SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 60.00
ECTS Credit Points 30.00
Module Code M3H323616
Module Leader Andrew Cowell
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject SCEBE - School Office
  • A (September start)-B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Successful completion of year 3

Summary of Content

This module aims to develop the student's interpersonal and technical skills whilst studying in an unfamiliar culture and working in a European industrial environment. The placement is divided into two components, a study Trimester and a placement Trimester, where each is approximately four months long. The student enters into a formal learning contract with the University and the exchange partner for the study Trimester and is responsible for applying for and obtaining a placement with an employer in the European country hosting the exchange. The study Trimester will include language, culture and technical courses. Satisfactory completion of the study Trimester and an industrial placement leads to the award of a sandwich degree.


The students will go through a "job hunting" and interview process as a means of obtaining the industrial placement. The exchange partner University can provide some support, for example the services of the Careers department. On commencing the industrial placement the students will work as a junior professional Engineer. He/she will work for example as a Production Engineer, Industrial Engineer Quality Engineer. As the student gains experience, confidence and competence he/she will be given more responsibility. Ultimately the student will become a useful asset for the company.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the student should be able to: Demonstrate the ability to work as part of a team and integrate effectively with colleagues and subordinates.Display an ability to plan and organise time and resources efficiently.Develop a high level of interpersonal skills reflecting maturity, integrity and confidence within the work and a European study environment.Communicate technical and non-technical information effectively in oral and written form through the use of different mechanisms including electronic systems.Evaluate a particular technology or process and apply technical and academic knowledge to its solution.Have a better knowledge of a suitable engineering career. Confidently apply for a professional Engineering post.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The student will be supervised by both an industrial and an academic tutor, and will generally have the support of the international office of the exchange partner. The industrial tutor will supervise the student on a day by day basis. Assessment will take place on the occasion of the academic tutor visits and the submission of a log book. Performance appraisal information is also obtained from the industrial tutor.

Indicative Reading

N Evans (1994), Experiential Learning for All, Cassel A C Baker, P J Jensen, D A Kolb (2002), Conversational Learning: an experiential approach to knowledge creation, Quorum Books

Transferrable Skills

D1 Specialist knowledge and application. D2 Critical thinking and problem solving. D3 Critical analysis. D4 Communication skills, written, oral and listening. D5 Numeracy. D7 Computer literacy. D8 Self-confidence, self-discipline & self-reliance (independent working). D9 Awareness of strengths and weaknesses. D10 Creativity, innovation & independent thinking. D11 Knowledge of international affairs. D12 Appreciating and desiring the need for continuing professional development. D13 Reliability, integrity, honesty and ethical awareness D15 Ability to prioritise tasks and time management (organising and planning work). D16 Interpersonal skills, team working and leadership. D17 Presentation skills. D18 Commercial awareness

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 60.00
Placement 540.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 2 n/a 30.00 35% Coursework 2
Coursework 1 n/a 70.00 35% Log Book