AP1SCP-Career Planning (APD students only)

Module Provider: School of Agriculture, Policy and Development
Number of credits: 0 [0 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Mr Nick Beard

Email: n.f.beard@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:

This module is one of two which aims to provide undergraduate students in the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development with the opportunity to develop:
•self-awareness in the context of career decision making,
•knowledge of the career opportunities that are available to them,
•the skills to make effective applications
•an action plan to gain the experience needed and manage the process towards applying for a specific career.

Although the module itself has no credit value, the coursework that is undertaken contributes towards 25% of the module marks for specific modules at Part 2. This is clearly outlined in the relevant module descriptions and the modules are different for each BSc programme in the School. Therefore your attendance at lectures is very important, as is submission of your coursework.

Assessable learning outcomes:
Over the course of the two modules (AP1SCP and AP2SCP) students will be able to:
- Identify, assess and articulate their skills, interests, values and personality traits in the context of career decision making.
- Develop careers information retrieval, research and decision making skills, using a variety of sources
- Recognise and be able to write an effective application (a CV, covering letter and standard application forms) informed by their understanding of the recruitment and selection processes.

Additional outcomes:
Students will develop:
- business awareness through understanding broad trends in the graduate labour market and the personal attributes and achievements that employers require;
- oral communication and team working skills through practical group exercises;
- IT and information handling skills by using the Internet;
- Personal Development Planning (PDP) abilities through the reflective exercises and forward-looking nature of career planning.

Mature students are encouraged to take both AP1SCP and AP2SCP along with other undergraduates. However, those mature students who are not planning to seek paid work after graduating, or who are going to return to a career in which they are already established, may instead choose an assessment path that address career planning in its widest sense, as an alternative to doing the standard assignments.

Outline content:
1. Finding Your Profile (Spring, Part 1)
- Introduction to career planning.
- Brief overview of career opportunities available to graduates in specific degrees
- Becoming more self-aware and recognising skills and attributes for employment.
- Practical exercise (s) to explore and identify transferable skills (e.g. team working roles)
- Online learning material (advice, information and interactive exercises).

2. Gaining Work Experience (Spring Part 1)
- Achieve/enhance skills or experience which might be required to achieve that graduate level job or work placement.
- Learn about opportunities to gain experience relevant to graduate level jobs through placements, intercalated or sandwich year, vacation work.
- Introduction to the use of careers information sources (e.g. web sites) containing information on relevant work experience and placement opportunities

3. Effective Applications to gain work experience placements (Spring, Part 1)
- Brief overview of recruitment and selection procedures
- Practical exercises and advice on recruitment and selection methods (e.g. CVs, applications forms, job interviews) most relevant to students' likely career plans.
- Online learning material (advice, information and interactive exercises).
- How to transfer experience gained in gap year, vacation employment, work experience, voluntary activities into your CV.
- Writing a CV and covering letter which will get you an interview.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Interactive lectures and group work are complemented by self-directed learning using online resources. Teaching is carried out by staff from SEECC, SAPD and, importantly, by graduates and contacts from industry relevant to your degree programme. You are also encouraged to discuss career plans with your personal tutor.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 6
Guided independent study 20
Total hours by term 26.00
Total hours for module 26.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Portfolio 100

Other information on summative assessment:
Coursework: Career Planning Portfolio 1- Spring Part 1
Comprising three formative and two summative tasks:

1. a Personal Skills Profile (Human Traces assignment, formative, 600 words) linked to
2. a completed current Curriculum Vitae designed for work placement/experience during vacation or as an intercalated/sandwich year. Gaining this experience should be specified in your Action Plan. (summative, 75% of marks)
3. a covering letter to accompany the CV (summative, 25% of total marks).
4. your Action Plan for career management from summer Part 1 through to achieving a graduate level job (formative),
5. key learning points, one to be completed and handed in during each of the taught sessions (formative)

Note 1. Although formative assignments do not attract marks, failure to submit them will result in a penalty for each missing assignment.
Note 2. AP1SCP contributes 2.5 credits to a specific Part 2 module. The actual module to which it contributes varies with degree programme and is indicated in your Programme Specification.

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:

    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Portfolios for AP1SCP and AP2SCP to be resubmitted.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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