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.
Credit Weighting: 5
Semester(s): Semesters 1 and 2 and 3.
No. of Students: Min 1, Max 100.
Teaching Method(s): Placements (minimum of 150 hours Work Placement / Internship, preparation sessions and self-reflection).
Module Co-ordinator: Dr Rachel Magshamhráin, Department of German.
Lecturer(s): Dr Rachel Magshamhráin, Department of German; 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 150 hours of engagement on the placement. Students will also participate in a series of compulsory pre-placement preparatory workshops organised by the Careers Services where they will complete a skills analysis and determine which skills they need to develop as well as setting goals for the internship. 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. During the placement, students will be mentored by an academic member of staff. At the end of the placement, students will deliver a final reflective report (consisting of 2 elements: employability learning log book and reflective essay) on their experience to their 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 and summarise in a final reflective report
· Evaluate their 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;
· Design and update a curriculum vitae.
Assessment: Continuous Assessment: 3,000 word project "final reflective report" (consisting of 1,500-word Employability Learning Log book; 1,500-word reflective essay on employment experience).
Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment; Participation in the Preparatory Workshops; Participation in Work Placement/Internship (confirmed by brief academic mentor's report).
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.