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ACE3203 : Developing Graduate Skills for Professional Practice (Inactive)

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

The Module aims to to provide students with experience of a range of issues such as a graduate might meet in a workplace environment in order to consolidate the need to view issues holistically and from a range of viewpoints. Students will engage with a range of career development opportunities and external speakers to learn about the everyday work environments in sectors recently entered by graduates from related programmes. As a result students will increase their awareness of ethical, legal and governance frameworks governing the workplace and be able to describe how the priorities of different stakeholders interact and also be able to identify the drivers generating different types of activity in the workplace. Students will reflect on their current skills and consider their own career development targets in the light of requirements for graduates in the workplace and put together an action plan to enhance their personal skills and employability.

Outline Of Syllabus

The Module offers students an opportunity to reflect on the requirements for graduates in the workplace and to develop their own action plan for personal development to enhance employability. Supported by the Module leader and through sessions organised and led by the Careers Service, students will reflect on and manage their own learning and development.

At the start of the academic year students will attend induction/training workshops which will introduce theories of personal and career development and guide students towards supporting materials.

During the semester, students will also be directed to a number of on-going seminars and events offered through the career service; they are able to select an appropriate number and mix of these events to support their skills development. Students will engage with at least 3 workshops provided through the Careers Service to develop employability and/or engage with external speakers to learn about the everyday work environments in a range of sectors recently entered by graduates from related programmes. As a result students will increase their awareness of ethical, legal and governance frameworks governing the workplace and be able to describe how the priorities of different stakeholders interact and also be able to identify the drivers generating different types of activity in the workplace.

At the end of week 11, students submit a learning log and action plan drawn from their own reflective record (Eportfolio) which presents and evaluates at least 2 key areas for personal development following critical reflection on personal skills development with reference to the Graduate Skills Framework and including reference to the broader literature. Students will also present an action plan to outline the steps that they will take to further develop their graduate skills.

During the Semester 1 exam period, students will receive a short interview (15 minutes) which will be structured like part of a job interview for a graduate position. Interviews will take place after students have received feedback on their submitted learning logs and action plan and help to consolidate learning of all the module learning outcomes – as well as assessing the student’s oral communication skills under this realistic employment scenario.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture32:006:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Preparation and completion of the interview
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion114:0014:00Selection and presentation of materials from Eportfolio to provide a learning log for assessment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Research and development of job description; targeted CV
Guided Independent StudySkills practice110:0010:00Consolidation and practice of skills developed in taught session e.g. completion of skills audit
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching52:0010:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity101:0010:00Updating of Eportfolio in response to activity undertaken
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study130:0030:00Background research and engagement with personal development activities e.g. via Careers Service
Total100:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Small group teaching is used to provide training and induction is provided at the beginning of the module to support students in developing an effective approach to the Module and to introduce underpinning theories of personal and professional development. The Eportfolio system will be recommended to students to support ongoing reflection.

Small group teaching is provided by the Careers Service (JH Careers Link) and others to support the development of specific skills (development of information literacy, action planning for career development etc.) and to direct students to key resources. Further small group teaching supports student reflection and critical engagement with employability issues and facilitate discussion of the assessment criteria in relation to students’ experiences and to help them prepare for assessment.

Self-directed learning resources are available through Blackboard which are designed to fit together with the range of workshops available through the Careers Service and which provide a comprehensive framework to support progress through the Module. Students are directed to Careers Service workshops etc which will enable them to engage with at least 3 external speakers to learn about the everyday work environments of a number of graduate employees. As a result students will increase their awareness of ethical, legal and governance frameworks governing the workplace and be able to describe how the priorities of different stakeholders interact and also be able to identify the drivers generating different types of activity in the workplace. Students are enabled to access a range of development opportunities and then supported to draw up an action plan which allows them to address the skills outlined in the Graduate Skills Framework.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Examination151A15Interview - structured like part of a job interview for a graduate position
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M15Job description for selected relevant graduate opportunity (400 words) with targeted Student CV (2 pages)
Reflective log1M70Learning log drawn from Eportfolio - reflection on personal development in relation to at least 2 graduate skills (1500 words)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Job description and CV – the job description encourages students to look broadly at the employment context and identify a key opportunity that interests them and then to research and understand its ethical, legal and governance frameworks (Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 5). Development of their CV is the first step in self-assessment of skills against the requirements of graduate positions. Both documents require writing in specific technical styles (Outcome 7)

Learning Log and action plan: Students are expected to maintain a reflective record throughout the Module, students will select and compile evidence from this personal record to present a learning log and action plan for further skills development (Outcome 7). This requires students to show engagement with at least 3 Careers Service workshops or other employer engagement opportunities and then demonstrate critical reflection on their personal skills development with reference to the Graduate Skills Framework and to include reference to the broader literature. Students will be asked to provide evidence of action planning and progress in skills development in relation to the Graduate Skills Framework drawing from their reflective record (maintained in Eportfolio) (Outcomes 2, 4, 6).

Interview: The interviews are scheduled during the exam period and will be structured like part of a job interview for a graduate position. Interviews take place after students have received feedback on their submitted learning logs and action plan and help to consolidate learning of all the module learning outcomes – as well as assessing the student’s oral communication skills (Outcome 7). The assessed interview will be structured like part of a job interview for a graduate position. Students will be asked to demonstrate their achievement of at least 2 graduate skills and to outline how they will develop one further skill area in the future.

Study abroad students may request a take-away exam paper to be returned via NESS.

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