Applied Industry Techniques - (30 credits)

The Applied Industry Techniques module is designed to form part of the self-development in which the student can begin to build a career path and gain an understanding of the professional working environment. Students will undertake a range of tasks aligned to their chosen subject area aimed at developing their skill set in a supportive environment. In consultation with the teaching staff, the student is offered the opportunity to undertake a personally relevant work placement on the WUC campus, that relates to their own vocational aims and ambitions. This will allow them to experience this aspect of the industry and begin to develop an appreciation of the working environment. Students are encouraged to practice workplace skills repeatedly until they feel confident and capable of tackling future assessments. The practical sessions aim to develop the students’ initiative, communication with other staff members, efficiency, confidence, autonomy and competence. Skills logs document the progressive development of the students throughout the module. The students will be expected to produce a Personal Development Plan (PDP) and a subsequent reflective journal outlining their experiences within their placement. The PDP and embedded SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) analysis will encourage students to identify their current strengths and weaknesses, the need for development in specific areas, and an increased understanding of the diversity of opportunities presented by their chosen industry. This module enables the student to develop the academic, personal and transferable skills required to ensure successful study at Higher Education level. The latter part of this module provides an opportunity for students to explore the remainder of the placement units at WUC and thus understand all of the potential degree pathways on offer. They will achieve this by attending ‘walk and talk’ sessions hosted by their peers, plus a series of lectures from the degree tutors intended to highlight exciting and innovative subjects as taster sessions.