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

● 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

the student’s conceptual awareness of the theory and practice contained within the module has only generated a narrow range of ideas and analysis. The student’s responses are loosely defined in relation to the conclusions, with limited evidence of linking abstract theories to a range of specialised skills and practices. The assessment demonstrates limited personal application of academic skills and is reliant upon a narrow range of sources.

good

the student’s conceptual awareness of the theory and practice contained within the module has generated a broad range of ideas and analysis. The student’s responses are closely defined in relation to the conclusions, with some evidence of linking abstract theories to a range of specialised skills and practices. The assessment demonstrates personal application of academic skills and is based upon a varied range of sources.

excellent

the student’s conceptual awareness of the theory and practice contained within the module has generated a relevant range of ideas and analysis. The student’s responses are clearly defined in relation to the conclusions, with consistent evidence of linking abstract theories to a range of specialised skills and practices. The assessment demonstrates comprehensive personal application of academic skills and is based upon a diverse range of sources.

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.
    1. Create a vocationally-relevant personal and professional development plan that sets attainable work-based and employability goals and establishes how they may be measured.
    1. 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
  • 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.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.

Courses including this module

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