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PLAC8001 - Herbal Science Placement

Title:Herbal Science Placement
Long Title:Herbal Science Placement
Module Code:PLAC8001
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:Advanced
Field of Study: Placement
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2012/13 ( September 2012 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: Brigid Lucey
Module Description: This module is an essential part of the Herbal Science programme. The student is introduced to a structured work environment in organisation engage in horticulture of medicinal plants, manufacture or research laboratory using natural product ingredients. The student develops an understanding of the organisation, practices and procedures in the sector of activity of herbal and natural product production, characterisation and quality control.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Synthesize, with guidance, information from a number of sources in order to gain a coherent understanding of theory and practice
LO2 Conduct themselves effectively in a work environment having regard to the ethos of the organisation
LO3 Contribute effectively to the operational objectives of the organisation providing the placement
LO4 Document the entire placement process having due regard to issues such as confidentiality requirements of the organisation providing the placement.
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
Placement applications
The student shall research relevant placement opportunities.The student shall prepare for the recruitment process by placement organisations by researching the organisations structures and activities. Placement opportunities will be validated by lecturer coordinating the placement module.
Workplace Learning
The student shall ascertain the expectations of the placement organisation and shall learn to match performance with these expectations. The student is encouraged to engage in a process of continuing performance review and improvement.
Contribution to Workplace
The student shall devise and implement a plan of skills development and learning improvement in order to enhance prospects of progression in the organisation providing the placement. Students shall emphasise the importance of ongoing career development and lifelong learning as tools for successful career development.
Placement Report
The student shall document the entire placement process having due regard to issues such as confidentiality requirements of the organisation providing the placement.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Employer feedback evaluation of student performance in the organisation. 1,2,3,4 50.0 Sem End
Written Report To document the learning achieved during the entire placement process and outlining the structures and activities of a relevant placement organisation 1,4 30.0 Sem End
Other Diary of tasks and duties perfomed during the placement. 1,2,3 20.0 Every Week
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat the module
The assessment of this module is inextricably linked to the delivery. The student must reattend the module in its entirety in order to be reassessed.

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) Achievement of Placement Outcomes 13.5 Every Week 13.50
Lecturer-Supervised Learning (Contact) meeting with placement supervisor 0.5 Every Week 0.50
Total Hours 14.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 14.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 0.50
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Crawford, J.B. 2004, What Not to do When Seeking Employment, AuthorHouse [ISBN: 13-978-1418423490]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
  • Resources: Publications Issued by the Careers and Counselling Service, Cork Institute of Technology
  • Resources: Expertise, Support and Guidance of The Careers and Counselling Service, Cork Institute of Technology

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_SHERB_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Herbal Science 6 Mandatory
CR_EFDMO_6 Certificate in Food Manufacturing Operations 2 Mandatory

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