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MANG2067 Placement (SIM)

Module Overview

A period of work placement within a degree programme is often viewed as pivotal in the development of today’s graduates, in the sense that academic disciplines and practical application can be interrelated, and key skills practised and developed. The opportunity for you to apply your knowledge and skills in an industrial setting whilst experiencing the atmosphere and pace of the workplace helps to develop confidence, define future career goals and enhance employability.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

A period of work placement within a degree programme is often viewed as pivotal in the development of today’s graduates, in the sense that academic disciplines and practical application can be interrelated, and key skills practised and developed. The opportunity for you to apply your knowledge and skills in an industrial setting whilst experiencing the atmosphere and pace of the workplace helps to develop confidence, define future career goals and enhance employability.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • The range of theoretical and methodological perspectives adopted within management research, and the nature, scope and efficacy of their application within management practice
  • The concepts and techniques that are required for the effective implementation of the core marketing disciplines in contemporary organisations; and
  • The decisions faced by organisations and the techniques and approaches that support the development of marketing across a broad range of functional areas
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Evaluate, and apply where appropriate, standard management concepts and techniques;
  • Think analytically, reflectively, creatively and logically, drawing on useful approaches developed in a wide range of cognate disciplines
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Communicate ideas and arguments orally and through formal presentations;
  • Work effectively in a team and recognise problems associated with team working;
  • Understand and, where appropriate, undertake leadership skills;
  • Apply themselves to solving complex problems;
  • Manage themselves, time and resources effectively

Syllabus

For your work placement to be a success you need to contribute to the company and learn as much as you can. You can learn by observing how people and organisations work, and you can even learn from mistakes. In addition to your duties as an employee in a specific role you will undertake a project investigating a marketing problem or issue of value and significance to the organisation. This project may be to solve a particular problem the host organisation faces e.g. introduction of a new product, introduction of new marketing technology, developing a social network presence etc. Detailed guidance notes and learning materials are contained within the module handbook.

Special Features

For features such as field trips, information should be included as to how students with special needs will be enabled to benefit from this or an equivalent experience.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

You will be allocated a SIM-based Students Placement Liaison Advisor (Advisor) as soon as possible, usually prior to the start of the academic year.. Your Advisor, who will be your main point of contact for the duration of your placement, will offer advice with respect to your placement in general and action as a point of contact with the University and SIM during your placement.. Your advisor will also visit you during your placement to discuss your progress and development. This visit may be face-to-face, by telephone, or via Skype, depending on the location of your placement. More visits may be possible in situations where students require additional support or advice. All visits must be negotiated directly with your Advisor. In addition to the schedules visits your advisor will be available to offer you help, support and advice throughout your placement year. Throughout your placement, your Advisor will be required to evaluate your performance, considering your contribution to your host organisation and your general management of the year. When you start your placement, your employer may nominate someone to act as your Host Supervisor. Host Supervisors are usually line managers the person who will be responsible for you on a day to day basis. Sometimes, the Host Supervisor will be someone different to your line manager: a team leader, perhaps. Also, it is not unusual to find that you are allocated both a Host Supervisor and a mentor. Mentors are usually the person that you work with most often, or a recent graduate someone who will be able to guide you through work problems and systems and who will offer you advice. If you are allocated a mentor as well as a Host Supervisor, or if your Host Supervisor and line manager is not the same person, you should ensure that both people are invited to meet and discuss your progress when your Advisor visits. Reflective Learning will play an important part in your development during the period of work based learning. Of course you will recall the really memorable events like a particular report you prepared or working with new technology but many of the other aspects you experienced may be forgotten. To make the most of your placement experience take time to stand back, review the things you did and sort them into the different skills, noting those skills you engaged in for the first time and the experiences that helped you develop existing skills.

TypeHours
Placement Hours24
Total study time24

Resources & Reading list

The SIM Internship office work with a number of employers to promote internship opportunities and will be able to offer advice on applications.. 

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Report  ( words) 100%

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

You will be expected to cover accommodation costs for the duration of your placement. If you choose to take a placement outside of Singapore, you may need to pay for adequate insurance to cover both your travel and your work on placement. If you choose to take a placement outside of Singapore you may also need to pay for immunisations and vacinations.. You will be expected to cover travel costs, including the costs of travelling to interviews.

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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