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NCL3000 : Career Service Placement Year Module

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 60
Semester 2 Credit Value: 60
ECTS Credits: 60.0

Aims

The placement module aims to :

- Provide students with the experience of seeking and securing a position with an employer.
- Facilitate independent self-management and proactive interaction in a non-university setting.
- Provide a period of practical work experience that will benefit current academic study and longer term career plans.
- Enable students to ethically apply their knowledge and skills in the work place, reflect upon their development and effectively evidence and articulate their learning in relevant future settings e.g. recruitment processes

Outline Of Syllabus

With Careers Service support, (e.g. vacancy advertising, advice and guidance sessions, CV checking, application and interview support), the majority of students will arrange and confirm a 9-12 month placement by the deadline dates stipulated on the Careers Service placement year webpage. Support will be offered through Newcastle University Careers Service prior to commencing the placement and through a placement visit during the academic year
Students will attend a ‘Workshop’ in June (or access the material if starting later) where they will prepare for success through engagement with an Induction to the Placement Year including a series of preparation activities such as skills audits, job role analysis, familiarisation with the Graduate Skills Framework, personal action planning and reflection.
Students will then complete a series of online blended learning resources via Blackboard throughout the placement year, with release of information at key points to link to assessment requirements (e.g. reflective blog entries to aid personal reflection and development).

In the case of fails, the resit task will be set at the start of the August resit period with the deadline at the end of the 2 weeks. A 3000 word essay will be set addressing skills development for an identified career/role, allowing the students time to research and carry out relevant study. The resit task will be instigated if any component is failed.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Placement/Study AbroadEmployer-based learning11131:001131:00Attendance at placement
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops16:006:00Induction Workshop (carried out in Semester 2/accessed remotely before following Semester 1)
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity150:0050:00Self-reflection activities including ongoing compilation of log book and reflective report.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery20:301:00X2: 1-1 tutorial in person/via Skype
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery21:002:00Face to face interactions, by Placement Team. (In person or by Skype)
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study110:0010:00Familiarisation with learning resources.
Total1200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Teaching is provided at the beginning of the module to prepare the student for both a professional approach and skilled behaviour while attending a work placement year. The Workshop will equip the student with tools and material to explore their own skills (linked to the graduate skills framework), development needs and requirements of the workplace. There will be specific activities that will prepare the student to engage with action planning and skills recognition/development. They will also be introduced to ways of utilising labour market intelligence to develop occupational awareness through focusing on behavioural factors that underpin graduate employability and long-term career planning and career management skills. The Workshop will also allow the student to establish a support network of relevant staff and fellow students.

Practical activity in the form of a work placement provides the student with a context within which they are expected to practice experiential learning through reflection, analysis and continuous improvement.
Submission of a minimum of 4 reflective blogs throughout the year, in line with the assessment criteria and graduate skills framework, will demonstrate students’ application of their learning at their work placement. These, alongside formative feedback, will support the submission of the final reflective report.
Self-directed e-learning resources which are available from Blackboard have been designed to be completed pre and post attendance at the Workshop and across their time at placement to provide students with a comprehensive framework to support their progress through the placement module.

The provision of a placement visit during the placement year ensures the student feels supported by the Careers Service, as does feedback from each Blog entry (throughout the year to ensure they are on track).

The aims of the module are drawn from the Newcastle University Graduate Skills Framework. Students will achieve the learning outcomes for the module through full engagement with the activities indicated above.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prof skill assessmnt1A50Performance Assessment to be completed by nominated supervisor at placement host organisation. This is a pass/fail assessment.
Report2M504 separate reviews to make up the report. Each will be c500-750 words to be completed across semester 1 & 2. This is pass/fail.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assessment components are designed to develop and assess application of personal and professional development tools to enhance professional effectiveness in a work environment (PDP aspect of the Reflective Report)
The summative evidence in the final Reflective Report will evidence effective performance as described in the Newcastle University Graduate Skills Framework provided for the students and the assessment criteria for the module (linked to definitions of employability in Newcastle University and sources such as www.prospects.ac.uk). Effective performance in the graduate skills will be validated through the supervisor evaluation.
Students are expected to engage with material introduced at the Workshop and on Blackboard to then inform their Blog entries which will be assessed against the Assessment Criteria for evidence of graduate skills against the knowledge outcomes to:
1.       Research, select and apply relevant knowledge aimed at enhancing their own skills and effectiveness in specific duties at their placement.
2.       Demonstrate an awareness of placement organisational functions, values, ethos and culture and articulate their contribution to it.
And skill outcomes to:
1.       Reflect on and manage own learning and development within the workplace.
2.       Use existing and new knowledge to enhance personal performance in a workplace environment, evaluate the impact and communicate this process.
3.       Use graduate skills in a professional manner in a workplace environment, evaluate the impact and communicate the personal development that has taken place.
The Supervisor Evaluation will allow the Placement to assess the performance of the student against the same Assessment Criteria and confirm the student’s ability in specific Graduate Skills in addition to the intended knowledge/skills learning outcomes. Only students that have completed a minimum of 90% of placement hours as specified in the MOF will have this component assessed. Students that have not completed 90% of placement hours as specified in the MOF by the end of the University Assessment Period and have not had a PEC approved by their academic school will be awarded a Fail for this component of module assessment.
In the case of fails, the resit task will be set at the start of the August resit period with the deadline at the end of the 2 weeks. A 3000 word essay will be set addressing skills development for an identified career/role, allowing the students time to research and carry out relevant study. The resit task will be instigated if any component is failed.

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