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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Political Communication: Intra Placement
Module Code CM5965
School School of Communications
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Kevin Rafter
Semester 2: Kevin Rafter
Autumn: Kevin Rafter
Module TeachersKevin Rafter
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only
Students are required to complete weekly entries in a learning diary. These entries should reflect on work undertaken, knowledge gained and the application of theory learned to practice in the work place/placement. A final INTRA Report – based on student’s work placement diary and their overall experience – will be submitted in a defined template document. The purpose of the INTRA Report is to provide students with an opportunity to evaluate and document their experience in the work place.

In this module students apply knowledge and skills learned during the MA Political Communication Programme in an employment environment and critically reflect on their experience. INTRA formally integrates the student's academic study with closely co-ordinated realistic jobs, based on the work abilities of the student and the objectives of each programme. The student develops an understanding of the professional, practical world of industry. The blending of theory and practice also increases student motivation and allows a clearer view of a career path. Students will typically be based in a workplace relevant to the MA Political Communication programme for a two to three month period. Those currently in related employment will – subject to approval of their employer and the MAP Programme Chair – use this workplace for their INTRA. Students who do not obtain an industry placement may be offered the possibility of working on a related research project.

Learning Outcomes

1. Synthesise the learning from the MA Programme and apply that knowledge to real-life environments
2. Apply university-acquired knowledge and critical thinking to the work placement;
3. Reflect on learning outcomes from a critical event(s) during the module and relate to a work environment;
4. Critically evaluate their contribution to the workplace and reflect constructively on their own development and skills.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Total Workload: 0

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Professional PortfolioStudents will complete a professional portfolio based on their Intra Placement or current relevant employment (subject to approval by the Programme Chair)100%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 2
Indicative Reading List

    Other Resources

    Programme or List of Programmes
    MAPMA in Political Communication

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