NS6001: Professional Experience

Please note this module descriptor is indicative of the structure of this course and may be subject to change.

NS6001: Professional Experience

Module Title Professional Experience
Module Code NS6001
Module Tutor Kim Schenke
School School of Natural and Social Sciences
CAT Points 15
Level of Study 6
Brief Description

This module provides an opportunity for students to develop the professional skills and attributes which underpin rewarding graduate careers. The basis for this module is a period of work or professional activity that must link to the student’s area of study and/or career trajectory. Before commencing the module, each student must agree with the module panel a programme of work with clear objectives suitable to the level of study and to their graduate career.

Indicative Syllabus

Module content is intended to be flexible and designed to support the individual needs of each student related to their own career path. Students should expect to be independent and reflect critically on their development, skills and knowledge, appreciating the limits of their knowledge and areas in which they need to develop. By the end of the module students should be able to communicate information, ideas, and problems to both specialist and non-specialist audiences. The precise nature of the work will be negotiated between the student and the module panel prior to commencing the module. Following project approval, students will be allocated a mentor who will support and monitor them in achieving their objectives and how this relates to their professional career plan. Most of the learning will take place working in a graduate level professional context, for example with an external organisation (public sector, voluntary sector, or private sector) or on an overseas fieldwork placement. The period of professional activity can be intensive, or spread over a longer time within the frame of the module. It will normally comprise the equivalent of ten working days (approximately 75 hours).

Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to:

1. demonstrate ability to exercise initiative and work effectively in complex and unpredictable contexts, related to their field of study and/or their planned career trajectory;

2. reflect in a critical manner on their own skills and knowledge and how to develop these for a professional career;

3. demonstrate the ability to coherently communicate ideas and information to both specialist and non-specialist audiences and relate this to their development as graduate professionals.

Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 4
Independent Learning Hours: 146
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 100% Coursework: Individual, portfolio: 3000 words or equivalent
Special Assessment Requirements None
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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