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Introduction to Professional Placements

Module titleIntroduction to Professional Placements
Module codeLES2400
Academic year2021/2
Module staff

Dr Kelly Moyes (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks



Number students taking module (anticipated)


Description - summary of the module content

Module description

Increasingly, graduate positions request that applicants have work experience applicable to the role. This module will give you the necessary skills to identify, apply for and secure a professional placement with an organisation that is appropriate to your own interests. It will also allow you to carry out your placement in a professional manner.

Module aims - intentions of the module

The module will inform you of how to research relevant organisations and apply for placement opportunities. You will understand how to identify your own skills and personal qualities to ‘self-promote’ and stand out in a competitive environment. You will be given advice on how to write an effective CV, cover letter and application form, how to interview effectively and make the most of the networking opportunities. The module will also look at professionalism in the workplace, investigating common scenarios that you will face and suitable approaches, enabling you to fully immerse yourself into a professional environment.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Know how to effectively research employers to source placements and internships opportunities
  • 2. Compose an effective and well-presented CV, complete with supporting letter, making clear links between your experience and the job description
  • 3. Develop skills in networking

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 4. Understand how to apply skills learnt during stages 1 and 2 in a professional environment
  • 5. Identify and investigate the range of career opportunities available and relevant to a student with a degree in life and environmental sciences

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 6. Improve professionalism and your approach to your behaviour in the workplace
  • 7. Showcase your skills, motivations and personal career development needs and promote these effectively

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan

  • Introduction to Professional Placement
  • Sessions with the Career Zone including: professionalism, interview techniques, networking and finding a placement
  • Small group and 1:1 sessions to help find placements
  • Presentations and networking opportunities with previous placement students

Learning and teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Student learning and teaching6Seminars - you should attend all timetabled activities
Student learning and teaching2Presentation and networking with previous placement students
Student learning and teaching1Meetings and guidance with Career Zone and placement convenor
Guided independent study20Conducting additional reading and research to prepare high quality applications


Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Applications for placementsOngoingAllOral/written

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
There is no summative assessment for this module100



Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

  • Tristram Hooley and Korin Grant, You’re Hired! Graduate Career Handbook, Maximise your employability and get a graduate job, ISBN: 9781844556489

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

Module has an active ELE page

Key words search

Careers, employability, CV, personal development, transferable skills

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