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Unit information: Independent Study Work Placement in 2022/23

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Unit name Independent Study Work Placement
Unit code INOV20003
Credit points 10
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Collins
Open unit status Not open
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School/department Centre for Innovation
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Unit Information

This unit aims to provide a structured and supervised opportunity for second-year students to pursue an industrial placement in a professional context, related to Innovation and your core discipline.

Students choose and arrange their own placements (subject to approval by the External Partnerships Manager in the Centre), with support and guidance from the Centre. The Centre has a number of ongoing relationships with organisations that students seeking placements can draw on.

As part of the placement the student will conduct appropriate tasks under the guidance of a nominated mentor from the host organization, and under the supervision of an allocated tutor from the Centre.

Students will be enabled to develop their work experience and establish links with industry and explore wider questions concerning the professional production context in which the student works.

Your learning on this unit

On successful completion of the unit, students will be able to:

1.Plan and effectively carry out appropriate Case Study Research in response to a professional context.

2.Demonstrate the development of their skills and acquisition of practical work experience in a professional setting related to their studies in innovation and entrepreneurship.

3.Demonstrate initiative, by identifying individual judgement opportunities and work responsibly in a professional role, carrying out tasks effectively and/or delivering an agreed project.

4.Demonstrate how their selected industry functions practically, within wider innovation and entrepreneurial contexts.

5.Evaluate their own work in a reflective manner, with reference to academic and professional issues, debates, policies and conventions.

How you will learn

Teaching will be delivered using a blend of synchronous and asynchronous sessions, including in the workplace where possible. Meetings with supervisors will initially be in small tutorial groups, which addressapproaches to the work placement, then individually.

How you will be assessed

  • Mentor's Report Pass/Fail  [ILOs 1 - 5]

Mentor's report logging the activities completed during the 21-hour industrial placement, evaluated by the academic supervisor. A mentor's report form will be clearly structured to address the appropriate ILOs and will include clear and specific criteria. 

  • Case study, 2000 words (100%) [ILOs 1 - 5]

A 2000-word report, which takes the placement as a case study.


  • Industry case study, 4000 words (100%), [ILOs1-5]

To be completed where a placement is not possible.

Students will be required to indicate whether they are following the Case Study Pathway (with placement) or Industry Case Study Pathway (without placement) by a specific date decided by the unit director.

After this date any student without a placement will automatically be placed on the Industry Case Study Pathway.


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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.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

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.