Module ICL-2005:
Employability Based Learning 2

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 provide learners with the opportunity to analyse the value of their learning within vocational and work-specific contexts. In so doing, it will require learners to reflect upon their learning experience in terms of how it has enhanced their academic and vocational knowledge and skills, self-esteem and current and future employability. This will enable learners to link their increased effectiveness in a range of work-based tasks and contexts to their extended and enhanced knowledge and skills sets.

In addition, the module will focus upon the creation of a comprehensive and vocationally-relevant personal and professional development plan, arising from forward reflection. The plan will identify a range of future academic and vocational developmental needs, specific to and within a range of work-based and employability contexts, which result in the identification of attainable goals. The plan will also identify and establish how progress towards stated goals may be measured.

Course content

Indicative content includes:

● How learning enhances performance in a range of vocational and work-specific contexts.

● The value of reflection as a tool for improving self-awareness and critical thinking skills.

● Personal and professional development planning.

● Reflecting forward.

● The measurement of progress towards goals.

Assessment Criteria

threshold

Equivalent to 40%. Uses key areas of theory or knowledge to meet the Learning Outcomes of the module. Is able to formulate an appropriate solution to accurately solve tasks and questions. Can identify individual aspects, but lacks an awareness of links between them and the wider contexts. Outputs can be understood, but lack structure and/or coherence.

good

Equivalent to the range 60%-69%. Is able to analyse a task or problem to decide which aspects of theory and knowledge to apply. Solutions are of a workable quality, demonstrating understanding of underlying principles. Major themes can be linked appropriately but may not be able to extend this to individual aspects. Outputs are readily understood, with an appropriate structure but may lack sophistication.

excellent

Equivalent to the range 70%+. Assemble critically evaluated, relevent areas of knowledge and theory to constuct professional-level solutions to tasks and questions presented. Is able to cross-link themes and aspects to draw considered conclusions. Presents outputs in a cohesive, accurate, and efficient manner.

Learning outcomes

  1. Recognise, through reflection, the value of your learning experience in terms of your increased effectiveness in a range of work-based tasks and employability contexts.

  2. Create a vocationally-relevant personal and professional development plan that sets attainable work-based and employability goals and establishes how they may be measured.

  3. Propose, arrange, undertake and document a self-initiated work project

Assessment Methods

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Hours
Work-based learning

20 of the 200 notional learning hours undertaken in the work place - 20 hours theory.

Relevant theoretical material is delivered using a blend of online material via Moodle, tutor visits to the workplace and employer input/support. Assignments for this module aim to link theory to real employment situations and to encourage reflective practice

20
Work-based learning

180 of the 200 notional learning hours undertaken in the workplace - 180 hours of tutor/employer directed student learning.

Relevant theoretical material is delivered using a blend of online material via Moodle, tutor visits to the workplace and employer input/support. Assignments for this module aim to link theory to real employment situations and to encourage reflective practice

180

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
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
  • 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.
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
  • Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
  • Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others

Subject specific skills

  • Knowledge and understanding of facts, concepts, principles & theories
  • Use of such knowledge in modelling and design
  • Problem solving strategies
  • Analyse if/how a system meets current and future requirements
  • Deploy theory in design, implementation and evaluation of systems
  • Recognise legal, social, ethical & professional issues
  • Knowledge and understanding of commercial and economic issues
  • Knowledge of management techniques to achieve objectives
  • Knowledge of information security issues
  • Specify, design or construct computer-based systems
  • Evaluate systems in terms of quality and trade-offs
  • Recognise risk/safety for safe operation of computing equipment
  • Deploy tools effectively
  • Work as a member of a development team
  • Development of general transferable skills
  • Deploy systems to meet business goals
  • Methods, techniques and tools for information modelling, management and security
  • Knowledge of systems architecture
  • Specify, deploy, verify and maintain information systems
  • Defining problems, managing design process and evaluating outcomes
  • System Design
  • Knowledge and/or understanding of appropriate scientific and engineering principles
  • Knowledge and understanding of mathematical principles
  • Knowledge and understanding of computational modelling
  • Specify, deploy, verify and maintain computer-based systems
  • Principles of appropriate supporting engineering and scientific disciplines

Resources

Reading list

Bolton, G.E.J., 2005. Reflective Practice: Writing and Professional Development. 2 nd ed. Sage Publications.

CBI/NUS, 2011. Working towards your future: Making the most of your time in higher education , CBI

Johns, C., 2009. Becoming a Reflective Practitioner. 3 rd ed. Wiley and Blackwell.

Moon, J.A., 2004. A Handbook of Reflective and Experiential Learning . Routledge.

Moon, J.A., 2006. Learning Journals - A Handbook for Reflective Practice and Professional Development. 2 nd ed. Routledge.

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