Work Placement module (AC41010)

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Credits

20

Module code

AC41010

Semester: Summer

Organisation

If you want to talk about an aspect of the module or your work on it, please make an appointment to see the lecturer.

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About the Module

A work placement is a period of time spent working in an industrial, commercial or research organisation using computers and the knowledge gained so far during the undergraduate course. The aim of the work placement is for students to gain experience in industry, commerce or research and so strengthen their career opportunities.

The work placement takes place during the summer vacation between the junior and senior honours years and is normally a full time paid placement of twelve weeks’ duration; this can include 2 weeks of holiday if agreed with the academic and industrial supervisor. Any placement of less than full time must be approved by the module coordinator in advance of the placement starting.

The work placement is an optional module and it is the student's responsibility to find a suitable placement. Students are able to take up a placement where they already have a connection (e.g. a relative works in the company) and they are able to take up work placements abroad if the amount of academic supervision is approved by the module coordinator in advance of the placement starting.

If the work placement and assessment criteria are completed, the mark awarded for this module can be used in preference to the lowest mark obtained in the other honours modules when determining the degree to be awarded. The work placement mark can be used to replace a mark of any of the Level 3 or Level 4 modules rated at most 20 SCQF points but the lowest pass may only be raised by one band (and a maximum of 3 grades) such as a D3 to a C3; a D2 to a C2 ; a D1 to a C1. Note that the student will still have to do the normal set of Level 4 modules (totalling 120 credits) giving the necessary breadth of knowledge to pursue a range of career opportunities.

If the work placement is in a research setting and related to the student's upcoming Honours project, a clear description of how the work placement differs from the Honours project must be provided. Note that the summer work placement itself cannot count as work towards the Honours project.

The type of work done is taken into account when assessing a work placement. Software development activities will count more highly than IT service based placements. The level of responsibility taken on by the student will also be taken into account.

Work Statement

A work statement must be produced before the University agrees that a work placement can be counted towards an honours degree.

The work statement will form an understanding between the student, academic supervisor

and industrial supervisor on what work will be undertaken by the student during the course of the work placement. Modifications to the work statement can be made at any time during the placement provided that the prior agreement of the industrial and academic supervisors is obtained. Since the company will be employing the student during the work placement period they will naturally be able to direct the student's work in whatever way suits the business. The work statement should only be altered if there is a major change in the work being done.

Credit Rating

There are 15 SCQF points available on this module.

Module Timetable

The specific timetable you will follow during the work placement will be agreed with the industrial and academic supervisors as part of your work statement. It is expected that you will be working full-time for the twelve weeks of your placement.

Assessment and Coursework

Coursework counts for 100% of the final module mark.
The final degree exam counts for 0% of the final module mark.

Assignments

TitleWeek GivenWeek DueEffort Expected (hours)Value (%)
Weekly progress reports   10
Final report   60
Presentation   25
Industrial supervisors report   5

Resources

All course material is available on My Dundee. This includes copies of lecture materials, practical exercises, and assignments. The reading list for this module can be accessed from My Dundee, and provides recommended materials for completing the module.