Students should note that all of the modules below may not be available to them.

Undergraduate students should refer to the relevant section of the UCC Undergraduate Calendar for their programme requirements.

Postgraduate students should refer to the relevant section of the UCC Postgraduate Calendar for their programme requirements.

PX2000 Undergraduate Work Placement (for the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences)
PX3000 Undergraduate Work-Experience Recognition (for the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences)

PX2000 Undergraduate Work Placement (for the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences)

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semesters 1 and 2 and 3.

No. of Students: Min 1, Max 200.

Pre-requisite(s): none

Co-requisite(s): none

Teaching Method(s): Placements (minimum of 70 hours Work Placement / Internship).

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Rachel Magshamhrain, Department of German.

Lecturer(s): Staff, College of ACSSS.

Module Objective: To enhance students' employability and transferable skills through work experience and critical reflection.

Module Content: Second year students, with the approval of their Head of School and the assistance of the Careers Service, will arrange a work placement or internship with a minimum of 70 hours of engagement on the placement. Students will also participate in such relevant pre-placement preparatory workshops as are organised on a regular basis by the Careers Services. The placement can be paid or unpaid, or supported by external funding (e.g. Erasmus), and can occur in a variety of relevant campus, local, national or international settings (e.g. academic, commercial, cultural, heritage, statutory, NGO etc.). Students are required to identify a mentor within the workplace. At the end of the placement (at the latest by mid-August of a given year), students will deliver a reflective portfolio describing their experience to a designated academic mentor, with a copy to the module co-ordinator.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
Articulate and reflect on the key skills and attributes that they have acquired or enhanced during their placement;
Identify the purpose and objectives of the unit, its operations and the role played by the student;
Demonstrate and reflect on the initiative displayed during the work placement;
Reflect on the experiential learning and personal development experienced on the placement
Evaluate their effectiveness in terms of the role and the requisite skills and attributes required to fulfil its objectives;
Articulate a deepened knowledge of transferable skills and their applicability in both academic and workplace settings.

Assessment: Continuous Assessment: 2,000 word portfolio documenting employment experience.

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment; Participation in Work Placement/Internship.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Work which is submitted late shall be assigned a mark of zero (or a Fail Judgement in the case of Pass/Fail modules).

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: A Pass Judgement.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: No Supplemental Examination.

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PX3000 Undergraduate Work-Experience Recognition (for the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences)

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: Min 1 (No Max).

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): Placements (minimum of 70 hours of work placement).

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Rachel Magshamhrain, Department of German.

Lecturer(s): Staff, College of ACSSS.

Module Objective: To enhance students' employability and transferable skills through recognition of professional work experience and critical reflection thereon.

Module Content: In the course of their undergraduate studies, final year students, with the approval of their Head of School and the assistance of the Careers Service, will have arranged and completed a work placement or internship with a minimum of 70 documented hours of engagement in one professional workplace. The placement can be paid or unpaid, or supported by external funding (e.g. Erasmus), and can occur in a variety of relevant professional settings (e.g. educational, commercial, cultural, heritage, statutory, NGO etc.) either on campus, locally, nationally or internationally. Students are required to identify a mentor within the workplace who will sign off on the work completed, as well as to identify an academic mentor within CACSSS who is willing to liaise with the student during the placement. On completion of the internship, students will submit a portfolio of the work completed in which they document their achievements as well as reflect on the learning gained. The portfolio will also detail future plans that will build on this experience, and further enhance employability skills and attributes. The portfolio should be accompanied by a suitably updated CV. It should further be accompanied by 2 references, one from the workplace mentor, and one from the academic who has liaised with the student during the placement and will act as a referee for the purposes of this module. At the end of the placement, no later than start of Semester 2 of final year, students will register for the module, submitting for retrospective recognition of the placement as well as for accreditation all the above documentation (portfolio, 2 references, updated CV) to the module coordinator using the templates provided and by the deadline stipulated annually. The work will then be assessed to determine if it meets the module standards.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
Articulate and reflect on the key skills and attributes that they have acquired or enhanced during their placement;
Identify the purpose and objectives of the unit, its operations and the role played by the student
Demonstrate and reflect on the initiative displayed during the work placement
Reflect on the experiential learning and personal development experienced on the placement and summarise in a Personal Development Portfolio;
Evaluate job effectiveness in terms of the role and the requisite skills and attributes required to fulfil its objectives
Demonstrate how critical learning on the work placement/internship can inform their identification of further areas for skill development
Articulate a deepened knowledge of transferable skills and their applicability in both academic and workplace settings;
Articulate the applicability of their university-acquired education to the relevant workplace
Produce a professional CV and references that reflect their placement achievements.

Assessment: Continuous Assessment: 2,000-word portfolio documenting and reflecting on employment experience submitted with 2 letters of reference and an updated professional CV. Marks are submitted to a Summer Examination Board.

Compulsory Elements: Participation in Work Placement/Internship; Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Work which is submitted late shall be assigned a mark of zero (or a Fail Judgement in the case of Pass/Fail modules).

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: No Supplemental Examination.

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