Module Information

Module Identifier
SS25110
Module Title
Work Experience
Academic Year
2015/2016
Co-ordinator
Semester
Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials 5 x 2 hours
 

Assessment

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Work Experience Portfolio  100%
Supplementary Assessment Resubmit Work Experience Portfolio  100%

Learning Outcomes

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

Complete a self-analysis of skills, strengths and weaknesses.

Secure and complete 50 hours of work experience.

Demonstrate knowledge of what the employing organization does, how it is managed, and what the student's role within the organization is, together with an awareness of statutory regulations such as Health and Safety.

Demonstrate an ability to apply and evaluate skills and knowledge in a work situation.

Produce an action plan for future development of personal employability skills.

Implement skills and strategies needed for securing post career employment.

Aims


 
 With approximately 100 institutions of higher education offering courses in, and related to, the sport and exercise sciences, a large number of graduates enter the job market each year. Often, to be attractive to future employees, graduates need to have skills and experiences in addition to their academic expertise. The work experience module provides opportunities for students to reflect on and progress their employability skills and gain experience in the work force, while earning credit towards their degree, to compliment their academic development. The learning and experiences that students receive during the work experience module may help their employability once they graduate. As a secondary rationale, students may have opportunities to apply their sport and exercise science knowledge in real-world environments.
 
 

Content


 
 A large component of the module involves work experience and independent self-reflection, and as such the majority of the content is determined by the individual needs of the students. Students are offered opportunities to engage with the services of the careers department and will learn practical job hunting skills and ways to be productive employees.
 
 

Brief description

The work experience module is designed to allow students to use 50 hours of paid or voluntary work as an opportunity for self-development and to improve employment prospects. The module begins with students identifying possible work experiences and examining personal skills, strengths and weaknesses. The module continues with the work experience, leading to the submission of a portfolio of material which will form the assessment. The work experience can be in any type of employment and can take place at any time, in term-time or vacation, between the end of the first year and the end of the second year. The module is fully supported by on-line resources to allow contact and guidance to be maintained whenever and wherever students find work.

Before the student can undertake any work experience they must get agreement from the Sports and Exercise Department that the employer is suitable. They must ensure both sections of the "Work Experience Module: Health and Safety Questionnaire" are completed and a letter from the company's broker/insurance agent which identifies the level of liability insurance cover and clearly states the dates for which the cover is valid is included. A copy of this questionnaire and letter must be handed over to the department prior to commencement of any work expericne and a copy included in the assessed portfolio.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number If relevant to work experience.
Communication Written and oral.
Improving own Learning and Performance Completing portfolio.
Information Technology If relevant to work experience.
Personal Development and Career planning Completing portfolio.
Problem solving Obtaining and completing work experience placement.
Research skills Obtaining work experience.
Subject Specific Skills
Team work If relevant to work experience.

Notes

This module is at CQFW Level 5