MM256-Management Skills

Module Provider: Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:5
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2019/0

Module Convenor: Dr Tatiana Rowson

Email: t.rowson@henley.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

The module is focused on guidance and support in developing students employability, including improving the likelihood of securing their Placement or first job. Key areas of the job application process as well as successful navigation of the contemporary business environment and the students’ future working environment are covered. It offers a combination of practical and applied elements as well as more conceptual and academic aspects. As a result, it enables the students to obtain a broad range of knowledge while allowing them to actively reflect on their career, employability and apply to their immediate experience.



The Module is designed to be delivered in the autumn. The lectures and seminars will run in parallel with the placement application process, therefore providing students with further support.



The module content, as well as delivery style, are designed to strengthen the students’ success rate of obtaining successful placements and future jobs upon graduation – fostering an in-depth understanding of the recruitment and development process. 


Aims:

The Module is designed to actively support students in their applications for placements, internships and graduate positions and, later, in their management of the job search and application process with the support of Henley Careers. The focus of the module is on the recruitment process, graduate skills and professional development in early career. For that purpose the module will cover CV and cover letter writing as well as interviewing and psychometric tests – i.e. the competencies and skills students need to secure a placement or graduate position. In the latter part of the module, the students will be introduced concepts and knowledge students need during their initial day-to-day tasks in a business environment and beyond to successfully convert a placement or work experience into a graduate position and a graduate position into a permanent role in business. This part of the module enables the students to identify and further develop their strengths essential to their future career plans.


Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the module, students should be able to:



1. Understand and be capable of navigating the recruitment and selection process



2. Reflect on the importance of interpersonal skills and competencies in modern workplaces and career management



3. Identify and understand what employers look for in the recruitment and selection process



4. Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written form appropriate for professional audience



5. Identify strategies and resources for enhancing your skills and developing your professional career.


Additional outcomes:

Students will also




  • Experience how to design an effective recruitment and selection plan

  • Learn how to use reflective practice to inform their career planning and development

  • Understand the elements to consider when putting together and revising their career plans


Outline content:


  1. Introduction to Management and Employment Skills for Business Students

  2. Managing Careers and Navigating the Job Market

  3. Developing Your CV

  4. Developing Job Application Portfolio

  5. Communication and Presentation Skills

  6. Competency and Strengths Based Interviews

  7. Developing Critical and Reflexive Writing Skills

  8. Teamwork and Leadership in Management

  9. Creativity and Innovation for Business

  10. Module Summary and Feedback on Assessment


Global context:

This module is delivered at University of Reading, University of Reading Malaysia and Beijing Institute of Technology.


Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The students will receive a combination of lectures, workshops, facilitated training sessions and independent study to develop their knowledge and understanding of how employers recruit placement students/graduates. The students will be able to work in-depth with Henley Careers and benefit from the insights of a number of external speakers during the module.


Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Seminars 4
Fieldwork 6
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (independent) 70
    Wider reading (directed) 40
    Advance preparation for classes 10
    Preparation for seminars 10
    Essay preparation 20
    Reflection 20
       
Total hours by term 200 0 0
       
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 60
Portfolio 40

Summative assessment- Examinations:
There are no formal examinations.

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:



















Method Percentage Deadline

Recruiters’ Portfolio (graded) 



Including:



Business report on the output of group activities



PPT slides summarizing report


40 Week 12
Reflexive Diary: essay format, 

word limit 2,000 (graded)
60 Week 20


 


Formative assessment methods:

Seminar exercises and discussions 



Games and problem-based learning activities in the lecture


Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (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.

    Assessment requirements for a pass:
    A minimum of 40%.

    Reassessment arrangements:

    Reflexive Diary: essay format, word limit 2,000 (graded)


    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    Core reading:



    Gallagher, K. (2016) Essential Study and Employment Skills for Business and Management Students. OUP Oxford.


    Last updated: 11 April 2019

    THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS MODULE DESCRIPTION DOES NOT FORM ANY PART OF A STUDENT'S CONTRACT.

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