PROFESSIONAL TRAINING YEAR MODULE (FULL-YEAR WORK) - 2019/0

Module code: TONP017

Module provider

Music and Media

Module Leader

BROOKES TS Dr (Music & Med)

Number of Credits

120

ECTS Credits

60

Framework

Professional Training Year

JACs code

W300

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

N/A

Module Availability

Year long

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 1200

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework CV AND COVER LETTER (P/F) 10
Coursework PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT REVIEW (P/F) 15
Coursework PLACEMENT REPORT 60
Practical based assessment PRESENTATION 15

Alternative Assessment

The alternative assessment below is for the Professional Development Review (PDR): Taking account of the four competencies outlined in the Professional Development Review, provide a critical analysis of your own experiences on a work placement against these key benchmark competencies.

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

You must complete an approved professional training placement.

Module overview

This module supports your development of personal and professional attitudes and abilities appropriate to professional employment. It supports and facilitates self-reflection and transfer of learning from your Professional Training placement experiences to your final year of study and your future employment. The module is concerned with Personal and Professional Development towards holistic academic and non-academic learning, and is a process that involves self-reflection, documented via the creation of a personal record, planning and monitoring progress towards the achievement of personal objectives. Development and learning may occur before and during the placement, and this is reflected in the assessment model as a progressive process. However, the graded assessment takes place primarily towards the end of the placement. Additionally, the module aims to enable you to evidence and evaluate your placement experiences and transfer that learning to other situations through written and presentation skills.

Module aims

To enable you to acquire and develop knowledge as it occurs in professional practice;

To enable you to apply academic knowledge to work activities and processes in practice;

To enable you to mature through the evaluation of your placement experiences;

To support you in developing and applying new skills appropriate to the professional setting in which you are working; and

To enable you to develop the employability skills and attitudes/approach that graduate employers look for and that are required of a person working in a professional capacity.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Demonstrate job-seeking and job acquiring skills relevant to your chosen sector CPT
2 Identify personal strengths CPT
3 Identify key personal and professional objectives in relation to your Professional Training year KCPT
4 Demonstrate an understanding of your placement organisation(s) and how you fit within it/them CPT
5 Apply academic knowledge to professional practice KCT
6 Demonstrate appropriate professional behaviour PT
7 Evaluate your personal and professional development KCPT
8 Use the information/knowledge gained on placement to inform your career aims KCPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:


The module focuses on achieving the learning outcomes by offering, via the placement experience, the opportunity for students to nurture the employability skills that graduate employers look for and to develop the professional identity, competencies and attributes that support the future employability outcomes for students. This development takes place across a wide range of professional environments with great variety in the work undertaken.  Nevertheless, all of these offer the same opportunity to achieve the learning outcomes.

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

The learning and teaching methods include:


The learning and teaching methods are predicated on experiential learning through the placement experience itself.
The mentoring, coaching and assessment role of both the workplace supervisor and the University’s Visiting Professional Training Tutor are focused on ensuring that students achieve the learning outcomes for the module; these relate to (1) personal and professional development, (2) evaluation of placement learning and (3) transfer of placement learning.
The learning and teaching is supported by placement visits to the students on placement by a Visiting PT Tutor to support students’ critical self-reflection and learning and regular mentoring support via phone, email or teleconference. In addition Return Days, Industry Days and regular support and review of the Professional Development Review and student development plans (as part of the PDR) provide additional experiential learning.
The assessment of students’ performance by their respective placement provider is another key aspect of the experiential learning process for the placement student.

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate the learning outcomes regarding the successful acquisition of a Professional Training placement, and the acquisition of the employability skills and competencies that support students’ graduate employability outcomes.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:


CV and Cover Letter (LO1, LO2, LO4, LO6, LO8)


Submitted at two stages (a) before commencing placement for review by the Visiting PT Tutor but not assessed; and (b) upon completion of the placement year a comprehensively updated CV and Cover Letter is submitted as if tailored to applying for a potential graduate job. It is at this point that the Visiting PT Tutor provides feedback. CV no more than 2 pages; Cover Letter 1 page.


Professional Development Review (LO2, LO3, LO4, LO5, LO6, LO7)


Completed over the duration of the placement period (and started prior to placement) this self-reflection tool and performance appraisal provides a framework for students, workplace supervisors and Visiting PT Tutors to discuss and evaluate students’ personal and professional development.


Placement Report (LO2, LO4, LO5, LO6, LO7, LO8)


Completed at the end of the placement this report describes the student’s placement, the range of tasks they performed, analyses their professional practices and work environment and provides a critical reflection on their personal and professional development. The Placement Report contains two elements; (a) a subject specific or technical section (word count ranges from 2,000 to 4,000 words depending on School/Department requirements); and (b) a section about the student’s reflection on their personal and professional development from the Professional Training placement (word count minimum is 2,000 words).


Presentation and Poster (LO2, LO4, LO6, LO7)


Students are required to deliver an oral presentation or to present a poster covering their placement experience or students are required by their Department to submit a video presentation. Word count is not applicable, but guidelines are available in the PTY student handbook.

Formative assessment and feedback

Students will receive ongoing feedback as they develop their own Professional Development Review (PDR) which they undertake several times across the duration of the placement experience. This feeds directly into the development of the Reflective element of the Placement Report.

Reading list

Reading list for PROFESSIONAL TRAINING YEAR MODULE (FULL-YEAR WORK) : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/tonp017

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Music and Sound Recording (Tonmeister) BSc (Hons)(YEAR LONG) Year-long Core A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Music and Sound Recording (Tonmeister) BMus (Hons)(YEAR LONG) Year-long Core Each unit of assessment must be passed at 40% to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2019/0 academic year.