CL2PR-Prospects for Classicists and Ancient Historians

Module Provider: Classics
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Level:5
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites: Please note this module may clash with the preparatory week for the Silchester Field School (AR2F4). If you are considering taking both CL2PR and AR2F4 you must discuss this first with the Programme Director.
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded: CL2PL Work placement for Classicists and Ancient Historians
Module version for: 2014/5

Module Convenor: Dr Arietta Papaconstantinou

Email: a.s.papaconstantinou@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
A module designed to foster reflective and employability skills.

Aims:
At the end of their first year of undergraduate study, this module gives students an opportunity to reflect on their degree programme so far and to make plans and set targets for the second year and beyond. The module aims to recognise and enhance the employability of our students. It develops knowledge of the career opportunities that are available to graduates in Classics and Ancient History, and the skills to make effective job applications.

Assessable learning outcomes:
Students who complete the module successfully will be able to:
• compile their own bibliography in an area of interest;
• 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 informed by their understanding of the recruitment and selection processes.

Additional outcomes:
Students will:
• place their chosen areas of study in the wider context of classical scholarship;
• identify, analyse and articulate the skills and interests they have gained from their undergraduate studies and set them in the context of career decision making;
• develop business awareness through understanding broad trends in the graduate labour market and the personal attributes and achievements that employers require;
• develop oral communication and team working skills through practical group exercises;
• develop IT and information handling skills through using the Internet.

Outline content:
The module consists a series of seven thematic sessions intended to foster a reflection on the degree and its prospects, the place of the discipline in the modern world, learning strategies for Parts 2 and 3 to aid with specific skill acquisition and employability in given sectors, as well as talks from recent graduates and from members of the University’s Careers Service.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Sessions will be based on a combination of information about various areas,and discussions in groups under the direction of the lecturer. Students will be expected to do a certain amount of individual research.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 5
Tutorials 2
Guided independent study 93
       
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:
1. A job study (c. 1000 words) combined with a CV, due by 12 noon on the last day of Autumn term (50%)
OR
An application to work on a specific project within an institution, accompanied by a CV, due by 12 noon on the last day of Autumn term (50%)
2. An annotated bibliography (ca 15 titles) in relation to a chosen Part 2 option, due at 12 noon on the Friday of the first week of Spring term (50%)

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

Penalties for late submission:

Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy.
The following penalties will be applied to coursework which is submitted after the deadline for submission:
• 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;
• where the piece of work is submitted more than one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.
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.
(Please refer to the Undergraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guideUG.aspx)

The Module Convener 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:
    n/a

    Requirements for a pass:
    40% overall

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Resubmission by 22nd August.

    Last updated: 8 October 2014

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