WORK08019 2019 Work Placement

General Details

Full Title
Work Placement
Transcript Title
Work Placement
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Subject Area
WORK - Work Placement
MEMA - Mech and Manufact Eng
08 - NFQ Level 8
20 - 20 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Molua Donohoe, Sean Dalton, Marion McAfee, Mary Nolan, Xavier Velay
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

The work-placement/ internship component is an integral part of the academic programme. The aims of the component are to: Offer the student the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills gained throughout the course in a relevant work-place setting; Facilitate the student in developing the practical competencies and communication skills necessary to function as an effective team member in the work environment.

Where it is not possible to secure a work placement for a student, an alternative of an industry related project will be available addressing the same learning outcomes.

Learning Outcomes

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


Contextualise the knowledge gained in the programme in an area relevant a selected area of interest.


Describe the organisation of the host company/organisation and his/her role within it.


Describe the operational practices within the host enterprise


Apply the practical skills acquired on the academic programme within the workplace.


Work as a member of a team and have developed appropriate communication and interpersonal skills. 


Understand and behave ethically in a range of work settings.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This work placement will involve placing the student for approximately six months in a company in industry.Students will deliver presentation of work placement to lecturers as well as submitting a diary and written report.


Module Assessment Strategies

The students are assessed on the basis of their performance and communications from the Work Placement. There will be a visit from IT Sligo also.

Repeat Assessments

Resubmission of failing elements of the assessment,  and/or Repeat Placement.

Indicative Syllabus

  1. Work placement, minimum 6 months duration
  2. Maintenance of diary for the duration of the work placement
  3. Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the engineer’s role in society and the need for the highest ethical and professional standards of practice, including issues of sustainability and the environment, health, safety, cultural and legal responsibilities.
  4.  Presentation of work experience in written report
  5. Attendance on 1-2 site visits to industries / organisations 

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 IT Sligo Assessment Practical Interview 30 % Any 1,2,3,4,5,6
2 Company Assessment Practical Interview 20 % Any 1,2,3,4,5,6
3 Work Placement Report Practical Written Report 30 % End of Semester 1,2,3,4,5,6
4 Logs : Diary of Placement Continuous Assessment Assessment 20 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5,6

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Independent Learning Offsite Work Placement Learning 840 Once Per Module 56.00
Directed Learning Online Weekly updates (weekly logs, reports, presentations) .25 Weekly 0.25
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 0.25 Hours

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Site Visit Offsite Site Visit 4.5 Once Per Semester 0.30
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 0.30 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2004-08-24 Work Placements - A Survival Guide for Students Red Globe Press
ISBN 1403934347 ISBN-13 9781403934345

This book is an essential guide for students contemplating or embarking upon work placements. Using comments from students, employers and tutors, it includes guidelines on how to find an appropriate placement; audit skills; construct a strong CV and application; prepare for an interview and derive maximum benefit from the work placement experience. The book identifies common problems facing students, together with remedial strategies, and offers suggestions for tackling written and oral assignments. Finally, it shows how to create and implement a successful job-search strategy.

Required Reading
2015-01-22 Skills for Success Red Globe Press
ISBN 1137426527 ISBN-13 9781137426529

Whatever stage your students are at, its never too soon for them to be thinking about their future. Competition for jobs is fierce, and having a degree is no longer enough. This indispensable guide helps students to create their own personal development programme and develop the skills and capabilities required by todays employers. Step by step, it takes students from the initial stages of setting goals and defining success through to the application process for their dream job. Internationally acclaimed study skills author Stella Cottrell provides students with the ingredients they need to create their own recipe for success. This versatile resource is ideal for students on personal development modules from foundation through to postgraduate level. It can also be used independently by students from all disciplines.

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