BSEN40230 ME Professional Work Experience

Academic Year 2023/2024

The opportunity of a professional work placement experience is offered to students for approximately a 30-week period. The aim of this module is to give students the opportunity to gain on-the-job experience in industry or business. Work placement opportunities are sourced in relevant engineering companies. Students make application for these placements and may be offered interviews by the placement providers. Students may alternatively recommend a placement provider for approval by the Programme Board. Overseas placements are also permitted. A member of the academic staff will be appointed as academic supervisor to liaise with the student during the period of their work placement. The placement provider will nominate a sponsor within the organisation to oversee the placement. A programme of work will be agreed between the academic supervisor and the sponsor, to ensure that students can meet the learning outcomes associated with this module using the opportunities that are available during the scheduled period of placement. The supervisor will maintain regular contact with the student, and the student's sponsor, throughout the work placement period. Special arrangements for supervision apply in the case of students on placement overseas. Attendance requirements are agreed in consultation with the student, supervisor and sponsor and may in certain cases exceed the minimum requirements for satisfying the module. Assessment of the module involves a diary, an oral examination, and final reports from both the student and the sponsor. The module will be assessed as Pass/Fail. Successful completion of the module will result in a module grade P which will be grade point neutral. An unsuccessful attempt at the module will be awarded an F or and NG giving a grade point of 1.0 or 0 respectively. Failure to meet the learning outcomes associated with this module represents grounds for failure. Remediation of failure will be discussed with the module co-ordinator. All aspects of the placement will be managed in accordance with the UCD policy document 'Work Placement / Practice Experience Guidelines & Good Practice', 12th April 2007, Version 1.4 or later.

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Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should have:
• acquired some knowledge and understanding of some engineering materials, processes and components relevant to their work area;
• acquired some knowledge and understanding of related developing technologies and how they might impinge upon their work area;
• developed possible skills in integrating knowledge, handling complexity and formulating judgements with incomplete or limited information;
• developed possible skills in applying and where necessary adapting software tools and quantitative methods to solve problems;
• developed possible skills in applying design methods to unfamiliar, ill-defined problems, possibly involving other disciplines;
• developed possible skills in identifying constraints including environmental and sustainability limitations, health, safety and risk assessment issues;
• developed possible skills in redesigning existing products, processes or systems or develop novel products, processes or systems in order to improve productivity, quality, safety or other desired features;
• developed possible skills in critically evaluating current problems and new engineering insights;
• developed possible skills in incorporating aspects of engineering outside their own discipline and work with experts in other fields;
• developed possible skills in reflecting on social and ethical responsibilities linked to the application of their knowledge and judgements;
• acquired some knowledge and understanding of the social, environmental, ethical, economic, financial, institutional, sustainable and commercial considerations affecting the exercise of their work;
• acquired some knowledge and understanding of the health, safety, cultural and legal issues and responsibilities of engineering practice, and the impact of engineering solutions in a societal and environmental context;
• acquired some knowledge, understanding and commitment to the framework of relevant legal requirements governing engineering activities, including personnel, environmental, health, safety and risk issues;
• developed possible skills in recognising and making use of the interactions between the engineering technologies and the technologies associated with other disciplines and professions;
• acquired some knowledge and understanding of the respective functions of technicians, technologists and engineers and how they together constitute a project team;
• acquired some knowledge and understanding of concepts from a range of areas outside engineering;
• acquired some knowledge of the impact of their work on the costs of a project;
• developed skills in writing technical reports, and synthesising their own work and that of others.

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




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This module is about learning in the workplace. This can vary a lot depending on the specific placement. Consequently students should direct their own learning in conjunction with their employer supervisor. Student should keep a diary that summarizes what they are learning as they go along and also write up a report at the end. Each student will be interviewed by the module coordinator at the end of the placement. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Diary, student and employer reports, oral Varies over the Trimester n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale Yes


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

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

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Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.

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