AGRI07005 2016 Work Placement in Agri-Food Sector

General Details

Full Title
Work Placement in Agri-Food Sector
Transcript Title
Work Placement
N/A %
Subject Area
AGRI - Agriculture
ESCI - Environmental Science
07 - NFQ Level 7
20 - 20 Credits
Start Term
2016 - Full Academic Year 2016-17
End Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
Cait Coyle, Uma Tiwari, Jerry Bird
Programme Membership
SG_SAGRI_H08 201600 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Science in Agri-Food Science SG_SAGRI_B07 201800 Bachelor of Science in Science in Agri-Food Science SG_SAGRI_H08 201800 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Science in Agri-Food Science

This module aims to provide an opportunity for the student to undertake a placement in a work or research environment relating to the agri-food sector. The placement should be for a period of 5-7 months duration. This work experience will complement their previous learning and develop their professional competencies and prepare them for employment in the sector.



Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Demonstrate professional competence in the workplace.


Apply knowledge based theory and skills acquired in their educational environment to practical situations in the work environment.


Propose and defend solutions to workplace based problems.


Accept responsibility for the work of self and others.


Establish a foundation of continuing professional development in preparation for full time employment.


Recognise and develop future career opportunities.


Maintain detailed records of work experience, and reflect on skills and workplace experience.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Self‑directed learning from the students will be expected in the workplace in accordance with guidlines issued to the host company by the course programme. Students will become familiar with the specific work practices and roles required in the Agri-Food industry. 

Module Assessment Strategies

Student evaluation during the off‑campus work placement consists of employer assessment and student self‑assessment, and reflection on practice through logs and an interview on location. Due to the varying nature of student placements, direct comparison can be very complex. Student assessment for this module will be on a pass/fail. Students will be assessed on consideration of the work experience offered, student effort and autonomy, and placement co‑ordinator evaluation including an on‑site interview with student and feedback from the employer. Students are required to complete a report and give a presentation to their peer group on their work placment.

Repeat Assessments

Students who do not meet the requirements of the module to a satisfactory standard will be required to repeat the module. 

Indicative Syllabus

The placement experience will involve development and application of key generic skills for the workplace including communication, self-motivation, leadership, interpersonal skills and team work. Specific skills and experience will vary depending on the nature of the placement but will be specific to the Agri-Food sector including areas in food processing, production, product development, nutrition, quality, food analysis, research, health and safety, etc.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 On-site assessment by academic staff member Continuous Assessment Assessment 20 % Any 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
2 Student work placement report Continuous Assessment Written Report 20 % End of Term 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
3 Student reflection, log book and self evaluation Continuous Assessment Assessment 40 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
4 Post work placement presentation Continuous Assessment Assessment 20 % End of Term 1,2,3,4,5,6,7

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Site Visit Offsite Placement co ordinator interview with student 1.5 Once Per Module 0.10
Independent Learning Not Specified Student log book, report and reflection 3 Weekly 3.00
Seminar Not Specified Presentation 0.5 Once Per Module 0.03
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 0.13 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Fanthome C. (2004) Work Placements ‑ A Survival Guide for Students . London: Palgrave McMillan Ltd. Neugebauer J. & Evans‑Brain J. (2009) Making the most of your placement. London: SAGE Publications Ltd.

Course Guideline Notes relating to Industrial Placement Assignment.

Guidance document for host employer.

URL Resources‑hub/support‑services/

Other Resources


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