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ELEC3200 Industrial Studies

Module Overview

Students on our MEng and MComp programmes can follow a variety of curricula in their third and fourth years, offering a number of different experiences and opportunities. Each programme will offer slightly different challenges yet students graduating from them will have achieved the same level of learning outcomes and studied the same extensive core curriculum. However, they will have had different opportunities for specialisation in both practical and theoretical research. To be eligible for the one year placement our students are required to meet specified progression criteria at the end of their first, second and third years where appropriate. We require that they reach a standard of 58% averaged across all their studies, and that they pass all their studies at the first time of asking. Students achieving at this level at the end of the second year should be aspiring towards a minimum of an upper second class degree on graduation. We would anticipate that the majority of our placement students would achieve at a significantly higher level than this.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The module aims to give the students experience of a real work environment, to allow them to apply their knowledge to solve practical problems, to improve their time management skills, and to get them to improve interpersonal skills by working in teams.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Experience of applying your academic skills and knowledge to solving real problems in industry
  • A deeper understanding of the relevance of the material studied in your degree to a successful career in industry
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the business practices and environment of the host company selected for your placement
  • Evaluate health and safety risks associated with industrial work and identify procedures to keep them to an acceptable minimum
  • Work successfully as a member of a diverse team
  • Understand the importance of intellectual property rights and confidentiality issues related to industrial project work
  • Demonstrate an understanding of cost analysis
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Relate the academic knowledge and skills acquired in your studies to real industrial problems
  • Apply design skills to real problems in industry

Syllabus

Throughout the placement each student is contracted to their host organisation but remain enrolled on their university degree. The nature of the work undertaken by our students on placement is managed by the host organisation but we do ask that the following key aspects of the placement are recognised and accommodated. (a) We are looking for placements on which our students work in a safe, supervised environment on activities that will use and develop their academic skills. (b) The students need to have the opportunity to demonstrate initiative and their ability to apply their knowledge and develop research skills in the placement environment. (c) The placement is assessed and contributes directly to their degree. Successful completion of the placement and assessments will mean that the title of the degree awarded will be appended ‘with Industrial Studies’. Elements of the assessment include a 1500 word mid-term report, a 10,000 word final report, a poster and a 45 minute oral examination.

Special Features

Students will be expected to go on a 1 year placement from August-September for 12 months. They may need to relocate for that period.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

A briefing session will be held at the start of the placement. Applicants will be required to attend an interview training workshop and CV clinic with the Careers Hub. There will be regular (quarterly) meetings with an Academic Supervisor. The day-to-day supervision and direction of the project is carried out by a designated Industrial Supervisor at the collaborating organisation for the duration of the placement. Each student is assigned an Academic Supervisor at the University whose role is to liaise between the University, the placement organisation and the student. Academic Supervisors will maintain regular contact with the student and their Industrial Supervisor in the host organisation by phone, email and Skype as required. Additionally the Academic Supervisor will make at least two on-site visits to the student and their Industrial Supervisor to discuss their progress.

TypeHours
Wider reading or practice50
Completion of assessment task100
Total study time150

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

If the student fails this year, he or she will go on to complete the final year of her degree without earning the 'with Industrial Studies' title. There is no referral opportunity for this syllabus in same academic year.

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Mid-term report  (1500 words) 15%
Oral examination 20%
Poster 10%
Report  (10000 words) 55%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Costs

Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Travel Costs for placements

Students may have to pay for: 1. Transport costs incurred 2. Visa-related costs

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

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