Full Title:Work Placement-6 Weeks
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:COMP C8051
Credits: 15
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2016/17 ( September 2016 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Description:The aim of the module is to facilitate the student’s understanding of the work practices employed in animation and media organisations. It is a progressive extension to the academic, practical and management skills developed during the programme. Work placement in a media-industry setting affords students an opportunity to apply their knowledge, skills and learning in a real-world work environment. It also gives students insight into work practices and to identify potential graduate employment opportunities.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Evaluate the role of theory in practice and to assess their own performance in relation to their personal objectives;
  2. Demonstrate practical skills and creative capabilities;
  3. Appraise and recommend styles of leadership and problem-solving methods in a real-world environment;
  4. Illustrate enhanced communication, interpersonal and organisational skills;
  5. Explore the challenges involved in group work and motivating groups;
  6. Critically assess the development of his/her self-confidence and self-esteem by comparing self-awareness before, during and after the work placement.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
A six-week work placement in semester one is a compulsory element of the programme.
Possible work placement settings could include:  Television Production Companies  Broadcasters  Film Productions  Local and Regional Film Commissions  Community Media Groups  Northern Ireland Screen Payment for work is desirable but it is at the discretion of the employer. The Institute’s Placement Officer and the Video and Film Production staff will assist and advise students in sourcing and selecting a suitable placement. The onus will be on the student to identify a potential placement and to ascertain the tasks and experiences to be gained from the work placement. If it is not possible to secure a work placement for a student in an external media-industry setting, an arrangement will be made where an appropriate placement project will be established within DkIT.
Placement Visits
Once the placement has been approved, a pre-placement meeting will be held between the placement supervisor, Institute tutor and the student. At this meeting each party will discuss and agree a learning contract comprising expectations, learning objectives and agree the practical arrangements. The Placement Officer Information will provide information on the role and responsibilities of the Placement Supervisor, via a training workshop or on an individual basis. The formal learning contract will be drawn up and signed by the employer, the student and the Institute placement tutor. Over the duration of the placement, a dedicated course lecturer will carry out an on-site work placement visit. The purpose of this visit is to review progress with the student and the placement supervisor, discuss the key learning to date, set future targets with all parties involved for the remaining time.
Students need to demonstrate their commitment and motivation as professional practitioners in their chosen work experience setting in the following areas:
1. Knowledge – students are expected to demonstrate the ability to apply theory to practice. They should draw on the learning from their course of study to inform their practice over the placement duration. 2. Attitude & Values – students are expected to work respectfully with the ethos and practice of the placement organisation and its service users. 3. Core Skills – Students are expected to acquire core skills/competencies in professional work practices over the course of their placement. There are 6 Core Competency Areas that are assessed: 1. Leadership & Management Skills 2. Practical skills and Creative capabilities 3. Group Work skills 4. Communication & Interpersonal Skills 5. Reflective Practice/Self Awareness 6. Professional Attitude 1. LEADERSHIP & MANAGEMENT SKILLS Students are expected to demonstrate skills in leadership and management appropriate to the placement work area. Such skills include: • Decision making • Problem solving • Taking responsibility • Respect • Workload management 2. PRACTICAL SKILLS AND CREATIVE CAPABILITIES Students are expected to demonstrate competence in planning, executing and evaluating creative media activities including pre-production, production and post-production. Skills include: • Preparing and planning for production • Applying course learning in real practice environment • Using various techniques and problem-solving approaches • Evaluation of work sessions 3. GROUP WORK SKILLS Students are expected to demonstrate competence in working with production teams in a professional and capable manner. Skills should include: • Understanding the dynamics of groups • Demonstrating the ability to contribute to the group process • Addressing challenging behaviour • Awareness of the different personalities in a group • Supporting the different abilities in a group 4. COMMUNICATION & INTERPERSONAL SKILLS Students are expected to demonstrate a capacity to communicate effectively with people: building good relationships. Communication skills include: • Observing • Listening • Questioning • Clarifying • Summarising • Approachable and open manner • Use of appropriate language • Being proactive regarding the use of different methods of communication 5. REFLECTIVE PRACTICE/SELF AWARENESS Students should adopt a reflective practice approach to their learning experiences over the placement duration. Students should: • Apply course-based learning into practice • Adopt an inquisitive approach • Reflect on how their own skills, attitudes and responses, values, actions whilst on placement • Increase self awareness: gain greater insight into their personal attributes, strengths and weaknesses and how these impact on their practice • Demonstrate an openness to new learning and self-improvement 6. PROFESSIONAL ATTITUDES Students are expected to work in a professional manner and adhere to the working arrangements and practices of the organisation where they are placed. Areas of professional attitude include: • Punctuality • Appropriate Dress • Interaction with other staff • Interaction with individuals, groups and wider community • Good work practices • Time Management • Ability to accept supervision • Confidentiality
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
Continuous Assessment Attendance at Pre-Placement Workshops, preparation of CV & submission of Learning Objectives. 5,6 10.00 0 0 Week 3 0
Essay Practice Report. 1,2,3 20.00 0 0 Week 12 0
Essay Reflective Learning Report. 1,3,5,6 20.00 0 0 Week 12 0
Reflective Journal Students are expected to keep a journal over the duration of their placement. The focus of this journal is to record the learning journey experienced by the student while out on placement. It is a tool to enable competence in reflective practice. Keeping this journal requires discipline and commitment from the student. The journal itself is not submitted for assessment, but it is a necessary information source for the Reflective Learning Report, which is submitted for assessment. 1,3,5,6 0.00 0 0 n/a 0
Presentation On completion of their placement, each student will give a presentation based on their reflective learning report where they will give an overview of their key learning experiences. 1,2,3,4,5,6 20.00 0 0 Week 13 0
Continuous Assessment Employer’s feedback (supervisor's report). The placement supervisor will have responsibility for assessing the student’s progress whilst out on placement. This assessment is worth 30% of the overall module. Each placement supervisor will be given a standard report template, which they must complete and submit to the Institute’s placement officer. They will assess the student’s progress against the named core competency areas and allocate an appropriate grade. 1,2,4,5 30.00 0 0 Week 13 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 who fail the work placement will have to repeat the placement to gain the award.

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 No Description 12.00 Once per semester 0.80
Independent Study No Description 363.00 Once per semester 24.20
Total Weekly Learner Workload 25.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 0.80
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

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_KTDCA_8 Higher Diploma in Science in 3D Computer Animation 4 Mandatory