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MANG2063 Business Placement

Module Overview

Employers appreciate the skills and knowledge that graduates bring to organisations from academic study. However, employers increasingly value graduates who have undertaken a substantial placement as part of their degree. A structured placement provides students with the opportunity to develop their business skills and to gain valuable work experience in their degree, which ensures that graduates with a placement are better prepared for work beyond the University. This module not only provides opportunities for a placement, but it prepares students for selecting, applying, and working in a placement. It also provides support with a dedicated Placement Advisor, and ensures that students consider their future professional development needs and career path.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

to provide you with the opportunity to undertake a placement in a professional organisation. It aims to equip and prepare you in selecting an appropriate placement organisation and to prepare you for applying and working in a professional environment. You will undertake tasks to identify your career development needs and to analyse your improved performance through the placement. This will prepare you for work beyond your placement and your degree. The aim is that you will also gain valuable work experience and learning opportunities in commercial contexts to enable you to make connections between academic theory and ‘real world’ practice. In addition to this, you will be able to enhance your professional knowledge and skills, to enhance your future employability prospects.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • contemporary business issues relevant to your degree programme;
  • how to apply theoretical knowledge into a ‘real world context’;
  • critically reflect on personal performance and professional development.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • perform research and analysis in a commercial context;
  • apply problem solving skills in a business environment.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • engage with jobs/processes not easily achievable in an academic institution e.g. latest technology, work behaviour etc.;
  • work independently and as part of a team in a professional organisation;
  • appreciate the atmosphere and pace of industrial practice.


You will be supported in preparation for your placement in Parts 1 and 2 through an additional series of lectures and seminars, and an online placement preparation course. These classes will prepare you in applying for a placement and in working effectively in your chosen organisation. Due to the wide variety of experiences gained on a placement, each experience will be different, but the module content overall will include: • Choosing an appropriate placement • Preparation of an individual employability portfolio • Making placement applications • Development of a personal development plan • Teamwork • Negotiation skills • Communication skills • Problem solving skills • Workload management • Utilising constructive criticism • Ethics and responsibility in the workplace • Placement • Collecting relevant material to inform the reflective learning report • Post-placement reflective seminar

Special Features

This programme requires you to work in an organisation as part of a placement. The placement will enable you to gain valuable work experience, while helping you to bridge the gap of understanding between academic theories and ‘real world’ practice. Completion of the placement is an essential part of this programme. You will need to pass the first item of module assessment before commencing with the placement. It is important to note that if you do not pass your placement year, you cannot repeat it, and will be subsequently transferred to the 3-year programme. During your degree, you will be provided with specialist support to prepare you for your placement year. You will receive advice and training in preparing your CV and making applications, in addition to selection procedures and business skills. These activities will take place in Parts 1 and 2. This will assist you in successfully gaining a placement, while helping you to enhance skills which will also support you in the workplace. You will be allocated a Placement Advisor who will be your main point of contact during your placement and will offer you advice throughout the year. Academic staff will also support you in the preparation of the final item of summative assessment. You will have at least two meetings (at least one face-to-face where possible, or conference call, if overseas) with your Advisor during your placement to check on your progress and to ensure that the placement is running smoothly for both you and your manager. During the placement you are able to contact your Advisor who will be available in standard office hours. When you start your placement, your employer will be asked to nominate someone to act as your Workplace Supervisor. Workplace supervisors are usually line managers – the person who will be involved on a day to day basis. You may also have a mentor or a task manager who could be a recent graduate or another junior member of staff to support you. You may also be asked to return to the University for one day during your placement for the “Placements Conference”. This will be an opportunity to reflect on the progress you have made, to share best practice and inform future placement students of your achievements. You may also use this as an opportunity to discuss module choices for the final year and dissertation arrangements with staff. If you have a specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia or, another disability, or long-term health condition, we will work with Enabling Services to assess your requirements, and make every effort to find you a suitable placement. Under the Equality Act 2010, employers are required to make reasonable adjustments to both the recruitment process and the workplace, so that disabled people are not at a disadvantage. If appropriate, and following the advice of Enabling Services, we will be flexible in the type and duration of the placement deemed to meet the programme requirements.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include: • Lectures • Seminars • Online course • Visiting speakers • Private study through employability portfolio development • Mentoring from Workplace Supervisor Learning activities include: • Development of individual employability portfolio • Critical reflection on personal workplace performance • Development of employability skills • Advancement of critical thinking through business practice • Placement • Enhancement of communication skills in a business context

Completion of assessment task40
Wider reading or practice30
Preparation for scheduled sessions12
Follow-up work50
Placement Hours1120
Project supervision2
Total study time1270

Resources & Reading list

On-line Resources. On-line Resources Up-to date resources can be found on and a dedicated online jobs portal. The placement module is a practically-orientated course. You will be directed to relevant resources and materials in preparatory classes and the online course to assist you in the development of your employability portfolio and reflective learning portfolio. You will be provided with a placement handbook and a blackboard site.





MethodPercentage contribution
Report  (3000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Report  (3000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


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:


Recommended texts for this module may be available in limited supply in the University Library and students may wish to purchase the mandatory/additional reading text as appropriate.

Travel Costs for placements

Costs may include travel expenses to and from the placement, as well as expenditure to obtain professional and appropriate work attire. Your placement organisation may provide you with an income, but you will need to ensure that these monies are suitable to cover accommodation and living costs. You should note that you will be charged a placement year fee, even though you will not be attending the University for classes. The placement fee is lower than the usual annual University charge and covers the additional preparation, support and assessment of the year. You will also be required to cover your own expenses to return to the University for the Placements Conference.

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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