AERD30180 Professional Work Experience

Academic Year 2021/2022

A substantial work placement in a business or organisation of the type which is likely to provide full-time employment for Food and Agribusiness Management (FAM) graduates. Students may gain work experience right across the agri-food chain and in supporting sectors also. During this time students will carry out commercial activities and will observe and where possible contribute to the process of planning, management and control. They will actively endeavour to develop their inter-personal and communication skills, including report writing and reflection abilities. Students must familiarise themselves with and abide by the regulations for PWE as set out by the Agricultural Sciences Programme Board. For each placement, a host contract must be completed, signed by the host and received by UCD, before the placement will be deemed to have commenced by UCD. Furthermore, placements (and parts thereof) which have been completed in the absence of an appropriately completed host contract will not be accepted. Only in the most exceptional circumstances will any deviation from this requirement be permitted and this must have the agreement, in writing, of the PWE coordinator. Students must complete 30 weeks of Professional Work Experience.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to: Describe the historical trends and outlook for the market in which the business/organisation operates; Describe the scale, growth, product mix, brands and position of the business/organisation; Carry out a SWOT analysis on the business/organisation; Describe the nature of the management and corporate structure in the organisation; Discuss and critique the corporate culture of the business.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Placement/Work Experience




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:

Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

Enrolment in 3rd Year Food and Agribusiness Management degree programme.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
RDEV20140 - Health, Welfare & Safety

Additional Information:
FAM 2-year transfer students will need proof of equivalent prior learning, as agreed on a case-by-case basis with the module coordinator.

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: . Throughout the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
Repeat (CFP) Within Three Semesters
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Not yet recorded.

Name Role
Dr Edel Kelly Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
2 Trimester (Sep-May)
Lecture Offering 50 Week(s) - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 Wed 11:00 - 11:50