MDS-30018 - Work Experience in Media, Communications and Culture
Coordinator: Elizabeth A Poole Tel: +44 1782 7 34968
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Level: Level 6
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
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Programme/Approved Electives for 2022/23


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2022/23

This module is designed to give students some experience of working in a media, communications or related placement. This may be a local newspaper, TV, or radio company, a news agency, or small TV production company. It may be working within newer online forms of media or working in the public sector on a media project for a local council or hospital, for example. In negotiation with the Module Leader, students will undertake one or more tasks or projects which have been determined by this external organisation. It may involve students working for some time off campus, perhaps on the premises of the external organisation. Students will experience working for a specific client, to their brief and deadlines, and begin to understand how they and their work relate to others in that or similar organisations. This experience should allow students both to reflect on and improve their current skills and understandings, and provide them with the valuable experience many employers are looking for in a competitive industry Students will be required to locate their own placement but under the supervision of your Module Leader. (Assessment: Project Report, 3000 words, 70%; Career Portfolio, 2000 words, 30%.)

Provide students with first-hand experience of the day-to-day operations of a relevant working environment and help them to learn the disciplines, routines, and relationships within a workplace.
Provide students with an understanding of service needs and experience of working to an external brief.
Allow students to develop essential skills that enable them to take more informed decisions about their career goals and enhance their employment prospects.

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.

Intended Learning Outcomes

understand the aims and priorities of an external organisation; will be achieved by assessments: 1,2
work independently and effectively to a set goal; will be achieved by assessments: 1,2
reflect on their own performance and make recommendations for improvement; will be achieved by assessments: 2
help design aims, and organise, modify and monitor projects; will be achieved by assessments: 1
evaluate outcomes of work, judge situations, and solve problems; will be achieved by assessments: 2
develop career-related skills in seeking a placement and presenting oneself to an employer. will be achieved by assessments: 1

Study hours

15 hours formal and informal sessions with tutor
60 hours independent study work - securing placement and preparing for assessment
75 hours in placement

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Portfolio weighted 30%
Career Portfolio
Portfolio including CV, covering letter, agreed project description and health and safety checklist. In the first semester students will produce a CV and a covering letter to send to potential placements; and produce an agreed outline of the work to be completed at the placement with brief learning outcomes. The total word length for all three items will be no more than 2,000 words.

2: Report weighted 70%
Reflective Essay of 3000 words + record of interactions with placement
A 3000 word reflexive evaluation of the placement project providing a suitably contextualised analysis of learning and enhancement of employability facilitated by the project. In addition, a suitably organised record of interactions with the placement including an evaluation report from the placement provider. To be submitted at following the placement at the end of Semester 2.