General Details

Full Title
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Subject Area
WORK - Work Placement
LIFE - Life Sciences
08 - NFQ Level 8
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2013 - Full Academic Year 2013-14
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Maire McCallion, Azura Youell
Programme Membership
SG_SHEAL_H08 201600 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Science in Health Science and Physical Activity

The 12 week fulltime work placement is also preceeded by a preparatory training block where students experience a range of activities designed to develop skills and confidence for the workplace.

The entire module affords students opportunities to execute and develop key skills and competencies in health promotion and public health practice to facilitate learners to secure work in the area. The module also serves to establish the foundations of a network of contacts in the public health and health promotion arena, and develop the students’ confidence, autonomy and professional competence for a work environment.

Learning Outcomes

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


Self-assess professional competencies and complete a personal curriculum vitae tailored to specific job descriptions.


Represent competently and professionally in an interview situation.


Exhibit workplace specific knowledge and skills in the areas of proposal and report writing.


Demonstrate professional competence in the use of interpersonal skills and effective communication in the workplace.


Apply relevant knowlegde-based theory to practice and apply basic practical skills to the work environment.


Operate professionally and constructively within a multidisciplinary team environment within allocated responsibility demonstrating competence, leadership and autonomy.

Establish a foundation for continuing professional development in preparation for fulltime employment.

Maintain detailed records of work placement activity and reflect on practice.

Teaching and Learning Strategies


Module Assessment Strategies

Due to the many differences between the various work placement opportunities, direct comparison of placements is complex.  Differences between placements exist in terms of work experiences offered, student autonomy afforded at work, level of supervision on placement, level of challenge offered to students and other changing factors, thus this subject is Pass/Fail. 

A number of oppportunities exist for formative assessment and feedback during the preparatory training block e.g. CV preparation and mock interview aswell as in-class tasks.

Student evaluation during the placement block off-campus consists of employer assessment and student self-assessment and reflection on practice through logs and an interview on location.

Repeat Assessments


Module Dependencies


Indicative Syllabus

The preparatory block runs generally to Easter in Semester 8 and includes a variety of specialist training opportunities typically including:

- Self-assessment of knowledge, skills and professional competencies aimed towards;

!CV development and

!Self-representation at interview

- Interpersonal & Communication Skills for the workplace

- Proposal & Report Writing Skills

- Record keeping for work placement activity and reflective practice

- Child Protection Training / Guidelines for working with children & vulnerable adults

- Introduction to Brief Intervention & Motivational Interviewing


Specific skills and competencies are developed in specific placements depending on the nature of the opportunities in any given year.  The mix of skills required is placement specific, while some placements involve the use of research skills predominantly, other placements might require a greater mix of planning and implementation skills.  However the majority of placements involve the development of competencies in communication, leadership and health-related research.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Student feedback regarding task performance during the preparatory block. Formative UNKNOWN - % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5
2 Preparation of a work placement proposal in conjunction with employer prior to commencing placement. Formative UNKNOWN - % Week 9 2,3,4,5
3 On-going feedback from the work placement employer/supervisor during regular meetings on the placement. Formative UNKNOWN - % OnGoing 1,3,4,5,6,7
4 Submission of a final report log reflecting on work placement experiences and personal practice Continuous Assessment Written Report 100 % End of Term 1,3,5,8

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Self Study 2 Weekly 2.00
Workshop Problem Based Learning Room Group Learning / Training 4 Fortnightly 2.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 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.

Healey, J. & Spencer, M. (2008) Surviving your Placement in Health and Social Care: A Student Handbook. New York: McGraw-Hill, Open University Press.


URL Resources
Other Resources


Additional Information

Resources to support the provision of recognised specialist training opportunities and guest speakers for elements of the preparatory block in this module as required are an asset to prepare students for the realities of the world of work.

The allocation of hours to a work placement coordinator across the academic year to arrange and coordinate student placements (in addition to the student contact hours) is pivotal and occurs currently as 1 hour/week for every 10 students to be placed.  The time allocation extends to cover the time required to visit students on-location on placement, an aspect identified as crucial.

A key element in retaining existing employers and recruiting new organisations to facilitate/host placements in health-related areas is linked to face-to-face contact from an IT Sligo representative.  This interaction builds relationships with external organisations by showing on-going interest in and support for the student on placement and the host organisation alike.