Workplace Learning

Module titleWorkplace Learning
Module codePSY1208
Academic year2018/9
Module staff

Dr Hazel Mycroft (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks



Number students taking module (anticipated)


Description - summary of the module content

Module description

All students are encouraged to pursue work experience during their time at university; it adds an invaluable element to your CV and enhances your employability skills. The module is structured so you have a mixture of interactive lectures and workshops in conjunction with the mini placement and finally written and oral assignments.

Both the lectures and workshops are designed to enhance your employability by assessing your current skills and developing further skill competencies. You are expected to prepare for some sessions and workshops in advance.

There will be departmental and careers service support for those taking this module. However, in order to be eligible, you will be required to find a placement or job for yourself. You will also have to be registered for the Exeter Award and My Career Zone (www.mycareerzone/

Module aims - intentions of the module

The module will give you an opportunity to link your academic study with work experience, enhancing your employability while also delivering assessed coursework in the shape of a written report reflecting on your work experience.

Although it is up to you to find, apply for and secure your own work experience opportunities, we have some departmental contacts and the Module Convenor will be on hand to offer support and advice.

Individual work opportunities, whether paid or unpaid, must be agreed with the module leader before you can proceed. All necessary paperwork (placement agreement, insurance and health and safety forms) must be completed before you engage in any placement. In recognition of the fact that not all psychology graduates will go on to work as psychologists, the work opportunity you identify does not have to be directly related to psychology.

There will be three pieces of written assessment for this module:

  • A cover letter and mock interview. You will have the choice of four different jobs vacancies. You must choose one and write a cover letter. You will attend a ‘mock-interview’ based on this job vacancy. This assessment will allow you to practice how to make a professional impact via written communication in the form of the cover letter. It will also be invaluable experience of a job interview.
  • A research proposal in which you outline a potential research project that relates to your area of work experience. The aim is to use the knowledge you have acquired from your work experience to identify a particular issue and then outline a plan for a psychological study designed to further explore this issue. Note that you will not be required to carry out this study, only to write the proposal.
  • A reflective diary focusing on the skills, knowledge and experience you have gained throughout your period of work experience, relating back to the personal development plan you wrote at the outset of the module.

Eligibility for the module is dependent on your employer signing the work placement diary (which is included in the Student handbook and available on ELE).

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. With some guidance, identify and secure appropriate work experience
  • 2. Prepare a graduate level cover letter and with the mock interview, enhance your preparation for future job hunting, employability and career development.
  • 3. Describe your role within the organisation as well as the various internal and external factors (legal frameworks, regulations etc.) which govern that organisation
  • 4. Relate your work experience to the skills and experience you are gaining in your degree
  • 5. Apply knowledge to a work situation in a task or problem-solving context
  • 6. Reflect on your learning during the work experience

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 7. Describe your learning process and reflect on some key issues arising from the workplace

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 8. Communicate ideas and arguments through written presentation
  • 9. Collect information for yourself, managing information and selecting appropriate data and research strategies
  • 10. Focus on issues and assess priorities, taking responsibility for your own learning with minimal direction
  • 11. Produce information to make you attractive to future employers
  • 12. Manage time and resources to achieve the aims of the module

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan

The introductory sessions will be held during Term 1. These sessions will cover:

  • Introduction to the module
  • Identifying work placements – what’s appropriate?
  • What makes a good presentation?
  • How to ‘sell’ your skills and experience to an employer

Work experience should take place during Term 1 and 2. The review sessions are timetabled throughout Term 1 and 2 in advance of the assessment submission deadlines and will provide key support and guidance for the assessments. The graduate attributes relevant to students of Psychology will be described during these sessions and you will be encouraged to reflect on your own development and application of these in the workplace.

Learning and teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching6Lectures covering introduction to module, expert careers talks from industry and team building exercise with reflective group work, session on how to find and carry out work experience (6 x 1 hour)
Scheduled Learning and Teaching3Tutorials covering reflexive practice, assessments and placements, and review of progress (3 x 1 hour)
Scheduled Learning and Teaching3Placement drop in sessions: placement drop-in sessions in WSL121 which will be for one-to-one support in finding/arranging placements
Guided independent study88Researching suitable work opportunities, research on the relevant organisation, and your role within it. Guided development of written report skills.
Placement50Suitable work experience approved by the module convenor


Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Host evaluationPerformance during work placement 1-4, 6, 9-10 Oral

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Research proposal251000 words3-5, 8-12Written, oral
Cover letter20500 words2, 4-5, 8, 10-12Written
Mock interview3020 minutes2, 4-5, 7-8Oral
Reflective diary251000 words2-12Written, oral


Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Research proposalResearch proposal3-5, 8-12Deadline to be set in August of year of assessment
Cover letterCover letter2, 4-5, 8, 10-12Deadline to be set in August of year of assessment
Mock interviewMock interview2, 4-5, 7-8Deadline to be set in August of year of assessment
Reflective diaryReflective diary2-12Deadline to be set in August of year of assessment

Re-assessment notes

Two assessments are required for this module. Where you have been referred/deferred in any assessment you will have the opportunity to resubmit in the August/September re-assessment period. If you are successful on referral, your overall module mark will be capped at 40%; deferred marks are not capped.


Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

  • Moon, Jennifer A (2004), A handbook of reflective and experiential learning: theory and practice, London Routledge.
  • Neugebauer, John and Evans-Brain, Jane (2009). Making the most of your placement, London: SAGE

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

  • ELE page – URL (The module ELE page will contain information about the module assessments


Module has an active ELE page

Indicative learning resources - Other resources

Finding work:

There is a lot of information on the University’s Careers and Employability Service (CES) webpages about careers and the help that can provide, as well as job opportunities at:

There are also numerous other websites which advertise internships, placements and other work opportunities:

You may also want to join the Exeter Psychology Alumni LinkedIn group, which includes hundreds of graduate students from our Psychology programmes who may be able to advise you about what work might be available. However, please bear in mind that they will not be able to find you graduate work, as this requires a degree, but they may be able to offer some guidance:

Other topics:

Further CES general guidance is available on specific topics, as follows:

  • Careers and Employment Service Guide– available from CES
  • Your Job is online - DVD available at CES
  • Looking Good on Paper - DVD available at CES
  • Making an Impact - DVD available at CES

Personal development

CVs and Making Applications



The changing workplace

Students at Work (University of Warwick video)

Key words search

Employability, work experience, team building, placement, organisational psychology, personal development

Credit value15
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