Full Title: Work Placement
Module Code:53941
Credits: 20
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2015/16 ( September 2015 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Description:The aims of this module are to provide students with experience in a relevant industrial or business environment and to give them the opportunity to apply, develop and integrate the skills and knowledge acquired during their academic programme.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Describe and outline the nature and organisational structure of the work environment and of the demands that such an environment makes on an employee.
  2. Identify the communication and personal skills necessary to work within such an environment.
  3. Participate fully as a member of a team in a manufacturing or business environment
  4. Apply knowledge and skills from their programme of study to the work environment.
  5. Apply the manufacturing and/or business protocols and the regulatory obligations of their employer
  6. Accept responsibility for their own work, exercise independent technical or business judgement and behave ethically in a work environment

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Organisation and Management of Placement
A placement co-ordinator will be responsible for assisting students in acquiring suitable work placements. They will also provide support on interview skills and the production of high-quality CVs in a standardised format. Students must attend a minimum of 70% of sessions with the work placement co-ordinator. Students who do not avail of work placement opportunities provided by the co-ordinator are not guaranteed a placement. Students will be visited by an academic supervisor on at least one occasion during their placement.
Learning Environment
While it is evident that the work placements for individual students will differ significantly from each other, it is expected that each placement will:
· Give the student an understanding of the basic construction and/or business methodologies involved in the processes and of the procedures applied;
· Give the student a range of experience of the construction sector, rather than focus entirely on a single task or process;
· Inform the student of the relevant safety issues associated with the workplace and, if relevant, to the end-consumer;
· Inform the student of the relevant GMP, regulatory issues and quality protocols associated with the workplace;
· Give the student a working knowledge of the business or issues associated with the area of work.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Reflective Journal The student must keep a work placement journal/diary, which is submitted to the placement co-ordinator at the end of the placement. The diary must contain information regarding the position held, nature of duties and responsibilities and experience gained from the placement, with due consideration to issues of employer confidentiality. The student must also submit a report (2000-3000 words) in which they should reflect on the value of the placement in the context of their personal and professional development. Templates for the diary and report are contained in the Department Work Placement Manual. This work is examined by the Academic Supervisor. 1,2,4,6 60.00 0 0 End of Year 0
Performance Evaluation The employer must provide a work supervisor’s report to the placement co-ordinator at the end of the placement period, demonstrating that the student has satisfactorily completed a work placement of at least 12 weeks. In addition to a one-page report, the work supervisor is asked to rate the student’s performance under the following headings (4 excellent, 3 good, 2 fair, 1 poor): Attendance; Technical skills; Punctuality; Initiative; Co-operation with employer; Level of interest; Co-operation with co-workers; Compliance with health and safety standards; Communication skills; Overall quality of work. 3,4,5,6 40.00 0 0 End of Year 0
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
The assessment of this module is inextricably linked to the delivery. Therefore reassessment on this module will require the student to reattend (i.e. retake) the module in its entirety.
Reassessment Description
Students must pass both the work supervisor's evaluation and the reflective report/journal. Students who fail the employer's evaluation must re-sit this module in it's entirety in a different host organisation. Students who fail the reflective report/journal will be given an opportunity to re-submit these documents for the following examination sitting.

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
Practical Minimum duration of Work Placement = 12 weeks 35.00 Every Week 35.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 35.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 35.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
This module does not have any book resources
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
  • n/a: DkITIndustry Work Placement Manual

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_EDCBE_7 Diploma in Construction Business Excellence 2 Mandatory