PF6615: Transitioning into the Workplace and Placement

Credit Weighting: 5
No. of Students: Min 10, Max 50.
Pre-requisite(s): None
Co-requisite(s): PF6610
Teaching Period(s): Semester 1.
Teaching Methods: 8 x 3hr(s) Workshops; 50hr(s) Directed Study; 32hr(s) Other (self-directed study)
Module Co-ordinator: Dr John V (Eoin) Fleming, School of Biochemistry and Cell Biology.
Lecturer(s): Staff, Department of Careers Service, Guest Lecturers; Staff, School of Pharmacy.
Module Objective: To provide essential training in professional career management skills to assist students in actively planning and preparing for their future careers. To introduce students to the challenges of structured employment in the relevant sector, and to enable them to examine the organisation, its procedures and technologies and extend their key skills through active learning.
Module Content: Job Readiness; Exploring self-awareness and setting realistic career objectives; Understanding your strengths, development needs, opportunities and threats; Developing a career-management strategy and identifying career goals; Creative job-hunting both online and offline; Written applications, CVs and interview preparation; Implementing career plans; Industry relevant, problem base case studies designed to provide realistic insight into the issues faced by Biopharma and Pharmachem organisations. Develop the skills necessary to integrate into a workforce e.g. communication, teamworking, problem-solving, adaptability, reliability and punctuality. Establish positive working relations with colleagues, showing sensitivity to the needs of others and practicing confidentiality.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Develop greater self-awareness of skills, interests and personal characteristics in relation to careers.
  • Recognise, assess and articulate personal and professional skilla, experience and interests in the context of career planning and pursuit.
  • Demonstrate ability to write an effective application (Curriculum Vitae and covering letter) informed by understanding of recruitment and selection process relevant to their career choice.
  • Critique the Biopharma and Pharmachem graduate job market.
  • Evaluate challenges facing the Biopharma and Pharmachem industries, including the importance of working within a regulated environment, and under validated conditions.
  • Diagnose problems and suggest solutions to problem-based case study working as part of a team.
  • Critically assess organisational function under the following headings: delegation, clarity of relationships, lines of authority.
  • Devise strategies for coping with the challenges associated with working with an unfamiliar environment.
Assessment: Career development plan and presentation, 2,000 word project OR 2,000 word placement report and reflection,.
Compulsory Elements: Oral if required.
Penalties (for late submission of course/project work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.
Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: A Pass/Fail judgement.
End of Year Written Examination Profile: No Formal Written Examination.
Requirements for Supplemental Examination: No Supplemental Examination.

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