Full Title:Work Preparation & Placement
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:PLCE E8001
 
Credits: 5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2015/16 ( September 2015 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Description:The learner will prepare for and undertake a relevant work placement of not less than 4 weeks during the programme. The placement programme will familiarise the student with work practices and procedures and provide him/her with the opportunity to observe the practical application of theoretical knowledge gained in the B.Sc. (Hons.) Building Surveying programme. The aim of the industrial placement is to introduce the learner to structured employment in a relevant work sector and to develop in the learner an understanding of the organisation, its procedures and technology.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Prepare a professional CV for use in the workplace and undertake a company profiling exercise which matches a student's strengths and skills to an organisation's needs.
  2. Communicate in a professional manner within the workplace.
  3. Demonstrate initiative whilst working alone and in teams.
  4. Apply the knowledge and skill of at least one technical competency acquired during the programme of study in the analysis and solution of workplace problems.
  5. Reflect on and analyse the learning experience resulting from the work placement.
  6. Discuss company QA and management procedures.
 

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
General module & work placement overview sessions
This module will comprise 3/4 separately themed Workshop sessions to prepare students to successfully secure and complete their compulsory work placement. The Workshops will be facilitated by the Placement Officer dedicated to the programme, and will involve input from DkIT Department of Construction & Surveying staff member and industry/ practice. Support Materials and Information for each session will be shared via Moodle. In the work placement overview session Overview Session: this will cover the Placement Terms & Conditions, Placement Structure, and background on industry specific information regarding placement. Delivered through: Class Presentation, Interactive Small Groups sessions, Q&A Feedback from previous years placement students.
Personal & professional profiling workshop
Overview of the professional environment for the Built Environment field of study, and the exploration of qualities and skills required of a professional in the property and construction industry. Students will have to research and prepare a Placement Profile indicating their Placement preferences. This Profile will be used to secure their Work Placement. Delivered through: Class Presentation, Interactive Small Group exercises Guided Reflective activities, guest speakers
CV preparation
Detailed sessions on preparation of a CV which is relevant and impactful • The Do’s and Don’ts of CVs. Students will have to prepare a Professional CV which will be used to secure their Work Placement. Delivered through: Class Presentation, Interactive Small Groups sessions, CV Labs, 1-to-1 sessions for CV support.
Company services & communication strategies
Services offered by company, management of the business and communication processes within the enterprise, quality assurance systems including data management, documentation storage and retrieval, health & safety practices, IT systems, meetings including minutes and actions, presentations, project planning etc.
Personal development, initiative and working in teams .
Undertaking individual responsibility for aspects of workplace activity, Working in teams, Reporting to management.
Application of learning to the workplace
Application of knowledge and technical skills received at DkIT in the workplace environment based upon SCSI technical competencies.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Special Regulation
Assessment based on reflective journal prepared by the student and employer's report confirming authenticity of student journal and experienced gain.

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Other Preparation of a professional CV. This will meet part of learning outcome 1. 1 10.00 100 40 n/a 0
Other Preparation of placement profile - students must prepare this profile (minimum of three potential suitable companies/employers for approval), indicating relevant personal information; placement preferences, rationale for choice, key personal strengths. This profile will be used to secure their work placement. This will meet part of learning outcome 1. 1 10.00 100 40 n/a 0
Reflective Journal Work experience - As part of students’ work placement they are expected to prepare a reflective learning journal comprising a reflective piece of writing which critically evaluates the learning from the work placement in terms of personal growth and professional development. Assessment will be based on the reflective journal prepared by the student and employer's report confirming authenticity of student journal and experienced gain. The reflective journal must demonstrate that a student has met learning outcomes 2, 3 4 and 5. 2,3,4,5 80.00 100 40 n/a 0
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
No repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will be offered solely on the basis of coursework and a repeat examination will not be offered.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment

 

Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Overall preparation & coordination of module including explanation of work experience content/resources, offering guidance, advice and assistance with the necessary work placement arrangements and approval with potential employers. 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Practical Work placement 140.00 Once per semester 9.33
Total Weekly Learner Workload 11.33
Total Weekly Contact Hours 11.33
This course has no Part Time workload.
Resources
Recommended Book Resources
  • Jackson Tom 1997, The Perfect CV, 2nd Revised Ed Ed., Piatkus [ISBN: 0749916]
  • Hawkins, Pete 1999, The Art of Building Windmills: Career Tactics for the 21st Century,Graduate Into Employment Unit,, University of Liverpool Liverpool [ISBN: 095359]
  • The Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI), Your APC pathway guide to Building Surveying
  • The Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI), Candidates Guide - Assessment of Professional Competence - Requirements and Competencies RICS/SCSI Education and Qualification Standards
  • The Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI), Candidates Guide - Assessment of Professional Competence Guides for Supervisors, Counsellors and Employers – Graduate Route to Membership
  • The Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI), Candidates Guide - Assessment of Professional Competence Senior Professional Route Guidance for Applicants
  • The Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI), Candidates Guide - RICS/SCSI Education and Training Assessment of Professional Competence Candidates Guide – Graduate Route 1 & 2
  • The Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI), Candidates Guide - RICS/SCSI Education and Training Assessment of Professional Competence Candidates Guide – Graduate Route 3
  • The Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI), Candidates Guide - Assessment of Professional Competence Candidates Guide – Adaptation Route
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
  • DkIT Placement Office: n/a: Placement Office, DkITWork Placement HandbookDkIT Placement Office

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_EBSUR_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Building Surveying 5 Mandatory
658 Bachelor of Science in Construction Surveying 5 Mandatory