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FEEG3009 Industrial Placement Year

Module Overview

During the Industrial Placement Year (expected to be of at least 30 weeks in duration), you will apply the knowledge you have gained from the taught elements of the programme, develop a deeper understanding of technical issues from work-related projects, understand the commercial and technical aspects of the sector, and reflect on your developing professional knowledge and skills.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

This module provides you with the opportunity to experience working in a similar role as a graduate engineer.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • Current practice and new developments within the industry.
  • A deeper understanding of technical issues from work-related projects.
  • The business practices of your host organisation.
  • Undertaking and applying engineering knowledge to tasks and project work under supervision.
  • The skills required to work within an organisational context.
  • Common organisational requirements, e.g. the ability to communicate effectively at the appropriate level, time management appreciation, the advantages and disadvantages of working in a team.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Evaluate information from projects.
  • Analyse and interpret the findings.
  • Review and synthesize professional and technical issues.
  • Exercise professional judgement in a working context.
  • Apply appropriate theories, concepts, methods etc. in unfamiliar situations.
  • Evaluate the development of your skills, attributes and behaviours over the course of the Industrial Placement Year.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Study and learn independently, solve problems systematically.
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Be aware of the new and developing technologies key to the future of your industry.
  • Identify areas for personal and career development and how these can be addressed.
  • Apply engineering techniques taking account of commercial and industrial constraints.
  • Understand the importance of health and safety in an engineering environment.
  • Understand the different roles within a team and have the ability to exercise leadership.
  • Appreciate the relationship between design and construction in civil engineering.
  • Carry out engineering tasks to professional standards.
  • Demonstrate effective understanding of time management and project management skills.
  • Evidence continuous professional development by the use of a personal learning log.


Within your work placement you will apply knowledge you have gained from the taught elements of the programme. The nature of your experience will depend on the company you are working for and the Programme within engineering that you are enrolled on. You will be applying engineering concepts, developing some concepts further through project-based work, and developing your expertise as a reflective practitioner.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

During your Industrial Placement Year you will fulfil the role of a trainee engineer and work full-time for a period of a minimum of 30 weeks. You will be allocated an industrial mentor at your placement, who will be responsible for the quality of your day to day learning experience. However, the responsibility for your learning and development whilst on placement rests with the University. Depending on how your placement has been arranged (refer to Industrial Placement Year Handbook), either your Personal Academic Tutor (or his/her delegate) from the University of Southampton or a representative from the Industrial Placement Year Office will monitor your progress during the placement period, which may involve visits to your work place and/or a video conferences, and liaise with both you and your industrial mentor. The Industrial Placement Year Report (see also Industrial Placement Year Handbook) should be related to projects in which you have played a significant role during your placement. At the start of your placement you should formulate a learning plan in conjunction with your Personal Academic Tutor and your industrial mentor, taking into account the expected learning outcomes. In accordance with this learning plan, you will show evidence in your report of the learning outcomes that were weighted high in your learning plan. Outcomes weighted low and medium in your learning plan should also be covered, but to a lesser extent. You should describe the distinctive aspects of your placement and demonstrate your understanding of the technical aspects of your work. In addition, you should indicate your role in the work described and show where you have exercised independent engineering and professional judgment (e.g. by using the STAR method – Situation, Task, Action, Result) The final section of the report should contain a reflective summary of how you think you have developed during the placement.

Completion of assessment task24
Wider reading or practice10
Placement Hours1050
Total study time1084

Resources & Reading list

There are no generic resources for this module.. However, the following may be useful background prior to the Industrial placement Year:


Assessment Strategy

The Report will be marked on the 100 point scale against the published assessment criteria (see Placement Handbook) and a mark of at least 40 must be achieved to pass. The mark for your Report will be included on your degree transcript. The Presentation will be assessed against the published criteria (see Placement Handbook) but no numerical mark will be awarded. Note that both elements of assessment must be passed to pass this module. No repeat year permitted. Students who do not pass after referral have an option to transfer to the non-placement year version of the equivalent programme .


MethodPercentage contribution
Presentation 20%
Report  (3500 words) 80%


MethodPercentage contribution
Presentation 20%
Report 80%

Linked modules

Pre-requisite - must pass Part II of all programmes before IPY is possible.


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:

Accommodation and Travel

You will need to find your own accommodation near to the place of work and are responsible for travel and subsistence 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

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