AR2F20-Professional Practice

Module Provider: Archaeology
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Summer term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Ms Amanda Clarke


Summary module description:
This module aims to encourage students to consider, at an early stage in their university career, the possible career paths open to them based upon the skills and experience gained as part of their Archaeology degree and their individual interests.

This module aims to prepare students for the world of work, either within the field of Archaeology or in other employment sectors. Specifically, this module will prepare students for the challenges of researching, applying for, and successfully gaining jobs upon graduation, as well as providing them with the chance to recognise placements, work experience and other opportunities within the department, School and university, which will enhance their career prospects. This module will also provide students with the opportunity to develop their self-awareness and self-promotion in the context of career decision-making, particularly in identifying career opportunities both within and outside of the archaeological discipline. It will also enhance their understanding of employer expectations and how to meet them (i.e. how to successfully promote employability and transferable skills).

Assessable learning outcomes:
On completion of this module it is expected that the student will be able to:
• Reflect on the relevance of their Archaeology degree programme for future career planning and think critically about career development and employability
• Identify and harness the transferable skills that they are developing through their degree studies in order to manage their own career development
• Research personal career profile options and write a tailored application and/or personal profile
• Develop time management and general personal and organisational skills through working within a team

Additional outcomes:
This module also aims to encourage:
• An appreciation of the importance of contacts and networking
• An understanding of how to translate a degree in archaeology into careers within and beyond the heritage industry
• Self-reflection, and recognition of the potential of personal qualities and expertise
• Written communication skills, including the ability to organise material and articulate critical reflections effectively
• IT skills through the use of digital technologies and online resources
• An understanding of recruitment and selection processes
• Awareness of the services and opportunities offered to students by the university’s Careers, Placement and Experience Centre (CPEC)

Outline content:

The Module will be introduced in the Summer Term of Part 1, and students will be encouraged to keep a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) log to record and reflect on vocational and transferable skills developed throughout their degree programme, including skills gained over the summer vacation (e.g at the Part 2 Archaeology Field School or through other activities). These CPD and skills’ logs will form the basis of a formative portfolio. Students will also be encouraged to undertake the RED award, and Placements throughout their undergraduate years. The Autumn and Spring Terms of Part 2 will be devoted to practical classroom sessions, incorporating Team Based Learning (TBL), and requiring students to complete a component of computer-based self-learning using the web-enabled resources available from CPEC. The final session of the Autumn Term will give the students the opportunity to meet archaeology and other graduates and to learn about their career choices and pathways, and experience of the world of work. Students will also be required to attend the University Careers’ Fair, and to reflect on its usefulness as part of their reflective portfolio. In the Spring term of Part 2 there will be a TBL session devoted to creating CVs, and a 1:1 CV session with a member of CPEC. As part of this process, students will then have to produce a ‘before and after’ CV, with reflection on how the ‘after’ CV has been improved through interaction with CPEC. During the Autumn and Spring terms, students will be required to take a minimum number of options from a package of training modules delivered centrally by CPEC, and to reflect on their usefulness, as part of a reflective portfolio which will make up part of the formative assessment.. This portfolio and the CV assignment (summative assessment) will be submitted on a deadline set by the Department. There will be opportunities throughout the module to discuss/receive feedback on a range of topics, including effective applications, and the potential (and pitfalls) of virtual presences and interviews.

Global context:
Motivated students interested in the global context can gain an understanding of working abroad in archaeology or other disciplines, depending on the staffing available at the time of running.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Students will be divided into teams for the duration of the module. Teaching and learning methods will include a combination of taught sessions incorporating Team Based Learning methods, tutorials/ seminars and on-line learning. Students will be required to do some pre-reading in advance of the classroom sessions, which they will then be tested on within their teams. Reflection on all workshops and training courses will be a key part of the T&L methods and will be incorporated in a reflective portfolio

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 4 4
Seminars 2 2
Tutorials 2
Practicals classes and workshops 8 4
Guided independent study 25 35 14
Total hours by term 37.00 47.00 16.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 20
Class test administered by School 80

Other information on summative assessment:

Assessment will take place within the classroom as part of the Team Based Learning exercises. The mark will be a cumulative one on the basis of the team based tests. At the end of the Spring term each student will be required to produce a ‘before and after’ CV for their Personal Tutor, incorporating feedback from the team sessions, and building on feedback received from the 1:1 CPEC session. Students who are unable to take part in the class-based tests will be set alternative coursework. Relative percentage of coursework: 100% Examinations: None

Formative assessment methods:
Workshops with the module convenors and CPEC staff, and networking events. Using Team Based Learning methods, each team will be given feedback on their application exercises. Production of a reflective portfolio at the end of the Spring Term, which describes attendance at training modules and Careers fairs etc, and builds on the student experience of the workshops and 1:1 sessions, will form part of the formative assessment.

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:
    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.

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    Requirements for a pass:

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Re-submission of the CV and alternative coursework assignment in August/September (on deadlines to be agreed by the Department).

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    Last updated: 31 March 2017

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