HUM3998 - Employment Experience UK

2018/9 Module description

StaffMs Isabel Moros - Convenor
Credit Value120
ECTS Value60
NQF Level6
Pre-requisitesHUM2000 or HUM2001
Duration of Module Term 1: One academic year weeks;

Module description

This module will permit Humanities undergraduate students to work in the UK for the whole academic year (a minimum of 28 weeks). You will use one or more work placements to gain skills that equip you to work in the employment market and to improve your knowledge of the work environment. You are encouraged to think about the intercultural competence and the employability skills that you acquire during your year.

You will normally need to have gained an overall average mark for the year of 50% or above at Level 1 in order to participate in ‘Employment Experience.’

Prerequisites: to have studied the workshop element of HUM2000 or HUM2001 (Humanities in the Workplace) and to have participated in the pre-departure briefing sessions for Humanities Employment Experience UK

Suitability: This module is not suitable for Humanities students on the following programmes:
ESNA (English with Study in North America) programme; Modern Languages students.

This module cannot be combined with HUM3999 (Year Abroad).

Module aims

This module aims to:

  • Increase your employability skills in an increasingly competitive market through seeking and successfully gaining a work placement in the UK being in a workplace for a significant period and reflecting on that experience
  • Develop your intercultural awareness and competence through reflection on the experience of employment.
  • Enhance your capacity for self-assessment through structured reflection on your experience
  • Enhance key transferable skills through the managing of your learning in an independent context. i.e. working with others; problem solving; communication; building up resilience; showing leadership attributes

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Produce job applications that represent the students' strengths and target specific employers in an appropriate manner
  • 2. Demonstrate knowledge and application of the attitudes and qualities that are required to function well in a work environment
  • 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. Demonstrate an ability to reflect critically on practical experiences gained, and the impact they may have on your views and actions

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 5. Demonstrate skills in the research, selection and evaluation of specific jobs and the structural context of those jobs
  • 6. Demonstrate an ability to use appropriate discipline-specific critical approaches to evaluate the social and cultural and political aspects of an employment setting
  • 7. Demonstrate an ability to communicate (in writing and in speech) in a manner appropriate to the particular workplace context

ILO: Personal and key skills

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

Syllabus plan

Work placement(s) abroad for the full Academic year (minimum of 28 weeks) in one or more placement approved by the University of Exeter.

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
Work Placement1200Work placement undertaken with an organisation(s) approved by the University of Exeter. The hours are approximate and may vary on an individual basis but are to include all assessment and study time.

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
CVMinimum 750 words1,4,5Written and oral
Reflective proposal500 words2-3,6,10Written and oral

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
Essay/report402000 words2-3,6,10Written and oral
Poster presentation40A1 poster presented orally2-3,6,10Written and oral
Employer's Report20As required1-2,4-5,7-11Written and oral

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Poster presentationPoster presentation2-3,6,10Ref/Def
Employer's ReportReport1-2,4-5,7-11Ref/Def

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Key words search

Employability, work experience, workplace

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