CL2PL-Work placement for Classicists and Ancient Historians

Module Provider: Classics
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring / Summer / Autumn module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Placement opportunity: Mini placement
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Prof Eleanor Dickey


Summary module description:
A work placement module.

This module aims to recognise and enhance the employability of students. It rewards student achievement in securing, pursuing and evaluating work placements relevant to graduate careers that match their aspirations.

Assessable learning outcomes:
Students who complete the module successfully will:
• secure a work placement by applying with a CV and covering letter;
• evaluate the success and usefulness of the placement

Additional outcomes:
Students will:
• gain significant experience in placements relevant to graduate careers.

Outline content:
Students are expected to secure their own placements of at least 5 days, normally to be completed during the summer vacation preceding Part 2 study. Placements may be paid or unpaid. A small number of unpaid placements will be available in academic departments and other parts of the university campus. Ample advice and support on securing placements will be available from the Careers Advisory Service. Students who do not secure placements will be asked to transfer to another 10 credit module instead.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
An initial briefing and follow-up meeting at the end of the spring term of Year 1 will give advice on how to secure a placement, and develop skills writing CVs and covering letters. At the start of the Part 2 autumn term following the placement students will meet for a debriefing and for guidance on how to write the evaluation.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 2
Seminars 1
Guided independent study 57
Placement 40
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Other information on summative assessment:
Coursework due by 12 noon on the Friday of week 3 of the Part 2 autumn term following the placement, consisting of:
1. a journal written while on the placement
2. an evaluation of the placement (about 2000 words)

Formative assessment methods:
Students will also have the opportunity of a one-to-one session with a careers adviser.

Listed under Autumn term above are two one hour lectures held in the Spring term of Part 1 and also 57 hours of guided independent study and 40 hours of placement to be completed over Summer preceeding commencement of Part 2 study.

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.

    Length of examination:

    Requirements for a pass:
    40% overall

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Resubmission in August.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
    1) Required text books:
    2) Specialist equipment or materials:
    3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
    4) Printing and binding:
    5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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