Module Details

Module Code: AGRI S7005
Full Title: Food Industry Work Placement
Valid From:: Semester 1 - 2019/20 ( June 2019 )
Language of Instruction:English
Duration: 1 Semester
Credits:: 30
Module Owner:: Edel Healy
Departments: Unknown
Module Description: The aims of this module are to provide students with experience in a relevant food industry and to give them the opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge acquired during their academic programme.
Module Learning Outcome
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
# Module Learning Outcome Description
MLO1 Apply knowledge and skills from their programme of study to the food industry
MLO2 Participate fully as a member of a team in a food industry environment
MLO3 Be self-directed in terms of time, motivation and planning
MLO4 Accept responsibility for their own work, exercise independent judgement and behave ethically in a work environment
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named DkIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
No recommendations listed
Module 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 methodologies involved in the processes and of the procedures applied within the food industry;
· Give the student a range of experience of the food 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 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.
Module Assessment
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Module Special Regulation


Part Time On Campus

Course Work
Assessment Type Performance Evaluation % of Total Mark 0
Marks Out Of 0 Pass Mark 0
Timing End of Year Learning Outcome 1,2,3,4
Duration in minutes 0
Assessment Description
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. This will be awarded a pass or fail result.
Assessment Type Reflective Journal % of Total Mark 100
Marks Out Of 0 Pass Mark 0
Timing End of Year Learning Outcome 1,2,3,4
Duration in minutes 0
Assessment Description
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.
No Project
No Practical
No Final 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

Workload: Full Time On Campus
Workload Type Contact Type Workload Description Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload Hours
Practical Contact Students undertake a 12 week work placement Once per semester 28.00 420
Total Weekly Learner Workload 28.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 28.00
This module has no Part Time On Campus workload.
Module Resources
This module does not have any book resources
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
  • DkIT. Industry Work Placement Manual.