ED3WP-The Working Place

Module Provider: Institute of Education
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Pre-requisites: ED2ECMS Student Enterprise and Careers Management Skills
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Ms Lucy O'Keeffe

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

Summary module description:
ED3WP is an experiential module designed to broaden students’ understanding of working practices and diversity in the various fields open to TAEDS graduates.

This module aims to give students practical experience of the areas of work associated with Theatre Arts, Education & Deaf Studies and to help them acquire some understanding of their chosen sector in relation to prospective employment. It will assist students in developing a greater awareness of the working place (be it with a theatre company, school or other associated fields) and the demands and workloads. It provides an opportunity to develop students’ career management skills further and to enable them to clarify where their specific interests lie. In addition, it should help them to identify their own strengths and weaknesses, fostering the ability to take responsibility for their own learning and to provide foundation work in self-management and organisation of study: skills which may feed into their Final Project, (Performance or Dissertation).

Assessable learning outcomes:
On successful completion of the module students will be able to:
• demonstrate a working knowledge of the practices and issues within their chosen sector and that the work accomplished in the placement has fulfilled the employer’s requirements.
• have managed their own work schedule on the placement, giving evidence of independence, self-motivation, self-reflection and critically evaluating their experiences.
• have delivered an engaging presentation, synthesising their learning during the placement.
• articulate a clear understanding of the aims and objectives of a chosen establishment, analysing these in relation to the theory.
• demonstrate an understanding of the transferable skills that have been developed both from the work placement and the course.

Additional outcomes:
Students will need to use their initiative, practising their organisational and negotiation skills outside the university environment. They may gain valuable experience and contacts to help them to decide on a career and support them in their chosen path.

Outline content:
Students are responsible for arranging their own placements (which should occur from June to September, between Years 2 and 3 of the programme). They should do so in consultation with their tutor/Placement Development Officer, who will be able to advise them. Once the placement has been set up, students will work for the employer for no less than 4 weeks (based on 30 hrs per week – this can be full or part time). After their placement, students will give an assessed presentation to Year 2 ED2ECMS students. The content of the module will necessarily vary from placement to placement, as will the nature of the work undertaken. This will be established in consultation with the tutor, according to the framework specified below under assessment. Guidelines are provided by tutors, but students are responsible for identifying topics through which to apply these.

Global context:
Students may undertake placements abroad, subject to approval and communication considerations.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Students will research and secure their own placement, with individual tutorials as appropriate. During the placement they will be expected to keep a Log book, which will involve discussion and research at the place of work. Afterward, they will independently prepare and deliver the associated Presentation.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 4
Tutorials 2
Practicals classes and workshops 4
Guided independent study 50
Placement 140
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Portfolio 50
Oral assessment and presentation 50

Other information on summative assessment:
- Structured Logbook that includes a critical self-assessment of the skills and understanding acquired and a reflective assessment by student (approx. 3,000 - 3,500 words) (50%)

- Presentation (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:
    •An overall mark of 40%.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    The practical elements can be reassessed by alternative methods e.g. in-depth case study during the summer resit period. The Written Assignment can be resubmitted during the summer resit period following delivery of the module.

    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: Dependent on work placement appropriate clothing may be required.
    4) Printing and binding: Two printed copies of 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: Students arrange their own placement. Dependent on the nature of the placement student will need to consider travel and accommodation costs so may need to budget accordingly. University of Reading Careers Centre has a hardship fund for students who match their criteria .

    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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