HUC2001 - Humanities in the Workplace (Penryn)

2020/1 Module description

StaffDr Jamie Hampson - Convenor
Credit Value15
ECTS Value7.5
NQF Level5
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks; Term 3: 11 weeks;

Module description

This module will enable you to study on one or two subject-related placements, totalling at least 40 hours. It will allow you to develop an understanding of how the skills and knowledge acquired as part of a Humanities 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 work and to gain experience in the use of technologies and applications commonly used in organisations.

Module aims

Workshops: you are required to take a series of workshops, co-ordinated by the Module Convenor and Work Placement Co-ordinator, with support from the Employability and Graduate Development Service, on getting started, CV writing, the interview experience, applications and letter-writing, corporate and commercial awareness and managing expectations. These will take the shape of a two-day intensive workshop followed by two follow-up workshops of two hours each.

One-to-one consultations: you will have one-to-one consultations with the Humanities Work Placement Co-ordinator, in which an appropriate placement will be discussed. You will also have the opportunity of scheduled consultations with a discipline-based supervisor, and the option of a feedback session with a Careers Advisor.

Seminars: you will participate in a series of 5 x 1 hour seminars led by a module tutor. These sessions will enable students to understand employment-related issues from the perspective of a range of theoretical and disciplinary perspectives.

Independent work experience and study: with the assistance of the Humanities Work Placement Co-ordinator, students will be required to organise their own placements, including preparing appropriate CVs and cover letters, and to navigate successfully interviews and employment tests. They will work for at least 40 hours in an agreed professional setting and will reflect on that experience within the context of the module's assessment. It is the responsibility of the student to keep the Module Leader informed of progress in the workplace and of problems that have arisen.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. 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 the Humanities 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
  • 4. Produce job applications that represent your strengths and target specific employers in an appropriate manner

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 5. Demonstrate your skills in the research, selection and evaluation of specific jobs and the structural context of those jobs
  • 6. Use appropriate discipline-specific critical approaches to evaluate the social and cultural and political aspects of an employment setting
  • 7. Communicate (in writing and in speech) in a manner appropriate to the particular workplace context
  • 8. Critically analyse and reflect upon the communicative practices (textual and verbal) used in the workplace

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 9. Develop / enhance practical work-based skills and experience
  • 10. Negotiate the different types of working relationships with staff within the workplace, and others - directly or indirectly - relevant to the placement
  • 11. Identify and reflect on personal challenges and to learn from their resolution
  • 12. Use a range of technologies and applications relevant to most work places

Syllabus plan

The module will start in Term 3 of Year 1.

The schedule for this term will include:

  • 1 day-long practical workshop on Recruitment and Selection (including interview experience)
  • A total of 10 hours of workshops covering CV Writing; application and letter-writing; sourcing and selecting a placement.
  • Consultation with Work Placement Co-ordinator and Module Convenor.

The schedule for Year 2 will include:

  • 5 x 1-hour interdisciplinary seminars
  • Consultations with module tutors
  • Submission of assessment

Work experience can take place at various points in the year, in one or two blocks or continuously (with a maximum 15hours per 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 Teaching12Workshops
Scheduled Learning and Teaching4Follow up workshops
Scheduled Learning and Teaching5Seminars
Scheduled Learning and Teaching 1Workshop on presentation skills
Scheduled learning and teaching2Feedback
Placement/Study abroad40Work experience
Guided independent study86Research, reading and essay preparation

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
CV writing, interview experience, applications and letter-writingWorkshop4-5In workshop

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
Oral presentation, or scripted presentation and slides 4510 minutes1-3, 6-12Feedback sheet with opportunity for tutorial follow-up
Reflective commentary451000 words1-3, 6-12Feedback sheet with opportunity for tutorial follow-up
Seminar and workshop participation10Continuous-3,6-11Oral 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
Oral presentation, or scripted presentation and slidesOral presentation, or scripted presentation and slides1-3, 6-12Referral/Deferral period
Reflective commentaryReflective commentary1-3, 6-12Referral/Deferral period
ParticipationRepeat study or mitigation1-3, 6-11N/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

  • Cottrell, S. (2003), Skills for Success: The Personal Development Planning Handbook . Palgrave Study Guides. London
  • Fanthorne, C. (2004), Work Placements – A Survival Guide for Students . Palgrave Study Guides. Macmillan, London.
  • Kolb, D. (1984), ‘Experiential Learning: Experience as a source of Learning and Development.’ PHI, New Jersey.
  • Longson, S. (1999), Making Work Experience Count . How to Books.
  • Moon, J. (1999), Learning Journals: A handbook for academics, students and professional development . Kogan Page. London

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Preparatory materials provided as part of the workshops, including guidance on writing a CV, application letters and an occupational profile. Facilities are available in the Career Zone in the Exchange Building at the Penryn Campus. Discipline-based supervisors will provide bibliographical guidance.

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