Module code: TONP017

Module Overview

This module supports students’ development of personal and professional attitudes and abilities appropriate to a Professional Training placement.  It supports and facilitates self-reflection and transfer of learning from their Professional Training placement experiences to their final year of study and their future employment.  The PTY 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 students to evidence and evaluate their placement experiences and transfer that learning to other situations through written and presentation skills.

Module provider

Music and Media

Module Leader

BROOKES Tim (Music & Med)

Number of Credits: 120

ECTS Credits: 60

Framework: Professional Training Year

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Practical/Performance Hours: 1125

Guided Learning: 75

Module Availability

Year long

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


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.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework Placement Report 75
Oral exam or presentation Presentation and/or Poster 25

Alternative Assessment


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:

  • Placement Report (LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4, LO5, LO6)

Completed at the end of the placement this report reviews the student’s placement, analyses their professional practices and work environment and provides a critical reflection on their personal and professional development. The 4,000 word Placement Report contains two elements: (a) a subject specific or technical section (word count ranges from 3,000 to 3,500 words); and (b) a section about the student’s reflection on their personal and professional development from the Professional Training placement (word count ranges from 500 to 1,000 words).

  • Presentation and/or Poster (LO1, LO2, LO4, LO5)

Students are required to deliver an oral presentation covering their placement experience. 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) (LO1, LO2, LO5) 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. Formal written feedback will be provided on the initial CV and Cover Letter submission (L01, L02, L04); additional feedback on CVs and Cover Letters will be available in tutorials.

Module aims

  • Enable students to acquire and develop knowledge as it occurs in professional practice.
  • Apply academic knowledge to work activities and processes in practice.
  • Enable students to mature through the evaluation of their placement experiences
  • Support students to develop and apply new skills appropriate to their professional setting in which they are working.
  • Enable students to develop the employability skills and attitudes/approach that graduate employers look for and are required of a person working in a professional capacity.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Identify personal strengths CPT
002 Explain the structure and operation of the organisation/s and how they themselves fit within it CPT
003 Apply academic knowledge to professional practice KCT
004 Demonstrate appropriate professional behaviour PT
005 Evaluate their personal and professional development KCPT
006 Use the information/knowledge gained on placement to inform their career aims KCPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

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 Professional Training Tutor (PT 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 meetings with the students on placement by a PT Tutor to support students’ critical self-reflection and learning and regular mentoring support via phone, email, teleconference or video conference. 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.

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list
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Other information

The placement module focuses strongly on students’ employability through an extended exposure to the professional workplace.  This experience of the international working environment promotes their development as resilient, resourceful and culturally aware global citizens. The placement offers the opportunity to develop the digital capabilities, cultural sensitivity and understanding of sustainability within the workplace that are key to students’ future employability. 

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Music and Sound Recording (Tonmeister) BSc (Hons)(CORE) Year-long Core A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required 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 2024/5 academic year.