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Module

ACE3210 : Your Future - occupational awareness

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Catherine Douglas
  • Other Staff: Ms Lara Hope
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

The module aims to enhance:
1) the students’ awareness of the wider occupational context of graduate destinations related to their discipline and personal interests and
2) their resourcefulness in relation to personal development though reflecting on skills and attributes and formulating professional and personal development strategies.

Outline Of Syllabus

The Module offers students an opportunity to explore an occupation (industry sector or research) holistically and engage in personal development. It is 100 hours of time to focus on their future.

Through a case study the students will independently research an occupation of personal interest (this may be in for example, the commercial sector, research e.g. PhD, own business, teaching). This will involve inter alia: using current / previous role descriptions or PhD opportunities; contacting people in that industry (potentially alumni) through informational interviews to gather information on career paths, a typical day, career prospects, other roles within the industry. The student will also research the current state of the industry, future direction / developments, global issues, current key legislation. As a result, students will increase their awareness of ethical, legal and commercial issues / frameworks governing the industry/research/self-employed sector that they may wish to enter. They will summarise this in an assessed presentation in a “careers fair” type event to peers and Stage 1 and 2 on their course. This will be before the main exam period.

In addition, students will also reflect on their current skills and consider their own career development targets in the light of requirements for their chosen career and put together an action plan to enhance their personal skills and employability. Students will engage with at least 3 development opportunities. For example, those delivered by the careers service; a resourcefulness and emotional agility seminar; social networking for professionals; good practice in web-design; on-line courses or other professional or personal development (this could include workplace shadowing). While students will be guided towards events offered by the careers service and other supporting materials, they can be innovative in their approach to self-development.

Before the Semester 2 exam period, students will undertake a role play interview (15 minutes) which will be structured like part of a job interview for a graduate position. It will include a range of seen questions for which the students can have prepared answers. It will include a question on reflection of personal and professional development. This will help to consolidate learning of all the module learning outcomes – as well as building confidence in the student’s oral communication skills under this realistic employment scenario.

PLEASE NOTE THIS MODULE IS LAUNCHED IN SEMESTER 1 TO GIVE STUDENTS ACCESS TO A WIDE RANGE OF PROFESSIONAL DEVEOPLEMENT OPPORTUNITIES OFFERED BY THE CAREERS SERVICE. Students can change modules and join in semester 2, but will have missed out on some opportunities.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture41:004:00introduction to the module and assessment and formal update lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion121:0021:00time allocated to preparation of presentation and assessed interview
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion121:0021:00time allocated to preparation of and undertaking interview
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion22:004:00Presentation and attendance at other presentation sessions.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching20:301:00tutorial
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching31:003:00optional drop-in sessions
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops32:006:00Personal development workshops or equivalent
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity110:0010:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity21:303:00mentoring session with other student doing run through&feedback of presentation & roleplay interview
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study127:0027:00Protected time for students to work towards their future career aspirations
Total100:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The majority of the module is student led: researching into areas of interest or undertaking development opportunities. The first lecture launches the module with an overview and the tasks it entails, with further formal lectures outlining the assessment formats. There are compulsory tutorials for the student to update on their progress. There are optional drop-in sessions to offer further face to face individual support. The use of varied workshops and protected time to attend these increase the opportunity for students to tailor this protected time towards their individual interests and their future career aspirations.

Assessment Methods

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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Presentation202M10010 minute presentation on your chosen case study (industry/research sector etc) + 5 mins questions. Plus one page summary
Zero Weighted Pass/Fail Assessments
Description When Set Comment
Reflective logMReflective log
Oral PresentationMMentoring of allocated student to rehearse presentation and interview
PortfolioMUpdated CV
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Oral Examination1M10 min minute role play interview random questions from pre-prepared questions
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The preparation for the assessment covers the learning outcomes. The presentation summarises the salient points and enables all students to enhance their knowledge of related sectors including other stages. The formative role play interview helps create an authentic scenario in which students will be assessed in the work place. It also gives students the opportunity to interview each other, again a useful confidence building experience, for which they will receive immediate personal feedback.

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