ED2ECMS-Student Enterprise and Careers Management Skills

Module Provider: Institute of Education
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites: Prereq TAEDS Part 1
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Ms Lucy O'Keeffe

Email: l.m.okeeffe@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
The numerous industries and vocations associated with this degree require students to be enterprising and skilled, not only in terms of their subject area but also their ability to manage themselves and their careers professionally and be aware of the differing requirements of all associated professions.

The module is in two linked sections, which are assessed separately.

Section 1 – Careers Management Skills is undertaken in collaboration with staff from Careers. This 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. In addition it aims to prepare them for the Part 3 work-related placement module.

Section 2 – Enterprise aims to provide students with the opportunity to develop a range of skills necessary to establish a new enterprise development in fields associated with Drama, Education and Deaf Studies. Students will develop an understanding of what is required to pitch, start and manage a new venture, applying basic skills in business planning, organising, and directing.

Assessable learning outcomes:
On successful completion of the module students will be able to:

• Examine a variety of professional roles involved in professional fields associated with Drama, Education and Deaf Studies

• 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 interviews

• Recognise and be able to write an effective Curriculum Vitae and use Social Media as a positive network to source career opportunities

• Identify the purpose and the processes of recruitment interviews and understand how to perform effectively.
• Describe and discuss the process of business start-up including creativity and opportunity recognition, market research, business planning, management of roles and raising finance

• Plan, develop and present a business idea, exploring the logistics of making this a fully operating venture through case studies and research

Additional outcomes:
Students will develop communication and team working skills through practical group exercises. They will appraise group dynamics directly in relation to effective and ethical working practices. IT skills and information handling skills will be developed through the use of the internet.

Through the processes involved in exploring various business ventures, career paths and companies, students are expected to identify and secure a placement between Years 2 and 3 of their studies, leading into ED3WP – The Working Place.

Outline content:
Section 1. consists of three elements that relate to the stages in effective career planning - self-awareness, opportunity awareness and decision-making, and transition skills (Effective Applications). All learning materials are available on the Internet at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/careers/.

Having undertaken career planning, students will then research and begin to plan their work-related placement for the Part 3 module, The Working Place.

Section 2 Enterprise will be delivered via a Mini-Venture Day, where students will design their own mini-ventures in associated fields, e.g. an after school drama club. They will address finance/funding, marketing and standard business practices such as action planning, evaluation and appraisal.

In addition students will address the moral and ethical dimensions of their projects and potential media skills required to promote their ventures.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Section 1: Seminars, tutorials, practical exercises and demonstrations of the associated with Reading Careers on-line learning materials, which offer students a range of information and exercises with guidelines, instructions and relevant background reading.

Section 2. Workshops and Seminars supported by the Henley Business School and/or influential business people within the arts industry. Students will work in small groups to plan, develop, manage and present their new business ventures. This will be at the heart of the section: preceded by preparatory sessions in which basic concepts are introduced and with follow-up evaluation seminars.

Linking both sections, there will be various sessions with guest lecturers and professionals from various associated fields who will talk about their own work and training involved and, where appropriate, lead practical workshops with the students. This may include notions of Citizenship and Global Citizenship with potential input from the Reading International Solidarity Centre (RISC).

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 6 6 4
Seminars 14 6 6
Tutorials 2 4
Project Supervision 6
Practicals classes and workshops 8
Supervised time in studio/workshop 2
External visits 6
Guided independent study 50 40 40
Total hours by term 80.00 60.00 60.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 50
Oral assessment and presentation 25
Set exercise 25

Other information on summative assessment:
• Section 1 - Targeted CV’s (50%)
• Section 2 – Presentation and business plan (50%)

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:
    Written Assignments can be resubmitted during the summer resit period. The presentation may be reassessed through an alternative form of assessment during the summer resit period.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
    1) Required text books: Via TALIS – no purchases required
    2) Specialist equipment or materials:
    3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
    4) Printing and binding: Two printed copies of Business Plan Presentation, dependant on length of presentation. 5p per page (estimated cost of 20p)
    5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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