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CHEM8016 - Regulatory Industry Placement

Title:Regulatory Industry Placement
Long Title:Regulatory Industry Placement
Module Code:CHEM8016
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:Advanced
Field of Study: Chemistry
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2020/21 ( September 2020 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: Donagh OMahony
Module Author: AMBROSE FUREY
Module Description: The learner will undertake a 10 credit industry placement over a semester. The industry placement will provide the student with an opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge gained on their programme and the integration of their training in quality management systems (QMS), quality system validation (QSV), method validation, Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS), data analytics, data integrity and/or analytical science in a commercially regulated environment. This module seeks to develop the student's skills in communication, team work, quality, applied & analytical sciences and inference of what they have learned and the documentation of this in a reflective journal and final report. 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 total organisation, its departments, its products, its procedures, regulations, technology, quality and scientific practices.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Review and analyse the host company, its H&S policy, its departments, its products, its procedures, quality strategy, organisational culture and managerial ethos.
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 MTU module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

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 Organisation
Business and manufacturing structures and processes, quality assurance systems, health and safety practices, regulations & regulatory agencies, IT systems, interrelationships and interfaces.
Management of Professional Practice: Wider Implications
Identify and implement professional practice with respect to social, environmental, ethical, health, safety, regulatory, legal, personnel, sustainable, economic, environmental, financial and commercial considerations and responsibilities. Evidence of ethical decision making.
Communication & Teamwork
The learner will acquire proficiency in the area of the communication. This will consist of articulating ideas, insights, analysis and policy via meetings, presentations and placement duties. The learner will engage with multi-disciplinary teams and refine skills in the area of relationship and people engagement. This will require an ability to lead and initiate team activity and to take responsibility for teamwork, within the context of the chosen placement.
Application of Learning to the Workplace
The learner will develop the capacity to contribute valuable creative and innovative perspectives and knowledge to develop their placement experience. Programme modules and their content covering communication skills, management and leadership, QMS, QSV, analytical techniques, regulations, data analytics and statistical evaluation will be integrated into the chosen placement.
Personal Development and Initiative
The learner will be required to act autonomously and think independently, to formulate and communicate judgements with incomplete or limited information, to take responsibility for the work of self and others through self-evaluation and the evaluation of others. Both professional individual performance and teamwork with colleagues will be an important aspect of the placement.
Regulatory Knowledge
The learner will focus on developing a strong knowledge of regulatory guidelines and the application of those guidelines within a regulatory environment. All recorded daily/weekly duties, management meetings and learning reflections will be recorded in a reflective journal.
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.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Reflective Journal The learner will be required to record all daily/weekly engagements, activities, project meetings and learning reflections in a reflective journal, related to the placement. Give week by week examples of problem solving, participation, team participation, communication, leadership in the reflective journal. Give examples of key placement attributes connecting with the Prof. Development and Communications & Management and Leadership modules 2,3,4,5 40.0 Every Week
Written Report Interim written report 1,2,3,4,5,6 20.0 Week 6
Written Report Review covering the enterprise, professional practice, personal development, team work and applications of learning over the professional placement period. 1,2,3,4,5,6 20.0 Week 12
Presentation The learner will be required to prepare and deliver a powerpoint presentation on the completed placement illustrating the application of scientific / quality competencies and skills with evidence of commitment to professional and ethical conduct. 6 20.0 Sem End
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
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Placement duties and independent learning 13.5 Every Week 13.50
Lecturer-Supervised Learning (Contact) Mentorship and guidance for the student in the workplace from the academic supervisor 0.5 Every Week 0.50
Total Hours 14.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 14.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 0.50
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Placement duties and independent learning 12.5 Every Week 12.50
Lecturer-Supervised Learning (Contact) Mentorship and guidance for the student in the workplace from the academic supervisor 0.5 Every Week 0.50
Total Hours 13.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 13.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 0.50

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • SinĂ©ad English 2019, CV & Interview 101: How to Apply and Interview for Jobs [ISBN: 978-09575076]
  • Christine Fanthome 2017, Work Placements - A Survival Guide for Students [ISBN: 1403934347, 9]
  • Bossot, B. 2020, Reflective Journal, 3rd Ed., Red Globe Press [ISBN: 1352010291]
  • Innes, J. 2012, The CV Book: Your Definitive Guide to Writing the Perfect CV, 2nd Ed., Pearson Harlow, Essex [ISBN: 0273776584]
  • Fanthome, C. 2004, Work Placements: A Survival Guide for Students, 1st Ed., Palgrave Macmillan Hampshire [ISBN: 1403934347]
  • Parker, G.M. 2008, Team Players and Teamwork: New Strategies for Developing Successful Collaboration, 2nd Ed., Jossey-Bass San Francisco [ISBN: 0787998117]
  • Fogler, H. S. and LeBlanc, S. E. 2014, Strategies for creative problem solving, 3rd Ed., Prentice Hall NJ, USA [ISBN: 9780133091663]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Crawford, J.B. 2004, What Not To Do When Seeking Employment, 1st Ed., Authorhouse Bloomington, Indiana [ISBN: 1418423491]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_SQSDA_8 Higher Diploma in Science in Quality Systems Validation with Data Analytics 2 Mandatory

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