Module code: ENGP015

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 student's 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

Sustainability, Civil & Env Engineering

Module Leader


Number of Credits: 120

ECTS Credits: 60

Framework: Professional Training Year

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

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 1196

Seminar Hours: 4

Module Availability

Year long

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

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.

In the year prior to the Professional Training Year (FHEQ 5) some seminars will be provided to students by alumni about their experiences working in industry. These seminars will help students prepare for their Professional Training year by helping set expectations about working in the environment and sustainability jobs and the wider sector.

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

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 3,000); and (b) a section about the student's reflection on their personal and professional development from the Professional Training placement (word count 1,000 words). This second section should include reflections on the challenges of interdisciplinary working in a professional context.

  • Presentation and/or Poster

Students are required to deliver an oral presentation and/or to present a poster covering their placement experience. A 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.

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 Understand the organisation/s and how they themselves fit within it CPT
003 Apply academic knowledge to professional practice CKPT
004 Understand and demonstrate appropriate professional behaviour PT
005 Evaluate their personal and professional development CKPT
006 Use the information/knowledge gained on placement to inform their career aims CKPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

  • 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.

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Other information

The Centre for Environment and Sustainability is committed to developing graduates with strengths in Employability, Digital Capabilities, Global and Cultural Capabilities, Sustainability and Resourcefulness and Resilience, in line with the Surrey Curriculum Framework. This module is designed to allow students to develop knowledge, skills and capabilities in the following areas:

Employability: A year working in industry effectively develops a student's employability by giving them practical experience of the work environment and the expectations placed on them by their employer. A year working in industry allows students to apply their knowledge and skills in a work setting, further developing these skills. By working in a company or organisation, students gain a real understanding of the way that company or organisation operates and the challenges which it faces. Employers want to recruit graduates with practical knowledge and experience of their industry which students gain while on placement.

Global and cultural capabilities: Working in industry helps students to develop competencies to engage effectively with people from the different backgrounds encountered in the workplace. Each workplace has its own culture which a new employee or placement student has to adapt to if they are to do their job effectively. The ability to adapt to a workplace culture comes through experience. Students are supported by their placement tutor as they learn to adapt to the organisational culture of their placement company or organization.

Sustainability: Applying theories, concepts and skills relating to sustainability development in the workplace develops a student's understanding of sustainability and its practical application to real world problems.

Resourcefulness and resilience: Working in industry will develop a student's ability to respond effectively to opportunities, challenges, difficulties and setbacks. Students are supported by their placement tutor as they face these challenges and learn to how to respond to the needs of the placement company or organisation.

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Environment and Sustainability BSc (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 2025/6 academic year.