WORK08011 2020 Work Placement Preparation

General Details

Full Title
Work Placement Preparation
Transcript Title
Work Placement Preparation
N/A %
Subject Area
WORK - Work Placement
MENG - Mech. and Electronic Eng.
08 - NFQ Level 8
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2020 - Full Academic Year 2020-21
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Michael Moffatt
Programme Membership
SG_EMECH_H08 202000 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering SG_EELEC_H08 202000 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Electronics and Self Driving Technologies SG_EROBO_H08 202000 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Robotics and Automation

This module will involve preparation for the Work Placement modules and will address relevant industry standard and codes of practice. Students will identify gaps in personal knowledge and skills, devise personal career development plans and prepare for Continued Professional Development.

Learning Outcomes

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


Identify gaps in personal knowledge and devise a personalised career development plan.


Outline the role that professional engineers play in the context of organisational teams, reporting structures, management practices and leadership styles.


Interpret the requirements of various industry standards in precision engineering and manufacturing industry.


Generate engineering documentation that reflect best practice.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Lecture - 1 hour per week

Module Assessment Strategies

Continuous Assessment - 50%

Final Examination - 50%

Repeat Assessments

Repeat examination and/or repeat assignment(s)

Indicative Syllabus

Career Development:

Self-directed Continuing Professional Development. Case studies, consultations, coaching, mentoring and reflective supervision. Aptitude tests and psychometric tests. Lifelong learning. Learning environments and educational technologies. Personal resume, professional qualifications statement or curriculum vitae.

Role of Engineer:

Professional bodies. Ethical responsibilities. Social, environmental, sustainability and commercial considerations. Risk based thinking. Team roles and development. Team work, group dynamics and leadership styles. Reporting structures. Interactions between engineering and other disciplines. Respective functions of technicians, technologists and engineers. Legal requirement frameworks governing personnel, environment, health, safety and risk issues.

Industry Standards:

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.


Technical report writing, professional presentations. Literature search and review. Abstracts and executive summaries. Synthesising of work. Communication tools. Effective communication. Documentation control, preventative and corrective action. Examples of user requirement specifications, technical documentation requirements and validation requirement. Operating procedures.


Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
50 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
50 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Continuous Assessment Continuous Assessment Assignment 50 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Final Exam Closed Book Exam 50 % End of Semester 1,2,3,4

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Flat Classroom Lecture 1 Weekly 1.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 1.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Christine Fanthome, 2004 Work Placements: A Survival Guide for Students (Palgrave Study Guides) Palgrave Macmillan ISBN-10 1403934347, ISBN-13 9781403934345.

Trevor M. Young, 2005 Technical Writing A-Z: A Commonsense Guide to Engineering Reports and Theses ASME Press ISBN-10 0791802361, ISBN-13 9780791802366.