Module Catalogue

CHY2001 : Professional Development and Employability Skills

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Julian Knight
  • Lecturer: Dr James Knight, Dr Cristina Navarro Reguero, Dr Zuleykha McMillan, Dr John Errington, Dr Hanno Kossen, Dr Mike Probert, Dr Johan Eriksson
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 15
Semester 2 Credit Value: 5
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

To consider issues of effective communication to independent learners including scope and style of material and style of presentation; to develop a range of transferable skills; to introduce aspects of employability; to consolidate and extend knowledge of a fundamental aspect of chemistry.

Outline Of Syllabus

Sessions will include seminars/workshops on:

• Use of the library and electronic databases
• Preparation and evaluation of CV’s
• Teamwork
• Meetings skills
• Presentation skills
• Spectroscopic analysis
• Professional Awareness Day

Much of the timetabled work will involve group activities which will be supported and assessed by group tutors.

Further information about the timetabling of student activities and on the assessment scheme may be found on the Blackboard website (URL below) which is accessed from the main university home page http://bb.ncl.ac.uk/

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
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials31:003:00Non-synchronous online presentations covering: Introduction to module structure and mode of delivery
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials11:001:00Non-synchronous online session relating to finding work experience and the value to employers
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials11:001:00Non-synchronous online session relating to preparing an effective CV
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion125:0025:00Prep of individual contributions to written deliverables, problem solving exercises & portfolio
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity401:0040:00Team-based online interactions, coordination of student teams, individual team contributions etc
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study51:005:00online recordings and text based handouts and spectra to exemplify problem solving approaches
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1125:00125:00Literature work, research & abstraction of background material needed to write a key points summary
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Much of the timetabled work involves group activities which will be supported and assessed by group tutors. The high level of private study reflects the emphasis on teamwork and independent time management within the overall set of deadlines.

Seminars cover most of the key skills which this module aims to develop: teamwork, meetings skills, literature searching, presentation skills, and spectroscopic problem solving.

The Professional Awareness Event offers the opportunity for students to discuss employment, applications, and career paths with a range of potential employers.

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 assessmnt2M100N/A
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The staff member who has worked with the group makes the overall assessment of the team performance, according to a set of pre-defined criteria. The group 'deliverables' (preliminary report,summary, MCQ, presentation, problem solving, group portfolio, company profile) are assessed by staff and the marks form the basis for the overall group mark.

Since much of the work performed by the group takes place in the absence of the group tutor, the peer assessment and self-assessment is performed by the students within the group and forms the basis for modulation of the staff group mark to give individual student marks

Reading Lists

Timetable