HS2MC1-My Career: Working It Out

Module Provider: History
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites: HS2PHI Public History: Its Uses and Abuses
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Prof Lindy Grant

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

Summary module description:
This module is compulsory for all Single-Subject History students.

This module aims to enhance personal career-development within the Part 2 History degree programme by providing students with an opportunity to consider their future career options and to develop strategies for building successful careers after graduation. The emphasis will be on critical thinking, identifying the transferable skills arising from the study of History at degree level, and developing additional skills directly relevant to successful job applications, including compiling a CV and reflecting productively on previously undertaken employment and/or voluntary work experience.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module, it is expected that students will be able to:
•Reflect on the relevance of the History degree programme for future career planning and think critically about career development and employability
•Identify and evaluate the transferable skills that they are developing through their degree studies
•Identify and evaluate the particular personal qualities that they would bring to the workplace, both strengths and weaknesses, in the light of personality tests, and constructive, critical reflection on previous work experience
•Compile an effective CV and gain an understanding of how to extend and adapt it for future work applications.

Additional outcomes:
The module also aims to develop:
•Employability skills through arranging and undertaking at least 5 days employment or voluntary work experience in advance of the start of the module
•Written communication skills, including the ability to organise material and articulate critical reflections effectively
•IT skills through 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.

Outline content:
The module will introduce students to the wide range of careers options open to History graduates, the use of personality tests by employers to assess what applicants can bring to the workplace, and the art of writing an effective application. Assessment will be by coursework comprising a reflective report of up to 2,500 words, and an accompanying CV. Under specified sub-headings, the report should discuss career ideas and preferences, what has been learned from the experience of 5 days’ employment and/or voluntary work previously arranged independently or with the help of CPEC, the potential of the transferable skills developed on the History degree programme to enhance career prospects, and an analysis and assessment of the personal qualities that the student can bring to the workplace.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
In the lecture programme, Careers staff will cover career options and planning, personality testing and an introduction to CV-writing. Outside speakers will be invited to give first-hand insights into different career options for History graduates. Careers staff will support the lectures with timetabled small-group seminars focussing on effective CV compilation and reflective writing. Additional supervision and feedback on coursework will be provided by the History Department, normally (in the case of Single and owned-Joint students) by personal tutors.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 5
Seminars 1
Project Supervision 1
Work-based learning 40
Guided independent study 53
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Report 100

Other information on summative assessment:
Students will write a reflective individual report of up to 2,500 words, accompanied by a CV, to be handed in on the first Thursday of the Spring Term. Both items of coursework should be submitted electronically via Turnitin.

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:
    Where a re-sit is permitted, students will be assessed on the resubmission of failed coursework, capped at 40%. Failed coursework must be re-submitted by 12 noon, on the last Friday of August.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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