Topics: Learning, Employment, Academic term Pages: 8 (1471 words) Published: April 28, 2013

|Name of module: |Module Code No: |Semester: | |Placement |PLC 101 |5-6 | | |PLC 102 | | |Hungarian credits: |Module leader: |Institute: | |40 |Zsuzsanna Ránki |Career Centre |

Placement is a full-time practical experience within the business environment for 48 weeks. During this period the Student will be able to build on the knowledge, understanding, skills and competences acquired during the first two years in the School, integrate and synthesize this knowledge with the assistance and guidance of a consultant at the School. At the same time further develop them through relevant course work and background readings towards their 4th-year Dissertation.


-          at least 4 semesters spent in a BA programme, and -          at least 10 passing coursework marks earned in non-language and non-free-option modules (coursework marks for language and free option modules do not count towards the 10 marks required)


Knowledge and understanding
• in-depth knowledge and expertise in an area of business that is of particular interest to the student • understanding the organisational and functional relationships in business • understanding the business culture of a company

• understanding and solution of business problems

Disciplinary/professional skills
• selection and use of appropriate techniques and/or methodologies to solve professional problems • reading and note-taking skills with a view to the Dissertation that students will have to write during the 4th year • setting personal objectives

• self-awareness
• IT skills
• interpersonal communication skills
• presentation skills
• skills of co-operation with colleagues at work
• taking responsibility for individual (or delegated) tasks • academic writing skills


After finding a placement job (for which IBS provides assistance), the student must choose an IBS staff member (not a language teacher) as consultant. During the placement year, the student must arrange at least 3 consultations – ideally every 3-4 months - with the Consultant. The first consultation has to take place within 1 month from the starting of the placement. If you start your placement in Summer and you can not consult with your consultant – due to summer vacation – you need to do so the latest until the end of the first week in the September semester. Also, within one month, Students have to provide data about their placement (name and place of Employer, date of employment, name of Supervisor and Student contact details during placement) to the Student Centre.

The student must put together a Learning Plan. (Appendix 1) which contains: • a skills development focus (this may include more than one skill) • a professional development focus related to the professional area s/he is working during the placement

The Learning plan should contain the major expectations of the Students from their placement year. It will be signed by the Consultant and the Student, as well as by the Workplace Supervisor. A signed copy will have to be kept by the Student Centre. The signed Learning Plans constitute evidence that the consultations have taken place. The Consultant is expected to offer advice and support to the Student in his/her work.

The second consultation should take place within the third month of the...
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