ACS495 Year in Industry

Module Description

The Year in Industry module allows students to experience life within an engineering organisation, undertaking a placement for a minimum of 38 weeks.

Students spend their placement year in an external organisation related to systems and control engineering, working on either a single project or a series of projects. During this time they engage in engineering projects with real industrial constraints, such as time and finance. They bring the technical and educational experience of their degree to the company and are able to build on this in an engineering environment. The written report and oral presentation that form the assessment allow students to record and reflect on their experiences and enable them to bring enhanced skills and attitudes to their final year and subsequent career.

Credits: 120 (Academic year)

Although this module is credit bearing, it does not count towards a student’s degree classification.

Please note that this module is exempt from the University’s General Regulations relating to Intellectual Property

Module Leader

Email: acse-placements@sheffield.ac.uk

For further information, see our Year in Industry webpage.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, the student should:

  1. Practice as a professional engineer in an industry environment. [EP1m, EP2m, EP3m, EP4m, EP5m, EP6m, EP7m, EP8m, EP9m, EP10m, EP11m]
  2. Reflect on, and identify gaps in, their development of a range of transferable skills over the duration of the placement. [Additional General Skills]
  3. Appropriately apply engineering skills gained at University in the workplace. [EA1m, EA2m, EA3m, EA4m, EA5m, EA6m, D1m, D2m, D3m, D4m, D5m, D7m]
  4. Explain the way in which their placement company operates. [ET1m, ET2m, ET3m, ET4m, ET5m, ET6m, ET7m]
  5. Select and apply appropriate professional communication skills. [D6m]

This module satisfies the AHEP3 (Accreditation of Higher Education Programmes, Third Edition) Learning Outcomes that are listed in brackets after each learning outcome above. For further details on AHEP3 Learning Outcomes, see the downloads section of our accreditation webpage.

Assessment

Assessment

The Year in Industry placement period is assessed as either Pass or Fail. Note that in order to qualify for the extension ‘with a Year in Industry’ to be added to your degree programme you are required to achieve a Pass mark.

There are two components to the assessment:

1. Placement report
You will be asked to submit a report towards the end of the placement. The report guidance and the assessment criteria are intended to be sufficiently flexible to account for the huge breadth of work experienced by students on placement. All students should be able to address the areas of assessment for their final placement report without difficulty.

Further details about the placement report will be outlined in the Year in Industry Student Handbook, provided by the Faculty Placements Team.

2. Poster/presentation
Present an overview of your placement year, as either an oral presentation or a poster, to be delivered at the annual careers day.

Placement Visit

Placement Visit

A member of staff will contact you during your placement to organise a visit to your workplace. There is normally one visit and usually happens in January/February. The visit consists of separate meetings with you and your line manager, and usually a tour around where you've been working. At the visit you will discuss how your placement is going and we will ensure you are getting the support you need. This is also an opportunity for you to discuss the assessment requirements and the deadline for your placement report. You will need to complete a visit form prior to the visit itself.

Feedback

Feedback

Feedback should be provided by your placement supervisor throughout the duration of your placement, via the staff monitoring and performance review processes used by your organisation.

Feedback on your placement report will be provided within 2-3 weeks of the submission deadline.

Student Evaluation

Student Evaluation

Students are encouraged to provide feedback to the Year in Industry tutor and the Faculty Placements Team throughout the placement. There will also be opportunity for students to feedback to the member of academic staff completing the placement visit. 

You can view the latest Department response to the survey feedback here.