EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS - 2020/1

Module code: MAN2178

Module Overview

Employability is of increasing concern for students as they complete their degree studies. Employability skills and evidence of those skills are often required when writing job applications. This module will enable students to generate evidence of their employability skills which can be used when writing job applications. Self-assessment of skills and reflection of learning will form key components of the module. This module will also fulfil objective 3.1 of the Assurance of Learning Plan that students will demonstrate and reflect on professional, social and inter-personal skills required for employment in Accounting and Finance.

Module provider

Surrey Business School

Module Leader

BAILY Carol (SBS)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

JACs code:

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

None

Module content

Indicative content includes:
• Career focus: Including the development of a current CV and answers to common application questions; efficient job researching techniques application and a LinkedIn profile

• Skills focus: Theoretical aspects of employability skills such as leadership; motivation; communication and team working; reflection of learning including assessment of personal skills and evidence of future planning for employment after the degree.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework Portfolio of Evidence 50
Coursework Reflection of Learning (3,000 words) 50

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of employability skills and hoe to communicate their skills through a job application process. A reflection of learning will enable students to critique their own work and improve their application process abilities. Students will also learn the importance of managing their on-line presence, curating their Twitter, Facebook, etc. sites and creating a LinkedIn profile.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
• A Portfolio of evidence submitted in week 7 (this will include, for example, CV; LinkedIn profile; answers to common application questions; evidence of job search process, evidence of self-analysis of skills using skills questionnaires, etc.)
• A Reflection of learning submitted in week 13.

Formative assessment and feedback
The Portfolio will be marked by the Module co-ordinator, with marks being returned to the students within the University required time frame.

The weekly drop-in session is used to provide individual feedback to students at each stage of the portfolio building process. This feedback will help the student Improve their applications and encourage reflection of learning. This feedback is both formative and summative.
Both assessments have detailed marking schemes that take into account the Portfolio building process and ensure consistent marking where there is more than one module tutor.
The tutorial activities are designed to lead students through a job search and aplication process with feedback which will enable students to assess their learning and prepare for future employability.

Module aims

  • Encourage students to begin to consider career paths
  • Encourage students to prepare material for job applications
  • Encourage students to reflect on their employability skills and learning

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the hard and soft skills of employability: demonstrating a range of work-based competencies including the ability to work in groups and other interpersonal skills such as leadership and report writing skills CKPT
002 • Demonstrate the ability to reflect on learning through the process of preparing materials for inclusion in job applications CKPT
003 • Demonstrate skills in the use of information and communications technology in researching jobs and completing on-line application processes, with evidence such as a current CV and a LinkedIn profile CPT
004 • Demonstrate capabilities to be future generators of sustainable value for business and society at large and to work for an inclusive and sustainable global economy CPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 11

Independent Study Hours: 117

Seminar Hours: 22

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Give students the opportunity to gain an understanding of the theoretical background of employability skills and an opportunity to demonstrate those skills through the process of job applications.

The learning and teaching methods include:

• Compulsory weekly 2 hour tutorials to illustrate theory and allow students an opportunity to practice the practical application of the theory.
• Optional weekly 2 hour drop-in sessions. Where students can work on their portfolios and reflective learning, facilitated by staff.
• Tutorial Material will be supported by weekly directed reading using research articles, current news stories and a variety of textbooks.
• Surreylearn will be used as an information portal containing tutorial slides, tutorial exercises, research articles and skills assessment questionnaires.

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

Reading list for EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/man2178

Other information

N/A

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Accounting and Finance BSc (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2020/1 academic year.