AP2AE35-Career Planning and Professional Practice for BSc Environmental Management

Module Provider: School of Agriculture, Policy and Development
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Placement opportunity: Mini placement
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Miss Rebecca Jerrome

Email: r.m.jerrome@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:

The module has two main aims:
(1) To provide an opportunity for students to extend the knowledge gained in the first year of the programme; understand the context in which environmental management organisations operate and gain experience of the types of activity and professional roles in environmental management. (5-credits)
(2) To encourage students to think about, and plan more systematically for, their future careers. This takes place late in the Summer Term of year 1 and the Spring Term of year 2. This module component aims to provide students with the opportunity to develop self-awareness in the context of career decision making, knowledge of the career opportunities that are available to them, and the skills to make effective applications (5-credits).

Assessable learning outcomes:
(1) After your work place experience (WPE) should be able to:
•evaluate your placement role within the organisation, drawing upon relevant academic understandings and perspectives;
•critically evaluate the work undertaken by yourself and others;
•understand how your skills fit into the organisational context; and
•identify the criteria necessary for you to enhance your value to the organisation in the context of graduate employment.
(2) Through AP1SCP & AP2SCP, you should 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 including the Internet and where appropriate interviews.
•recognise and be able to write an effective application (a CV and covering letter) informed by their understanding of the recruitment and selection processes.

Additional outcomes:
(1) WPE: The module also aims to encourage the development of the following skills:
•Working with other people
•An understanding of the requirements of the workplace
(2) AP1SCP & AP2SCP: Students will develop:
•Business awareness through understanding broad trends in the graduate labour market and the personal attributes and achievements that employers require;
•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, which will significantly contribute to PDP activities.

Outline content:
(1) WPE: The module is designed to give the students some work placement experience in a field of their choice which may help in application for employment or further study. You will select a work placement in consultation with the School’s Placement Co-ordinator, your Programme Director and your Personal Tutor. It should be with a recognised organisation appropriate to your specialisation and be able to provide you with some opportunity for independent problem solving and team working. Some placements may involve working as a small team with one or two other students from your programme. Although the area of work undertaken on the placement should be related to your degree, the day to day content will be set by the employer. The placement must be approved, in advance of commencement, by the Module Convenor. Except in agreed exceptions, it will not be possible to approve placements retrospectively. The placement must be for a minimum of 80 hours in total, either in a single block or one day a week, sometime between the end of the summer term in Part 1 and the end of Autumn term in Part 2. The assessment part of the module will help students to reflect on what they have achieved and experienced.
(2) AP1SCP & AP2SCP: The module components consists of three elements that relate to the stages in effective career planning, self-awareness (Finding Your Profile), opportunity awareness and decision making (Finding the Fit), and transition skills (Effective Applications).

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
(1) WPE: Students will discuss placements with their appointed supervisor prior to starting and will be in regular contact during their placement. Students will be expected to complete 10 days of placement which can be in one block or spread over the course of 2 terms completing 0.5 days per week. Students will be expected to make a presentation based on their work place experience during the Autumn term of Part 2.
(2) AP1SCP & AP2SCP: Each of the three elements in effective career planning are introduced in lecture sessions supplemented by practical exercises and self directed learning using on-line materials available on the Internet at: http://www.rdg.ac.uk/Careers/cms.

The contact hours are indicative. The hours for the WPE can be spread across the Autumn and Spring terms.

Please note that the Summer term content takes place in the Summer term at the end of Part 1.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 6 6
Work-based learning 80
Guided independent study 4 4
Total hours by term 80.00 10.00 10.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Portfolio 100

Other information on summative assessment:
(1) WPE: a reflective portfolio of skills and experiences gained – consider what has been learnt during the time in the workplace and gather testimonies from people they have worked with. The submission for the portfolio is the first day of the Summer Term of Part 2.
(2) Career planning portfolio - details on the Career Planning Blackboard site.

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:
    By submission of coursework for failed element.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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