module specification

SH5W01 - Development for Employment (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18
Module title Development for Employment
Module level Intermediate (05)
Credit rating for module 30
School School of Social Professions
Total study hours 300
219 hours Guided independent study
81 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Practical Examination 40%   Presentation
Coursework 60%   Personal development portfolio
Running in 2017/18
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Year North Tuesday Afternoon

Module summary

This work-based module provides students with opportunities to develop and enhance skills for employment.  Emphasis will be placed on student’s individual learning and development; opportunities will be provided for students to engage in mentor sessions with tutors to discuss, appraise and plan their personal and professional development.  Students will also be provided with opportunities to apply employability skills through recruitment and selection activities.

Module aims

This module aims to enable students to:
- Undertake a work-based placement
- Apply prior knowledge and relate specific knowledge and skills to real-life situations in a work environment
- Develop new capabilities and skills relating to employment
- Engage in personal and professional development planning
- Engage in recruitment processes


Some of the key areas include:
- Preparation for placement
- Self-development principles and practice
- Self-awareness and management
- Goal setting and personal development planning
- Trends in employment sectors and employers needs
- Approaches to employers and consideration of organisational cultures
- Selection methods
- Developing networks and resources
- Career development
- Critical reflection and analysis
- Reflective practice and writing
- Interview skills
- Mentoring and coaching

Learning and teaching

Placement / work-based learning forms a core element of this module.  Seminar sessions provide opportunities for students to discuss their practical experiences, helping them to constantly make links between their practical and their theoretical understanding, as they further develop their professional skills and knowledge.  Opportunities are provided for individual mentor sessions with tutors to discuss, appraise and plan student’s personal and professional development.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:
1. Apply their prior learning in an appropriate work environment and relate specific knowledge and skills to real-life work situations (portfolio)
2. Undertake work based activities which develop new capabilities and skills (portfolio)
3. Reflect constructively on their professional learning and set targets for the future development of their knowledge and skills (portfolio)
4. Demonstrate employability skills in relation to employers’ needs and emerging employment trends (presentation) 
5. Apply employability skills through recruitment and selection activities (presentation)

Assessment strategy

Students will demonstrate that they have met the learning outcomes through:
1. A 10 minute ‘interview question’ presentation  [LO1 and 5]
2. The submission of a personal development portfolio (equivalent to 3000 words) [LO 2, 3 and 4]


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