstrate an ability to systematically research the academic background to issues arising from your work placement;
Personal and Key Skills5. Identify the skills needed in relation to particular job/career opportunities, and with reference to the work placement in particular;
6. Analyse your own personal management skills, identifying ways to improve through personal development planning;
7. Present yourself effectively in CVs, applications, oral presentations and interviews; and
8. Demonstrate a capacity for independent working.