SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3N325605
Module Leader Margie Shields
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject Fashion Marketing
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

This module aims to provide a structured practical experience of work relevant to students' area of study. Students will be encouraged to widen their existing experience by gaining a suitable placement arrangement which presents a challenge to them and which will enable them to develop their existing knowledge and skills. The module offers a means of contextualising and integrating existing knowledge and developing new knowledge and skills that will prepare students for level 4 of their degree programme.


-360b7 Appraisal and selection of suitable organisations for placement. -360b7 Health and safety at work. b7 Employability skills appraisal and development. b7 Effective self-presentation/promotion. b7 Personal development planning and career preparation. b7 Experiential learning Reflective learning.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to: 1. Source suitable work experience arrangement and enter into an appropriate learning contract with a placement provider.2. Develop and practice knowledge, technical and behavioural skills in a professional sector associated with their programme of studies and relate that knowledge and those skills to the prevailing conditions in that sector.3. Exercise autonomy and initiative in relation to some professional activities associated with their programme of study.4. Reflect upon personal strengths and weaknesses and identify opportunities to further develop their skills and behaviours.5. Identify career opportunities for developing a personal career plan.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Seminar workshops and directed reading will provide a structured means of students gaining specific knowledge and skills relevant to sourcing appropriate experience, developing individual learning objectives and reflecting on learning. While working, students will be required to manage aspects of their experiential learning process and optimise self-awareness, commercial knowledge and deepen their understanding of theory and practice in an appropriate environment. Subject to the nature of the opportunity for work experience, it is expected that the duration of the experience will normally be in the region of 15-20 days. This will normally be in trimester B, but with flexibility of engagement to suit the needs of the student and the host organisation.

Indicative Reading

Corfield, R. (2013) 'Successful interview skills: how to prepare, answer tough questions and get your ideal job', 5th edition, Kogan Page. Cottrell. S. (2015) 'Skills for Success: The Personal Development Planning Handbook' 3rd edition, Palgrave Macmillan. Hind, D.W.G (2011) 'Employability Skills', 2nd edition, Business Education. Fanthome, C. (2004) 'Work Placements - A Survival Guide for Students', Palgrave MacMillan. McGee, P. (2006) 'How to write a great CV: discover what interviewers are looking for, focus on your strengths and perfect your presentation' How to Books. Midwinter, D. & Whatmore, T. (2011) 'Positive Placements', Bloomsbury UK. Mills, C (2013) 'You're hired! CV: how to write a brilliant CV', Trotman Publisher. Moon, J. (2004) 'A Handbook of Reflective and Experiential Learning', Taylor & Francis Ltd. Van Emden, J. & Becker, L. (2010) 'Presentation Skills for Students', 2nd edition, Palgrave Macmillan. Websites:

Transferrable Skills

By the end of this module students will have developed the following key areas: -360b7 Effective communication and self-management -360b7 Planning, organising and personal development b7 Transferable work skills relevant to their programme b7 Ability to exercise autonomy, be accountable and work with others b7 Reflection and commercial awareness

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 134.00
Assessment (FT) 50.00
Tutorials (FT) 4.00
Seminars (FT) 12.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 100.00 40% Critical reflection of the process of sourcing, negotiating and undertaking the experience with appraisal of personal development and specific demonstrable contribution within the workplace (3000 words). Submission Week 15