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ED3536: WORKING TOGETHER: EMPLOYABILITY FOR ARTS AND SOCIAL SCIENCES (2018-2019)

Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07


Course Overview

This course provides the opportunity for students to work in small groups to develop solutions for projects posed by industry, businesses and the public sector. It involves workshops on employability skills along with site visits. Students will experience the issues that surround the work environment, including the pressures of working to a deadline, explore the challenges of working with a group of colleagues towards a common aim, and reflect upon their own strengths and areas for development. They will explore how the graduate attributes they have acquired in the course of their degree map onto the experience of work.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Stuart Durkin

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

By the end of this course, students will:

  • have a greater understanding of the issues that surround employability;
  • have enhanced their skills in time management and organisation;
  • be able to reflect upon their own strengths and areas for development for the workplace;
  • have enhanced their understanding of group dynamics and the role that they play in developing a project - they will be able to reflect upon the contributions of colleagues and the experience of leading and being led;
  • have enhanced their communication skills;
  • have developed greater understanding of issues surrounding problem solving;
  • have developed their skills in giving a presentation;
  • have engaged with the theoretical and practical aspects of project management;
  • have experience of time management in a work related environment;
  • be able to work in teams and be more reflective about the ways in which they and others can contribute to them;
  • have a greater understanding of the dynamics surrounding the workplace and the pressures upon it;
  • have an enhanced practical and theoretical understanding of problem solving and the issues surrounding it
  • communicate ideas coherently, clearly and cogently, both orally and in writing; and
  • reflect upon their own strengths and areas of development and the experience of working as a team towards solving a workplace problem.

This course will provide the opportunity for students to work in small consultancy groups to develop solutions for problems and projects posed by industry, businesses and the public and third sectors. It will consist of a number of workshops on employability skills along with site visits to the company, business or service provider with whom they are working. Students will experience the issues that surround the work environment and workplace culture, including the pressures of working to a deadline, explore the challenges of working with a group of colleagues towards a common aim, and reflect upon their own strengths and areas for development in the workplace. They will also explore how the graduate attributes they have acquired in the course of their degree map onto the experience of work.


In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Seminar during University weeks 25 - 35

More Information about Week Numbers


In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt:

  • Group Oral Presentation (30%)

  • 3,000 word, Individual Reflective Diary (70%)

Resit:

  • Individual reflective essay (3000 words, 100%)

Formative Assessment

  • First group presentation
  • Students will be in constant discussion with tutors about their ideas and the dynamics of working on the project. The early pieces of assessment will be marked in a timely fashion so that feedback can inform the later and larger pieces of assessment

Feedback

Feedback will be provided both orally and in written form. Certain elements of feedback will be peer-assessed and external oragnisations and employers will also contribute to feedback.

Course Learning Outcomes

None.

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