module specification

SM4051 - Developing Your Career (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18
Module title Developing Your Career
Module level Certificate (04)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Computing and Digital Media
Total study hours 150
 
105 hours Guided independent study
45 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 100%   Portfolio
Running in 2017/18
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Spring semester North Friday Afternoon

Module summary

The module focuses on enabling students to explore career opportunities related to their chosen field of study and develop strategies to enhance career development.
The module also examines professional communication skills development; the role of professional networking and work placements; tools for portfolio and professional social media development; career and employability-related services provided by the university.

Module aims

• To enable students to explore career opportunities related to their chosen field of study.
• To enable students to develop strategies for their career development.

Syllabus

An indicative syllabus includes:  an overview of graduate career opportunities;  skill assessment; the role of university studies in enhancing employability; CV and application writing; the setting-up of social media and digital media tools to build a professional online presence; developing professional communication skills; understanding the role of professional networking and work placements in enhancing employability; identifying tools of portfolio development; exploring career and employability-related services provided by the university; working as a freelance, entrepreneurship opportunities.

Learning and teaching

Teaching methods include lectures and on-line interactive learning material, tutorials, seminar sessions. Students will be expected to attend lectures and take part into on-line activities as well as comment on their readings. A blended learning strategy will be employed to enhance the learning experience. The VLE will be used as a platform to support online discussions and to facilitate formative assessment and related feedback as well as a tool to integrate useful online learning materials provided by professional organisations and other relevant sources.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

LO1 Identify their career aspirations and assess their abilities and skills.
LO2 Explore career patterns and the skills required to achieve their career goals.
LO3 Assess strategies for the development of their career and develop tools to enhance their employability.

Assessment strategy

The assessment strategy will be based on a Portfolio of work that might include: an initial skill assessment; the profiling of a chosen career; a reflection on the relationship between undergraduate studies and potential career paths; CV and application writing; the setting-up of social media and digital media tools to build a professional online presence.

Bibliography

Books
Done, J., Mulvey, R. (2013) Brilliant Graduate Career Handbook, 2 edition. ed, Pearson.

Jenner, S. (2000) The Graduate Career Handbook: Making the Right Start for a Bright Future, 1 edition. ed, Financial Times/ Prentice Hall: London.

Kawasaki, G., Fitzpatrick, P. (2014) The Art of Social Media: Power Tips for Power Users, Penguin.

Kelly, M. (2015) Social Media for Your Student and Graduate Job Search, Palgrave Macmillan: New York.

Licht, A. (2015) Leave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job. Kill It in Your Career. Rock Social Media., Piatkus.

Rook, S. (2013) The Graduate Career Guidebook: Advice for Students and Graduates on Careers Options, Jobs, Volunteering, Applications, Interviews and Self-Employment, Palgrave Macmillan.

Waldman, J. (2015) The Social Media Job Search Workbook:: Your Step-By-Step Guide to Finding Work in the Age of Social Media, 2016 edition. ed, Career Enlightenment LLC.