WORK06009 2019 Mechatronics Systems Engineering Work Placement 2

General Details

Full Title
Mechatronics Systems Engineering Work Placement 2
Transcript Title
Mechatronics Systems Engineeri
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Subject Area
WORK - Work Placement
MENG - Mech. and Electronic Eng.
06 - NFQ Level 6
15 - 15 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Brian Mulligan, Paul Ferry
Programme Membership
SG_EMECH_B07 201700 Bachelor of Engineering in Engineering Mechatronics Systems Engineering SG_EMSYS_B07 201900 Bachelor of Engineering in Mechatronic Systems

The aim of this work placement is to

  • further develop the learner's skills in the workplace
  • develop a deeper knowledge of their place of employment.  
  • further develop independent learning skills
  • develop project execution skills

Learning Outcomes

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


Organise their time at work.


Research a specific topic.


Outline their expected early career development within their industry.


Take minutes of meetings.


Outline the legal environment their employer’s business is operating in.


Outline their employer’s documentation system.


Write a report.


Make a presentation


Communicate online within a team.


Carry out specialised tasks as specified by their employer.


Plan and execute a small technical project.


Complete an external self-paced online course.


Reflect on their further learnings within the workplace.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

The student will be given a series of tasks with specific deadlines to be carried out during the module and will have access to learning materials and support documents that can be accessed as required. The student will have access to support both from the IT Sligo Placement supervisor as well as a mentor in their place of employment to support them in carrying out the tasks. The student will also carry out work activities as required by their employer. The student's activity will be monitored through the submission of weekly online journal entries, in which they will reflect on their work and learning, and on which they will be given feedback. Each task will also require a report to be submitted online on which feedback will also be given.

Module Assessment Strategies

The work placement will be continuously assessed through:

  • Weekly reflective learning journals.

  • Submission of reports on all tasks required by the IT Sligo supervisor.

  • Final report from the industry mentor which will include their performance on work-based tasks.

Repeat Assessments

Students who do not achieve a pass mark in the assessment of the workplace may be required to re-submit specified journals and reports. In the event that they do not pass their mentor evaluation they may be given time at work to improve their performance and receive another evaluation.

Indicative Syllabus

  • Personal time and task management

  • Develop an understanding of their career development within the industry they are working in.

  • Minute taking in meetings.

  • Research skills

    • Web and Information Literacy (Use of a browser, search, reliability of sources, citation, web safety and security)

  • Legal environment employer’s business is operating in.

    • E.g. Codes of practice. Industry standards. Current good manufacturing practice. Medical device manufacturing. Automotive product manufacturing. ISO standards. Quality standards. CCE Marking. Machine Directive. Risk management. Health and safety framework.

  • Understanding employer’s documentation systems:

    • Documentation control, preventative and corrective action. Examples of user requirement specifications, technical documentation requirements and validation requirement. Operating procedures.

  • Communication skills

    • General writing skills (online course?)

    • Technical report writing (online course)

    • Presentation skills (online course)

      • Execute a presentation to colleagues

      • ICT skills:

        • Powerpoint (or similar)

    • Team communication

      • Human issues

      • effective email writing

      • IT Systems for distributed teams (e.g. Google Docs / Office 365)

  • Shadow specified co-workers and report on activities to demonstrate an understanding of the work and responsibilities of those co-workers.

  • Carry out employer specified tasks themselves

    • Employer specific training to be provided (minimum 2 days)

  • Mini-project - “Maker space” style - (Raspberry Pi, 3D CAD 3D printing)

  • Learning to Learn:

    • Complete a self-paced Technical Writing course 

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Online Weekly Journal Continuous Assessment Assignment 30 % OnGoing 1,2,10,12,13
2 Mentor Report Continuous Assessment Performance Evaluation 30 % Week 32 1,4,7,8,9,10,11
3 Report on Place of Employment Continuous Assessment Written Report 15 % Week 12 2,3,5,6,7
4 "Maker Space" Project Continuous Assessment Individual Project 15 % Week 28 1,2,7,8,11,12
5 Communication skills Portfolio Continuous Assessment Written Report 10 % Week 9 4,9

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Independent Learning Online Self study 5 Weekly 5.00
Problem Based Learning Not Specified "Maker Space" project 5 Weekly 5.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Employment research project 15 Once Per Semester 1.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 5.00 Hours

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Individual Diary / Log Book Not Specified Reflective Learning 5 Weekly 5.00
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 5.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources


URL Resources
  • Technical writing Course
  • Mozilla Web literacy course:
  • Udemy free Raspberry Pi Maker course:
Other Resources

Raspberry Pi kit