Module ICL-1006:
Employability Based Learning 1

Module Facts

Run by School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering

20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits

Semester 1 & 2

Overall aims and purpose

This module aims to enable learners to carry out a number of employment related tasks, negotiated jointly with employers/industry representatives and Grŵp-based staff.

Course content

● Workplace practices in the Computing industry

● Application of group theory: forming effective groups, managing group work, a review of group management theories such as Belbin and Tuckman

● How theory works in practice.

● Use of new ideas as transformational tools that leads to new levels of awareness, through reflection.

● Making sense of the practical relevance of knowledge, skills, concepts and theories.

● Relevance and context of knowledge, skills, concepts and theories.

● Development of insight and understanding, through analysis.

● Recruitment and applying for a job in the IT industry: different types of CV; adapting the CV; applying for a job; interview skills.

● Writing reflectively: development of reflection skills; methods for writing reflectively.

Assessment Criteria

good

the student’s understanding of the knowledge and skills base developed through this module is sound and practical, evidenced by the effective application of theory linked to practice. This student’s portfolio will show consideration of the aims of the module. Reports will show a good level of research and will show good consideration of how knowledge can be applied to a working situation. Referencing will be consistent throughout and include a good range of resources along with some background reading. Reflective writing will be produced which will contain detailed reflection and will consider how the skills gained during the first year of the course can be applied in future.

excellent

the student’s understanding of the knowledge and skills base developed through this module is credible and realistic, consistently evidenced by the rigorous application of theory linked to practice. This student’s portfolio will be professional in presentation and fully exhibit the aims of the module. Reports will show an excellent range of research and will show excellent consideration of how knowledge can be applied to a working situation. Referencing will be consistent and correct throughout and include an extensive range of resources and background reading to demonstrate depth of knowledge. Reflective writing will be produced which will demonstrate careful reflection and will fully evidence how the skills gained during the first year of the course can be applied in future.

threshold

the student’s understanding of the knowledge and skills base developed through this module is limited, evidenced by the narrow application of theory linked to practice. This student’s portfolio will have all the required work. Reports will show a basic level of research and will be descriptive in nature about the application of knowledge to the group assignment. Referencing will be basic and include a narrow range of resources but an attempt will be made. Reflective writing will be produced which will show elements of reflection but will not demonstrate how future practice can be improved.

Learning outcomes

    1. Apply communication skills effectively to take advantage of new opportunities at work.
    1. Explain the contribution made by others in a work-based context, recognising interrelationships that enable common goals to be achieved.
    1. Demonstrate enhanced insight and understanding, through analytical comment, based upon specific examples.
    1. Summarise the enhanced contribution made in work-based contexts as a result of applying new knowledge and skills appropriately.
    1. Apply knowledge, skills, concepts and theories gained at Level 4 into work-based contexts and explain how they operate in practice.

Assessment Methods

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Hours
Work-based learning

60 of the 200 notional learning hours undertaken in the workplace - theory.

Relevant theoretical material is delivered using a blend of online material via Moodle, tutor visits to the workplace and employer input/support.

60
Work-based learning

140 of the 200 notional learning hours undertaken in the workplace - 140 hours tutor/employer-directed student learning.

Assignments for this module aim to link theory to real employment situations and to encourage reflective practice

140

Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
  • Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
  • Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team

Resources

Reading list

Bolton, G., 2014. Reflective Practice: Writing and Professional Development . SAGE Publications Ltd

Johnson, D. and Johnson, F., 2012. Joining together: Group Theory and Group Skills . Pearson

Napier, R. and Gershenfeld, M., 2004. Groups: Theory and Experience . Routledge.

Schon, D.A. and Argyris, C., 1992. Theory in Practice: Increasing Professional Effectiveness . Jossey-Bass.

Recommended reading:

Cottrell, S., 2008. The Study Skills Handbook. 3 rd ed. Palgrave Macmillan.

Courses including this module

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