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PLAC8009 - Professional Work Placement

Title:Professional Work Placement
Long Title:Professional Work Placement
Module Code:PLAC8009
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 15
NFQ Level:Advanced
Field of Study: Chemical & Process Eng
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2019/20 ( September 2019 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: NIALL MORRIS
Module Description: The learner will undertake a 15 credit work placement. The placement will provide the student with an opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge gained on their programme and the integration of engineering, scientific, and other disciplines in a commercial operation. The placement is supported by a member of departmental staff together with a workplace mentor. The aim of the placement is to introduce the learner to structured employment in a relevant work sector and to develop in the learner an understanding of the organisation, its procedures, technology and engineering practices.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Critically analyse the enterprise, its culture and organisation.
LO2 Apply professional practice within the workplace in relation to technical and managerial issues.
LO3 Use and apply interpersonal, leadership and communication skills whilst working alone and in teams.
LO4 Analyse and solve workplace practical problems through the application of understanding, knowledge, skills and competencies.
LO5 Self-evaluate the wider implications of a professional work placement and all continual professional development activities undertaken within the commercial operation.
LO6 Demonstrate the appropriate written/oral communication skills required of the professional practitioner.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named CIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
8544 CHEP8005 Chemical Reactor Engineering
10153 STAT8004 Stats & Experimental Design
10364 CHEP8017 Process Engineering Labs 3
10385 CHEP7009 Process Waste Management
10438 CHEP8015 Process Design
10439 CHEP8013 Product Design
10470 CHEP8023 Chemical Process Safety
10472 CHEP7011 Advanced Transfer Processes
Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
The Enterprise
Business and manufacturing structures and processes, quality assurance systems, health and safety practices, IT systems, interrelationships and interfaces.
Management of Professional Practice: Wider Implications
Identify and implement professional practice with respect to social, environmental, ethical, health, safety, legal, personnel, sustainable, economic, financial and commercial considerations and responsibilities. Evidence of ethical decision making.
Interpersonal Management and Leadership
Managing interpersonal relationships covering conflict, conflict prevention and resolution. Demonstrating leadership and initiative and delivering on individual responsibility for adoption/development/improvement of a system.
Personal Development
Undertaking professional development (technical and soft skills training) and enhancing professional competencies.
Problem Solving
Defining and analysis of work-related practical problems and suggestions of appropriate, creative and innovative solutions.
Teamwork and Communication
Function as a proactive member in a group. Developing effective communication tools to deliver within a team environment.
Application of Learning in the Professional Work Placement
Application of learning achieved in CIT (structured) and also within the enterprise (experiential). Continual professional development activities. Self evaluation of progress with respect to professional practice.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Reflective Journal Written reflection in journal format on activities, personal development and learnings during professional work placement. 2,3,4 15.0 Every Second Week
Critique Critique covering the enterprise, professional practice, personal development, team work and applications of learning over the professional placement period. 1,2,3,4,5,6 30.0 Week 3
Written Report Application of engineering competencies and skills with evidence of commitment to professional and ethical conduct. Awareness of the wider implications of the professional work placement undertaken by the learner. 2,3,4,5,6 55.0 Week 9
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Directed Learning Professional work placement 20.5 Every Week 20.50
Lecturer-Supervised Learning (Contact) Placement assessment 0.5 Every Week 0.50
Total Hours 21.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 21.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 0.50
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Fogler, H. Scott; LeBlanc, Steven E 2014, Strategies for creative problem solving, 3rd Ed., Prentice Hall NJ, USA [ISBN: 9780133091663]
  • Warren D. Seider, J.D. Seader, Daniel R. Lewin, Soemantri Widagdo 2010, Product and Process Design Principles: Synthesis, Analysis and Design, 3rd Ed., John Wiley and Sons USA [ISBN: 9780447041444]
  • Louvar, J.F. 2011, Chemical Process Safety: Fundamentals with Applications, 3 Ed., 14, Prentice Hall New Jersey [ISBN: 9780131382268]
  • Brooks, I. 2009, Organisational Behaviour: Individuals Groups and Organisations, 4 Ed., 10, Prentice Hall England [ISBN: 0273715364]
  • Parker, G.M. 2008, Team Players and Teamwork: New Strategies for Developing Succesful Colllaboration, 2 Ed., 9, Jossey-Bass San Francisco [ISBN: 0787998117]
  • Christine Fanthome 2004, Work Placements: A Survival Guide for Students, 1 Ed., 11, Palgrave Macmillan Hampshire [ISBN: 1403934347]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Yate, J.M. 2014, Great Answers to Tough Interview Questions, 9 Ed., 21, Kogan Page [ISBN: 074947145X]
  • Crawford, J.B. 2004, What Not To Do When Seeking Employment, 1 Ed., 11, Authorhouse Bloomington, Indiana [ISBN: 1418423491]
  • Innes, J. 2012, The CV Book: Your Definitive Guide to Writing the Perfect CV, 2 Ed., 27, Pearson Harlow, Essex [ISBN: 0273776584]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_ECPEN_8 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Chemical and Biopharmaceutical Engineering 7 Mandatory

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