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Getting Started

This module is designed for any member of staff involved in the management of work experience and placements for learners in schools, colleges and Universities.

It is a 20 credit module which forms part of the MA/Postgraduate Diploma/Postgraduate Certificate in the Management of Student Work Experience.

The overall aims of this module are to equip participants with the knowledge and skills required to interact effectively with employers and to develop a strategic approach to this work. This will include both the placement of learners in employer organisations, as well as wider employer engagement such as securing involvement in other employability initiatives and curriculum-based approaches to career development learning.

The delivery of the module is via this online module space. In order to support the on-line learning, you will need access to key texts and opportunities to speak with employers and colleagues.

This module is completed through using on-line teaching materials, activities, reading, tutorial support and online discussion.

Saying hello in the forum

The forum is used thoughout the module to facilitate responses to exercises and formative assessment. It is our space and only module registrants and staff can see our posts. As a first step, you are asked to introduce yourself in the module forum. As a largely distance learning module, it is helpful if other people can see who is studying the module. Please do this now by clicking on this forum link and locating the thread entitled 'Introductions for all new module participants'.

Forum link


Throughout the module you will be invited to engage in a variety of activities. Your responses to the activities will not be individually assessed, but they are an excellent opportunity to extend your learning and to prepare you for the formal assignments. If you would like feedback on any of the activities, please contact the module convenor

You might like to think of the exercises as a direct replacement for the type of groupwork and thinking you would undertake in lectures and tutorials. Try to complete the activities as fully as you can as you progress through the module, as they will contribute towards the completion of your assignments.


The core reading for the module is provided either by links to e-books in the University library or in a reading pack sent to you at the start of the module.

Wider reading to support your assignments is supported through the suggestions for further reading. The ‘Additional Resources’ section gives more information about the other books and articles in the reading list to help you to decide which ones to read.

You will find a number of websites listed in the external links section. These have been especially selected for their relevance to this module and will often aid you in the completion of your assignments.

You will be expected to evidence and reference a selection of reading and research in your final assignments.

Completing the course work and assignments

There are two assignments which you will submit at the end of the module. For the first one you will choose either to provide a critical analysis of an existing Employer Strategy or to develop a new one.

The second assignment takes the form of a Case Study on your work with an Employer.

You will find more detail in the Assignment area of the module home page. I suggest you read this now so that you are familiar with it.


The online materials are designed to be self-contained; however, an optional one day workshop is being introduced from 2013. The first of these, for the 2014 cohort, will be held on Tuesday 4 March 2014.

Contacting the module tutor

You are entitled to have at least one tutorial with the module leader as part of this module. You are invited to contact me by emailing some date and times to and this address can also be used for quick queries. Further tutorials can also be discussed as the need arises.

I hope that you find the module relevant, stimulating, and above all enjoyable!

Best wishes

Gill Frigerio

Module Leader