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4th June ... postal details for your report

 

Send it to;
Paula McKinney
Room 16G24

Faculty of Computing & Engineering

University of Ulster

Jordanstown campus

Shore Road

Newtownabbey

Co. Antrim

BT37 0QB

 

18th May ... reports are due on 9th June, good luck

 

Section 6

 

Make sure the report is bound (do two and keep a copy for yourself). Assuming you have followed the format, it should be well structured, so no problems there. Check the spelling and grammar. The best report in the world can be let down by bad grammar. Hopefully anyone who read your report last week will have pointed out any errors.

 

Now the check list. Make sure you have the following included;

 

  • A title page. Include the company name and logo and your name and student number.
  • Header and footer on each page with page numbers and your details
  • A contents page with page numbers
  • Acknowledgements Thank the people you have worked with and anyone else who had contributed to the experience. Your line manager should be allowed an opportunity to read the report and anyone else who expresses an interest. If this is the case include a circulation list on the acknowledgement page.
  • Photographs and snapshot Include some photos with captions and the snapshot is a form included in the placement bumff you were sent. If you can’t find it let me know.
  • Appendices e.g. Examples of documents created, code developed, screen dumps, commendations/awards
  • Reference list if necessary
  • An index is a nice touch if you have time

 

13th May ... if you have a look at this years placement web site;

 

http://karenfraser.co.uk/placement/index.htm you will notice quotes from last years students on the placement experience, I am keen to update the quotes for next semester so if you would like to see your name in lights email me something!

 

9th May ... Just recovered after a particularly messy girls weekend in Galway ... still at a bit croaky!  You should have either had your 2nd visit by now or at least have a date for it, if not contact your placement visitor, have a good weekend, k

 

Section 5

Reports should be nearly finished. You are also marked on readability (and spelling and grammar). This is difficult to assess yourself and it is better if others read it ideally someone who does not work with you or know what you do. Your report should explain your job fully to someone without prior knowledge of the job you are doing. So get someone else to read it and correct it.

27th April ... Can you ask your line manager if they will be looking for another placement student when you have finished and let me know, thanks k

 

Section 4

 

This should be the reflective section of the report. So far you have talked about the company, your role in it and what you have learnt now you need to relate this to your future job prospects. What have you learnt that will help you get a job. Include things such as;

• communication skills

• learning how to work in a team

• time management skills; working to deadlines

• dealing with others e.g. customers, other departments within the organisation

• increased self confidence, better self management, increased self awareness

• decision making skills

• link the work you have done and the training you have had with your university course and your future career plans.

 

20th April ... This week have a look at at least two other peoples reports and leave a comment, thanks k

 

By now you should be on the 3rd bit of the report.

 

Section 3

 

In this section of the report you should look at what training you have had either formally or informally, what aspect of the job did you need these skills for? Also look at the expertise you have gained throughout the year and the skills you have acquired that relate directly to your course, how will these help you in final year and in the future?

 

Finally look at personal development … see the pds system

 

9th April ... Some people have started their reports and are doing a great job, if you haven't started yet ... get a move on!

 

I am off to London in the morning for a workshop at London Metropolitan University on Student Feedback and Assessment but more excitingly I am going to see the Sound of Music tomorrow night at the London Palladium.  I am feeling positively nun like!!!

 

6th April ... Hopefully by now you will have written a short paragraph letting us all know where you are and what you are doing.

 

I am doing this tonight (it's Sunday) because my present husband insists on torturing me by watching Heartbeat and I would rather stick pins in my eyes!

 

Section 2

This is the most important section of the report and it should describe your role in the company. You should start with your job description. When you are writing this think of how you would advertise the job rather than giving a blow by blow account of your day – that information should be in your log which should be located in the appendices section at the end … but more about that later. Look at the technical skills that you need to do the job and the skills you have learnt while in place. Finally talk about the social aspects of the job. Did you have a Christmas dinner, have lunch with colleagues or do they run team building days? Ideally you should have photographic evidence to support this. If you are including photographs make sure you write a comprehensive caption underneath. There is nothing worse than looking at photos and not knowing what is going on in them. It would also be a good idea when talking about your role in the company to include a photo of your workspace … with you in it!

 

The log book (which you should have been keeping all along) should be appendix 1. Make sure you mention it in this section and reference it, for example;

“First thing every Monday I backed up the server using ………….., see appendix 1”

 

In week 6 we will look at appendices, references, acknowledgements etc.

 

 

1st April 08 ... Lets get started!

 

You will notice a link on the side bar to Janet in case you are wondering if we have a new student we don't!  Janet is a colleague who is keen to see a wiki in action, she will introduce herself on her page.

 

To get started I suggest you write a couple of paragraphs about your placement, where you are, what type of work you have been doing, that sort of thing, that will give us all a chance to catch up.

 

The student placement report, which should contain approx. 3000 words and be typed and bound , should be received by the Placement Administrator, Computing and Maths School Office, Room 16G24, Faculty of Engineering, University of Ulster, Shore Road, Newtownabbey, BT37 0QB before noon on the second Monday in June 08. Please mark envelope Placement Report.

 

Section 1

 

You should, from the start ensure the layout is right. Section one should be labeled;

 

1. Introduction (example 14 point bold)

 

Subsections of this section should be a smaller font but still bold; (main body of the text - example 11 point not bold)

The introduction shouold be a short paragraph on where you are and what you are doing etc

 

1.1 History and Development of the Company (example 12 point bold) etc. etc. have a look at academic papers online

 

Section one should be your introduction. It should include (under separate sections if you prefer)

 

The history and development of the company

An organisational chart of the people in the company – make sure you are on it … no matter how far down … someday you will at the top!

The function of the host department

An understanding of the company management and department structures.

You should also give some thought (although this can be changed later if necessary) to the font you are going to use. Remember, this is an official document leading to a qualification, please do not use Comic Sans or any other ‘quirky' font … Giddy Up is cute but is NOT appropriate! 

 

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March 08 

 

During April and May we are going to cover the placement report step by step.  Alternatively all the info is on my placement web site.

 

If you are keen to work along with me you need to create your own page on this site by clicking 'create an account' at the top righthand corner, then log in and where it says 'Join a wiki' type in ... placement08. When you have got this far 'create a page' and select 'Team Member Page' this is where you will write your own report.  

 

At this stage you need to email me and I will add you to the wiki.

 

Please take time to read others reports and leave comments.  This is NOT a competition we are simply trying to write the best reports we can using feedback from our peers. 

 

I am also writing my Masters dissertation so I will post mine here too ... be kind!

 

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