Module Catalogue 2020/21

NCL2007 : Career Development for second year students

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Gillian Mabbitt
  • Lecturer: Miss Gayle Leach
  • Owning School: Academic Services
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment

Students are expected to have read the online Module Outline Form and information on the Careers Service web pages under 'Careers Modules'

Placement Routes:

Students are expected to complete a minimum of 35 hours of professional experience activity between November and May in the context of one of the following routes:

(1) Learning from work in which the student’s development occurs in the context of an existing part time role (paid or unpaid) that they have arranged for themselves;
(2) Volunteering roles arranged by the student through the Students Union (NUSU) (including specific club or society roles and roles with voluntary sector organisations that NUSU have confirmed);
(3) Student Tutoring in which students work with local schools and arranged through the Careers Service, or;
(4) Other Professional Experience activities as defined/arranged through the Careers Service.
For all routes students are expected to use these hours to support and implement planned, purposeful activity as the basis for reflection and experiential learning which will feed into assessments.

Prior to commencing the module, students must indicate which route they wish to take and take further action as detailed below:

(1) Learning from Work: provide details of the host organisation, their role, a named person in the organisation who will act in a supervisory capacity, information so that the Careers Service can confirm Employer and Public Liability insurance is in place.
(2) Volunteering: provide details of agreed role and activity, a named person in the organisation/at NUSU who will act in a supervisory capacity.
(3) Student Tutoring: provide further information about their background, interests, and subject-preferences. Students selecting this route must also complete the DBS application process.
(4) Consultancy/Project-based route: students will be required to register interest in this and provide further specific information at a later date.

Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment

At the DPD’s discretion, It is possible that two Careers Service modules may be chosen in the same academic year.

Aims

To develop students’ self-awareness and the ability to self-manage, proactively interact and ethically apply knowledge and skills in a work-related context or during professional experience.

The NCL2007 Career Development module offers students the opportunity to undertake work-related learning or have a professional experience in a variety of environments, both on and off the University campus, or remotely if appropriate. Through engagement with the module, students will start to develop an understanding and awareness of their skills and attributes and how they might utilise these in future roles. Students will enhance their employability and personal enterprise skills as well as contributing towards meeting the aims of the professional experience.
Newcastle University’s Graduate Skills Framework provides the focus for this development, see http://www.ncl.ac.uk/careers/modules/cdm/ for details.

Outline Of Syllabus

Successful graduates are equipped with the necessary skills to perform and an ability to plan and manage their portfolio career, which is likely to be varied. The 2nd stage Career Development module therefore offers students the opportunity to learn about their skills and attributes and how they might apply these in future roles upon graduation. To aid this learning and development, they undertake a professional experience in a variety of different environments, both on and off the University campus, or remotely if appropriate. See http://www.ncl.ac.uk/careers/modules/cdm/ for more information. Supported by their module tutor, students will reflect on and manage their own learning and development through a series of workshops, seminars and lectures. Through engagement with both the professional experience and module teaching, students will enhance their employability and personal enterprise skills whilst contributing towards the aims of the host organisation.

Students will join the module at the start of semester one and will complete their professional experience as appropriate during the module, with marks being allocated only in semester two. Students will complete a minimum of 35 hours of direct engagement with their professional experience during the module, there may also be other constraints for students placed with host organisations e.g. number of contact visits made.

At the start of the academic year students are expected to:
•       confirm that all pre-requisites for their professional experience context have been met;
•       attend all teaching/seminars and complete preparation tasks;
•       (student tutoring route only) receive placement allocation;
•       negotiate calendar of activity and duties for the professional experience to meet module requirements across the academic year – students will need to complete at least 35 hours of direct engagement during the academic year to complete the module;

During semester one students are expected to:
• attend timetabled seminars, group tutorials and lectures; These will include: creating a personal development plan for the module; learning reflection and action planning techniques; practical workshops covering key areas from the Graduate Skills Framework; and preparation for the first assignment;
•       carry out ongoing reflection, analysis and development of own competence;
•       carry out ongoing primary and secondary research into issues relevant to their professional experience;
•       complete formal assessment tasks;


During semester two students are expected to:
•       complete their professional experience to total at least 35 hours;
• attend timetabled seminars, workshops and lectures. These will be a combination of present in-person and online, and include: preparation for the main assessment; a presentation workshop; the opportunity to meet employers; and a discussion
about their personal career planning;
•       carry out ongoing reflection, analysis and development of own competence;
•       carry out ongoing primary and secondary research into issues relevant to the host organisation;
•       complete formal assessment tasks;
•       conclude their professional experience.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

Knowledge Outcomes

By the end of this module students will know how to:

Use appropriate sources to identify occupational standards and organisation information to understand and inform articulation of the broader professional experience context. [Organisational awareness]

Explore and expand graduate career ideas using module tools and research, to inform personal and professional development. [Occupational awareness]

Use appropriate tools to establish a personal skills baseline to inform the development of graduate skills relevant to their professional experience and future career ideas. [Self-Awareness].

Intended Skill Outcomes

By the end of this module, students will be able to:

Use techniques for structured reflection, to plan and manage their own learning and development, during their professional experience and to progress graduate career ideas. [Reflection]

Identify and describe their competence in specific graduate skills and implementing planned actions to improve their performance during their professional experience. [Professional development]

Articulate examples of personal development through professional experience, which are related to their graduate career aspirations. [Articulation]

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion134:0034:00Student support - email, drop in and additional tutorials
Placement/Study AbroadEmployer-based learning135:0035:00Direct engagement with placement/equivalent professional experience agreed with Careers Service
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading150:3050:30Independent study including engaging with module reading and development resources.
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities361:0036:00Video and other learning resources to aid completion of module themes.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching181:0018:00Seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching10:300:301-1 tutorials
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops12:002:00Workshop for whole module cohort
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study124:0024:00Completion of engagement and other tasks related to module themes.
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Overall, the teaching programme provides a framework for students to review their career planning status, set personal goals based on a work placement and future career aspirations, and take opportunities to learn from graduate skill theory and application.
A series of workshops and group tutorials will enable students to analyse their current skills and work experience and how this relates to both their professional experience and future career aspirations. Workshops/Seminars and pre-tasks on Canvas will then prepare them for their module professional experience and aid their development of personal goals- focussing around the graduate skills framework (set or identified by student depending on module). Seminars will facilitate discussion of the graduate skills and the assessment criteria in relation to students’ individual professional experiences to help them prepare for assessment. The workshops and seminars will collectively provide students with the tools to meet the knowledge outcomes for the module.
Self-directed learning resources and pre and post session tasks (via Canvas) will introduce the students to theory around graduate skills, goal setting and self-reflection/development. Students will be set small tasks to carry out in-between workshops to enable the dissemination of theory/experience to form the basis of seminar discussion.
The practical activity in the form of professional experience provides context within which students are expected to practice experiential learning through reflection, critical analysis and continuous improvement.
Tutorials framed as professional conversations are provided to enable students to make links between the practical work placement experience, all teaching resources and activities and, therefore, prepare for articulation of this within the assessed components.
The aims of the module are drawn from the Newcastle University Graduate Skills Framework and informed by current Graduate Employer Intelligence. The intended skills outcomes aim to equip students with the ability to articulate how they have developed and learned from a professional experience to make them more employable. Students will achieve the learning outcomes for the module through full engagement with the activities above and a commitment to their own self development.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prof skill assessmnt1M40A summary of intended personal development actions towards module learning outcomes for the module
Written exercise1M10Students must complete at least 7 of 10 tasks to gain the marks available.
Prof skill assessmnt2M50Formal 10 minute presentation recorded online using Powerpoint and submission via a single submission date assessment point.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assessment components are designed to develop and reward effective performance as described in the Newcastle University Graduate Skills Framework provided for the students: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/careers/modules/cdm/ They directly link to the learning outcomes to provide students with clear outcomes in relation to recognised personal development at the end of the module.

The three main assessed components are equally weighted to indicate a shared importance of each activity to the intended learning.

The first assessed component comprises a strengths based personal statement (1000 words) that simulates an element of a job application. This tests the student’s ability to use tools to explore and inform career ideas and personal skills and help them identify how they may need to develop further.

The second component has a smaller weighting to encourage engagement with the module requirements including further research. This consists of student completion of at least seven out of ten preparation tasks for taught sessions. The overall completion of these tasks is equivalent to writing 500 words or less as will come in the form of e.g. answering multiple choice questions.

The third assessment allows students to verbally present their learning from the placement experience and identify next steps for their own development/careers planning. This simulates a method of delivery that will often be tested within a recruitment and selection process or expected within the workplace. Student time spent on preparation and delivery of this task is roughly equivalent to a written task of 3000 words.

Timetable

Past Exam Papers

General Notes

Capping of numbers of students will be applied across the suite of Career Development Modules.

This module (NCL2007) is intended for Stage 2 students. Students will join the module at the start of semester one and will be expected to balance their work for the module across both semesters.

Placement Routes:

Students are expected to complete a minimum of 35 hours of professional experience activity between November and May in the context of one of the following routes:

(1) Learning from work in which the student’s development occurs in the context of an existing part time role (paid or unpaid) that they have arranged for themselves;
(2) Volunteering roles arranged by the student through the Students Union (NUSU) (including specific club or society roles and roles with voluntary sector organisations that NUSU have confirmed);
(3) Student Tutoring in which students work with local schools and arranged through the Careers Service, or;
(4) Other Professional Experience activities as defined/arranged through the Careers Service.
For all routes students are expected to use these hours to support and implement planned, purposeful activity as the basis for reflection and experiential learning which will feed into assessments.

Prior to commencing the module, students will be expected to indicate which Professional Experience Route they wish to take and will be required to take further action as detailed below:

(1) Learning from Work: provide the details of: the name and contact details of the host organisation, their specific role, a named person in the organisation who will act in a supervisory capacity, and information so that the Careers Service can confirm Employer Liability and Public Liability coverage is in place. (Typically this would be Policy and Certificate numbers).

(2) Volunteering: the agreed role and activity (e.g., Club or Society executive committee role, NUSU project, NUSU brokered role with a community voluntary organisation).

(3) Student Tutoring/School Support: students are expected to inform us of their interest in this route and to provide further information about their background, interests, and subject-preferences. Students selecting this route will also be expected to complete the DBS application process.

(4) Consultancy/Project-based route – Students will be required to register interest in this and provide further information as specified at a later time.



All students will be required to submit a completed Health and Safety checklist form in line with University procedure and as detailed in module induction information.

Students selecting the Learning from Work or Volunteering routes are expected to act early to confirm their role is suitable and to ensure and confirm they have an agreed and approved named supervisor for that activity by the start of term.

Students requiring further support regarding this module should contact csmodules@ncl.ac.uk

Any student requiring further support regarding volunteering/ specific club or society roles as approved by NUSU should contact cdm.union@ncl.ac.uk

Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2020/21 academic year. In accordance with University Terms and Conditions, the University makes all reasonable efforts to deliver the modules as described. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback. Module information for the 2021/22 entry will be published here in early-April 2021. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.