ENG-20055 - Work Placement for Humanities Students
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Level: Level 5
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
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Programme/Approved Electives for 2019/20


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2019/20

This module aims to
- enhance the career knowledge and employability of students studying Humanities subjects;
- support students in effectively researching and applying for employment roles;
- provide students with first-hand experience of the day-to-day operations of a relevant working environment, including developing their ability to work co-operatively and productively with others;
- encourage Humanities students to apply and reflect on the range of degree-relevant skills in a broader work context;
- develop students┐ capacity to construct and carry through independent tasks/projects;
- increase students┐ knowledge of and familiarity with the University Careers Service.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Reflect upon and convey their experiences and (subject-specific) skills developed through their education and additional experiences in order to be effective in securing additional work experience and employment or further study: 1,2,3
Understand the variety of ways in which skills developed during the study of Humanities subjects can be deployed in non-academic contexts: 1,2,3
Understand the aims and priorities, and possible limitations, of an external organisation and design and complete effective activities/projects/materials that support these: 2,3
Assess their own strengths and weaknesses in an employment context and reflect on their progress through the module: 1,2,3
Work flexibly, reliably, and cooperatively with others: 3
Articulate their placement experiences effectively and reflect on their enhanced skill set in front of an audience, utilising visual aids: 2

Study hours

Semester 1: 10 hours formal teaching (workshops); 1 hour (individual meeting(s) with discipline lead)
Semester 2: 75 hours of placement; 2 hours formal teaching (1 x 2-hour workshop assessment preparation); 2 hours assessment session (2-hour presentation session with others from subject area); 1 hour (individual meeting(s) with discipline lead)
Preparation and applying for placement (including assessment 1): 16 hours
Preparation for Presentation (Assessment 2): 13 hours
Preparation for Portfolio (Assessment 3): 30 hours

School Rules

Cap module at 12 students per discipline area:
e.g. English, EALs, Film (12); History, American Studies (12); Media, Film (12) = 36 students.

Description of Module Assessment

1: Assignment weighted 20%
Placement Plan
Students will submit a CV and any other application materials used to secure their placement, and a placement plan completed after a conversation with their placement supervisor stating ILOs and expectations. This enables the module convenor to assess the suitability of the placement and make a decision about students' continuance on the module. This assessment should be handed in and marked by the end of semester one.

2: Presentation weighted 30%
Individual Presentation
Students will deliver a ten-minute individual presentation which will be delivered to their subject group and assessed by the subject lead/module convenor. This will either be at the end, or towards the end of their placement, towards the end of semester 2. Students will summarise their activities and critically reflect on the challenges they faced and will be asked constructive questions to help push their reflections further.

3: Portfolio weighted 50%
Portfolio including critically reflective essay and final CV
Students will submit a 500-word summary of activities completed on placement; any evidence of these activities (e.g. written work, lesson plans, photographs, promotional materials etc); a 2,000-word critical reflection focusing on a critical incident (which could focus on approaches to a particular workplace challenge (a task, project, situation etc), and/or on the importance of Humanities skills in the workplace). The portfolio is intended to be presented so that it can be shown to a potential employer in future, and should also include a placement provider report and attendance record (included in the module handbook). A final CV, responding to feedback from Assessment 1, should also be included.