Beyond the BA: Skills for the Next Step
Interdisciplinary Studies Centre (ISC)
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 05 October 2023
Friday 28 June 2024
23 May 2023
Requisites for this module
The module aims to enable second year ISC and Philosophy students to acquire the skills, knowledge and experiences for successfully entering the job market, or continuing on to do post-graduate studies and vocational training once graduated.
It is designed to ensure that you make the most of relevant opportunities available on campus whilst you study. Engaging with these opportunities and gaining a rich mix of extra-curricular and work/volunteering experience, may make a critical difference to whether you succeed in getting the graduate job you want or obtain funding for post-graduate studies.
Alternatively, to fulfil your employability training requirement, you can take the 15 credit module, CS200 Social Entrepreneurs, Sustainability and Community Action, which runs in the Autumn term.
The aims of this module are:
1. To give students a clear understanding of employment, post-graduate studies and training opportunities available to SPAH graduates.
2. To encourage personal reflection on, and planning of, possible career paths, and the specific skills and capabilities required
3. To facilitate understanding, access, and take-up of available work, volunteering, careers orientation, and other extra-curriculum opportunities.
4. To encourage engagement with wider cultural, social, political trends and issues, and to enhance students sense of citizenship.
5. To prepare students for successfully entering the job market or going on to post-graduate studies or vocational training on graduating.
6. To encourage students to make the most of opportunities available on campus for enhancing their employability skills.
7. To give students an understanding of the graduate job market and employers’ preferences, and grasp how to make effective applications in their final year.
By the end of this module the student should:
1. Have a good understanding of their own interests, skills and competencies, and how these are relevant to future careers.
2. Have engaged with a range of employability and skills related events and activities available on campus or elsewhere.
3. Be prepared to make applications for placements, jobs, vocational training and/or post-graduate study in their final year.
Your pass/incomplete status will appear on your degree transcript.
This is a portfolio-based module, which combines a range of teaching and learning methods. It is team-taught and makes intensive use of Moodle. Students are required to attend about five compulsory sessions and a selection of relevant events and activities available in the university and elsewhere. It is primarily assessed on the basis of a reflective essay and CV. Students have considerable choice and autonomy over how they construct their portfolio of relevant experiences, knowledge and skills.
The module is team-taught by tutors from ISC, Philosophy, and the Faculty Employability and Careers team. It comprises of five compulsory 50-minute core sessions, three online Moodle tutorials and requires students to attend four further employability/skills-related activities, events or workshops during the Autumn and Spring terms of their second year. This module is assessed on a 1500 word reflective essay and a professional, up-to-date, well presented, two-page CV.
This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.
Assessment items, weightings and deadlines
|Coursework / exam
||Reflective Essay (1500 words) and 2-Page Professional, Up-to-date CV
Exam format definitions
- Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
- In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
- In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
- In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary,
for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.
Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.
Module is either passed or marked as not completed.
Module is either passed or marked as not completed.
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Steven Gormley, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interdisciplinary Studies Centre General Office - 6.130; Email: email@example.com.
No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
Of 9 hours, 9 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).
* Please note: due to differing publication schedules, items marked with an asterisk (*) base their information upon the previous academic year.
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