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]
Level:5
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Placement opportunity: Micro placement
Module version for: 2017/8

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. (2) To encourage students to think about, and plan more systematically for, their future careers. This takes place late in the the Spring Term of year 1. 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.


Aims:

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. (2) To encourage students to think about, and plan more systematically for, their future careers. This takes place late in the the Spring Term of year 1. 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.


Assessable learning outcomes:

(1) Students should be able to:

 



- Organise and undertake a mini work-placement in an area of environmental management



- Critically reflect on the personal and professional learning opportunities afforded to them during the work-placement undertaken



 (2) Through career planning:

• 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 aims to encourage the development of the following skills:

• Working with other people 

• An understanding of the requirements of the workplace 

(2) Students will also 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 (related to environmental management), which may help in application for employment or further study. You will select a work placement in consultation with the module convenor and the Careers Advisor. 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. 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 35 hours in total, either in a single block or one day a week, between the end of the Part 1 examinations and the end of the Easter Vacation of Part 2.  The assessment part of the module will help students to reflect on what they have achieved and experienced. Students will be expected to attend a session in the Spring Term of Part 2 to feedback on their experience to staff and Part 1 students. 

(2) This 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 the module convenor prior to starting and will ensure completion of the appropriate form before and during the placement. Students will be expected to complete  no less than 30 hours of placement which can be in one block or on a part-time basis spread over the course of a number of weeks. Students will be expected to feedback on their work place experience during the Spring term of Part 2.

(2) Each of the three elements in effective career planning are introduced in lecture sessions in the Spring Term of Part 1, supplemented by practical exercises and self directed learning using on-line materials available on the Internet at: http://www.rdg.ac.uk/Careers/cms.



 



Contact hours per term will be dependent upon the timing of the student’s individual placement. Hours below are indicative only.


Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 10
Work-based learning 35
Guided independent study 5 45 5
       
Total hours by term 5.00 55.00 40.00
       
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Portfolio 100

Other information on summative assessment:

(1) WPE: a reflective account of skills and experiences gained – consider what has been learnt during the time in the workplace. Workplace providers will be required to write a testimony. The submission for the WPE assignment is  the second week 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):


    1. Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear: Students will need to provide any neccessary clothing, footwear or PPE if undertaking a practical based placement, unless these are provided by the employer.

    2. Travel, accommodation and subsistence: Students will have to pay for any such costs associated with undertaking their placement


    Last updated: 31 March 2017

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