Module Details

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Title PHYS250 - Year in Industry - Physics
Code PHYS250
Coordinator Professor U Klein
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2021-22 Level 5 FHEQ Whole Session 120


Students will develop an understanding of the practical application of theories and technical skills learned in Years 1 and 2 of their studies in a real-time, non-UoL off-campus work environment and to gain practical work experience. STEM - related, industry relevant, individual and team based project activities will develop the student’s transferable skills and professional competences leading to enhanced employability.

[TBC] Additionally, project (team) based activities will allow the students to develop their transferable skills and professional competence, leading to enhanced employability.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Gain experience in a real work environment by assuming responsibility for tasks and completing these tasks on time and to a given quality.

(LO2) Gain understanding of the host company/organisation. In doing so, broaden knowledge of the application of physical, computational, science communication, theoretical or model building methods and the importance of this in the relevant field/industry. Learning Outcomes

(LO3) Synthesise theoretical or other model building knowledge and technical skills to analyse problems, to pose solutions, and to evaluate those solutions.

(LO4) Reflect on the development of transferable skills and professional competencies.

(LO5) Communicate the results of STEM-related (e.g. scientific or numerate etc.) investigations in an oral format.



Students will agree duties with their line manager and host supervisor. Students will be remotely supervised by an UoL link academic. Some general considerations to be aware of during the course of their duties will be:

Health and safety at work;
Professional conduct;
Company practices/standards and organisation; and
Reflection on skills development.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching Method 1: Seminar
Briefing seminars prior to the internship (S1 and S2 of Year 2) where students receive essential instructions and information for a safe and successful internship. Students will participate in preparatory bootcamp sessions in Year 2. These sessions will be delivered in collaboration with Careers and Employability and will provide students with advice on sourcing placements, as well as formative activities on reflective writing and presentation skills.
Students will be provided with a handbook for the Year in Industry which will describe in detail the expectations, the assessment structure and the support available from the module team. Only if students have engaged with these sessions, are allowed to take this module. Students have to attend all briefing sessions and are responsible for organisational aspects prepared in time (e.g. Visa, travel insurance, DBS, Safeguarding). If components are fulfilled insufficiently, students may will not be allow ed to take the module.
De-briefing seminars at start of Year 4 where students discuss their experiences, plan the report and next career steps.

Teaching Method 2: Internship
The main activity on this module is an industrial placement and refers to scheduled available time for the non-UoL, off-campus internship.
In addition to the formative exercises in Year 2, feedback on reflective journal entries which are required during the placement will be provided through the VLE. Feedback will be provided following each monthly entry, allowing students to identify suitable feed-forward actions for subsequent work.
Attendance Recorded: Yes

Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours         1200

Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 0


EXAM Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
Presentation with questions  20 minutes    20       
Students will receive two appraisals from their placement supervisor which they should use to develop a personal development plan.           
Reflective learning report  2400-10000 words    80       

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