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Unit information: Industrial Placement in 2021/22

Unit name Industrial Placement
Unit code PHYS39002
Credit points 120
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Professor. Fox
Open unit status Not open

Normally 120 credit points of level I/5 Physics units.



School/department School of Physics
Faculty Faculty of Science

Description including Unit Aims

This unit comprises the period BSc students spend in an industrial placement, involving work with a company guided on a day-to-day basis by an industrial supervisor and under the general supervision of an academic supervisor.

Intended Learning Outcomes

The aim of this unit is to provide students with additional knowledge and skills derived from spending a period in industry as well offering an insight into the use of physics and the experience of physicists in a commercial environment. To their knowledge of physics, the industrial placement will add the discipline of time-management, individual responsibility within team-working, an understanding of commercial pressures and entrepreneurial skills. Students will complete an industrial project of equivalent standard to that taken by students of the MSci in Physics programme.

Teaching Information

Students will maintain regular contact with the Department through an academic supervisor but work full-time (35+ hours per week) at an industrial placement under the management of an Industrial supervisor.

Assessment Information

Formative Assessment:

Assessment of the industrial work is on a day-to-day basis by the Industrial supervisor; assessment of placement is by two reports and oral presentations, the first in week 12 and the second by the 31st of July.

Summative Assessment:

The Industrial Project report is due by 31st of July and is assessed by both Academic and Industrial supervisors; an interview is conducted by an Academic panel for moderation.


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.