BSc Planning and Real Estate / Course details

Year of entry: 2023

Course unit details:
Professional Placement

Course unit fact file
Unit code PLAN20090
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Full year
Available as a free choice unit? No


This course unit provides you with the opportunity to gain practical experience working with an organisation relevant to your degree.  It can be undertaken at any point during the second year of the degree but must be completed by end of July of your second Year.


  1. To explore the professional world of your specialism - environmental management, planning, real estate.
  2. To undertake practical work in the field with an employer in your specialism.
  3. To develop specialised knowledge within a specific area of environmental management or planning or real estate practice.
  4. To gain specialist skills appropriate to your chosen specialism.

To gain personal transferable skills in the world of work.



SEM 1 – WK 1 - Introduction

SEM 1 – WK 3 - Finding a placement, expectations and assignment; general introduction followed by specific sessions with relevant placement coordinator

SEM 1 – WK 6/7 - Progress review with coordinators

SEM 2 – WK 10 - Progress review with coordinators

SEM 2 - WK -2 - Finalising the placement – see relevant coordinator

SEM 2- WK 9 - Assignments workshop

Students undertaking their placement during the Summer should maintain regular contact with their relevant Placement Coordinator for guidance.

Teaching and learning methods

The course unit will be ‘taught’ through online seminars, individual discussions between the student and the course unit director and/or relevant placement coordinators throughout the placement.

Knowledge and understanding

Have gained knowledge and experience of their relevant professional discipline.

Intellectual skills

Be able to undertake a programme of work set by a client provider organisation.

Be able to critically analyse the placement organisation and provide a clear synthesis of strengths and weaknesses with recommendations.

Practical skills

Be able to write an appraisal of the operation of an environmental management or planning or real estate provider organisation, based on personal experience and data gathered.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

Work effectively with a range of other personnel in the workplace.

Write a personal evaluation reflecting on the experience and present evidence of achievements.

Employability skills

Analytical skills
You will gain a range of employability skills during your placement Other skills gained will depend on the type of organisation you work with and the activities that you engage in during your time with organisation.
Group/team working
Oral communication
Problem solving

Assessment methods

  • Appraisal Report of Placement Organisation, or piece of work undertaken for organisation (50%)
  • Placement Reflection Report (20%)

External Assessment of student by Placement Organisation (30%)

Feedback methods

We will provide formative feedback through advice at the key stages throughout the course unit and during the placement.  Summative feedback will be provided where this contributes to your overall mark.

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Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Tutorials 90
Placement hours
Placement 230
Independent study hours
Independent study 190

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Carys Jones Unit coordinator
Mark Shepherd Unit coordinator
Robert Dockerill Unit coordinator

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