CMM2001 - Communications in the Workplace

2022/3 Module description

StaffDr Alexander R. E. Taylor - Convenor
Credit Value15
ECTS Value7.5
NQF Level5
Duration of Module Term 1: 15 weeks;

Module description

In this module, you will secure and undertake one or two work placements, totalling at least 40 hours. The module will allow you to develop an understanding of how the skills and knowledge acquired as part of a Communications degree are applicable to the workplace and to extend relevant work-based skills and knowledge in a reflective way. The module provides an opportunity for you to develop an understanding of a business or work environment through practical activities and to gain experience in the use of technologies and applications commonly used in organisations.

Module aims

Workshops: you are required to attend a series of workshops, co-ordinated by the Module Convenor, Employability and Placement Advisor and Employability Manager, with support from the University’s Careers Consultants. Sessions include: Career decision-making, CV and application writing; Recruitment and Selection (including interview experience); sourcing work placements. These intensive workshops take a blended form.

One-to-one consultations: you will be able to have a consultation with the Employability and Placement Advisor to discuss how you secure and make the most of your placement.

Seminars: These sessions will enable you to understand employment-related issues from a range of theoretical and disciplinary perspectives.

Independent work experience and study: with the assistance of the Employability and Placement Advisor, you will be required to organise your own placements, including preparing appropriate CVs and written applications, and to successfully navigate interviews and employment tests. You will work in an agreed professional setting and will reflect on that experience within the context of the module's assessment. It is your responsibility to keep the Module Leader and Employability and Placement Advisor informed of progress in the workplace and of problems that have arisen.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Demonstrate an ability to reflect critically on practical experiences gained, and the impact they may have on your views and actions.
  • 2. Establish connections between the skills acquired as part of a degree in Communication and the skills required in the workplace.
  • 3. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the social, cultural and political considerations which influence employment settings, using appropriate discipline-specific theoretical perspectives to analyse those settings.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. Demonstrate your ability to use appropriate discipline-specific critical approaches to evaluate the social and cultural and political aspects of an employment setting.
  • 5. Demonstrate an ability to communicate (in writing and in speech) in a manner appropriate to the particular workplace context.

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 6. Develop/enhance practical work-based skills and experience.
  • 7. Negotiate the different types of working relationships with staff within the workplace, and others – directly or indirectly – relevant to the placement.
  • 8. Demonstrate the ability to identify and reflect on personal challenges and to learn from your resolution.
  • 9. Demonstrate the ability to use a range of technologies and applications relevant to most workplaces

Syllabus plan

The module will start in Term 3 of Year 1 where you will undertake Employability and placement-focused workshops.

Whilst the content may vary from year to year, it is envisioned that the schedule for this term will include:

  • 16 hours intensive practical workshops with the Employability and Placement Advisor, with support from the University’s Careers Consultants and College Coordinator. Sessions include: Career decision-making, CV and application writing; Recruitment and Selection  (including interview experience); sourcing  work placements. These intensive workshops take a blended form.
  • 1-2-1 consultation with Employability and Placements Advisor about suitable placements and general placement support.

Whilst the content may vary from year to year, it is envisioned that the schedule for Year 2, will include:

  • interdisciplinary seminars
  • Consultations with module tutor
  • Consultations with Employability and Placement Advisor

Placements are complex and their suitability need to be agreed by both the Module Tutor and Employability and Placement Advisor. You must complete the necessary ‘paperwork’ no later than three weeks before the placement begins. Placements should be completed by the beginning of term 3.

Term 3

  • Submission of assessment

Work experience can take place at various points in the year, in one or two blocks or continuously (full time outside of term time or maximum 15 hours/week during term time). The module is designed to enable the work placement(s) to take place at any point between the last workshop and the assessment.

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching16Workshops
Scheduled learning and teaching7Seminars (7 x 1 hour)
Scheduled learning and teaching2Feedback
Placement40Work experience
Guided independent study85Research, reading and essay preparation

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Intensive workshops submission1000 words2,5,6Written
Weekly small group presentations3 minutes each week (Term 1)1-9Verbal

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Individual oral presentation451500 words1-9Feedback sheet with opportunity for tutorial follow-up
Written reflective commentary451500 words1-5, 8Feedback sheet with opportunity for tutorial follow-up
Placement and Seminar participation10Continuous1-9Oral feedback with opportunity for office hours follow-up

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Individual oral presentationOral presentation (10 minutes)1-9Referral/Deferral period
Written reflective commentaryReflective commentary (1000 words)1-5, 8Referral/Deferral period
Seminar participationRepeat study or mitigation1-9N/a

Re-assessment notes

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you will be required to submit a further assessment as necessary. If you are successful on referral, your overall module mark will be capped at 40%.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Basic reading:

  • To be provided in consultation with the Module Leader regarding the specific placement

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Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

Indicative learning resources - Other resources

  • Preparatory materials provided as part of the workshops, including guidance on writing a CV, application letters and an occupational profile. Facilities available in the Employability and Graduate Development Service in Reed Mews. Discipline-based supervisors will provide bibliographical guidance.

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Key words search

Work, experience, placement, communications

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