ANSC30230 Professional Work Experience

Academic Year 2021/2022

Professional Work Experience is a central part of the Animal Science-Equine programme, permitting advancement of your knowledge and skills within the equine industry. As well as contributing to your degree, PWE will make a valuable contribution to developing the skills required for the workplace. Regardless of your current equine interests or background, it should be seen as a valuable opportunity to broaden your knowledge of the international equine industry and to develop important relationships with potential future employers and colleagues at home and abroad. It is highly recommended that part, or all, of your PWE placement is spent on a stud/breeding farm. It is also recommended that students use their work experience within the equine industry as an opportunity to generate ideas and questions that they may wish to address in their Equine Science Project during Stage 4. Specific assessment guidelines for Equine PWE are available on Blackboard to registered students.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 co-ordinator.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to:Collect, analyse and report information on Equine enterprises/organisations.Describe the business organization and the responsibilities of key operatives in the enterprises/organizations in which they were located;In addition, students will have an opportunity to develop important teamwork, interpersonal and self management transferable skills such as:Working independently in unfamiliar situations;Effective time management;Accounting for their actions and decisions;Critically reflecting on their experiences;Identification and development of possible sources of employment;Improving cultural/international awareness.

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




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Approaches to teaching and learning for this module include active/task-based learning; critical writing and reflective learning. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
RDEV20140 - Health, Welfare & Safety

ANSC30210 - Equine Industries

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: Students will complete a PWE report. Employer feedback on each student will be elicited.
Students will have a 20 min oral interview based on the report and their on-the-job learning.
Varies over the Trimester n/a Other Yes


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Self-assessment activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback is provided to students at the end of the oral assessment on their PWE Report and comments from employer. Students self-assess on changes in pre- and post- PWE placement professional skills development and include a written reflection on four key professional skills and how they developed as part of the submitted PWE report portfolio.

Name Role
Dr Sinéad Flannery Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 1, 2, 3, 9, 11 Wed 12:00 - 12:50