COMP299

Industrial Placement Y3

Aims

The aim of this module is to provide students with working experience within a commercial or industrial environment and to gain an understanding of the various operational aspects of a company, of its products and working practices.

Syllabus

Dependent upon placement.

The types of placement vary considerably but can include all aspects of information management and software development within a company. Placements can take place in software development companies as well as in ICT departments of companies in other lines of business.

Recommended Texts

Employer handbook

Moreland N. (2005) Work-related learning in higher education. Learning and Employability Series 2. The Higher Education Academy

Murray R. and Wallace W. (2003) Good Practice in Industrial Work Placemet. Subject Centre for Physical Sciences. ISBN 1-903815-02-09.

The web pages of the different programmes with a year in industry, accessible from:

http://www.csc.liv.ac.uk/teaching/bscprogrammes.html

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the module students should have an appreciation of the working practices of the organisation hosting the placement and show an ability to make a contribution towards its daily operation.

Students should gain where appropriate:

- Practical experience of software design and development, and coding practices within industrial/commercial environments;

- Preparation of reports and other relevant documentation;

- Working practices within industrial/commercial environments;

- Experience with management of time and resources;

Learning Strategy

The teaching and learning strategies involve any of the following:

- Formal lectures.

- Company training programme (if available)

- Review sessions with an academic tutor and industrial supervisor.

The teaching and learning strategies involve any of the following:

- Formal lectures.

- Company training programme (if available)

- Review sessions with an academic tutor and industrial supervisor.

Prior to undertaking this module, students will receive support from the Careers and Employability Service within the Centre for Lifelong Learning. The support consists of finding and advertising suitable placements as well as supporting students throughout all the stages in the process of securing their placement, including CV preparation, interview practice, agreements with the company etc. The department is responsible for vetting potential placements as well as coordinating the assessment of the various assignments carried out by the students. Every student undertaking a placement is assigned an academic supervisor who offers guidance throughout the placement and acts as a marker for the various assignments.