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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

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

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

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