ULMS Electronic Module Catalogue

The information contained in this module specification was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change, either during the session because of unforeseen circumstances, or following review of the module at the end of the session. Queries about the module should be directed to the member of staff with responsibility for the module.
Title PROFESSIONAL SKILLS AND EMPLOYMENT PREPARATION
Code ECON170
Coordinator Dr O Gorelkina
Economics
Olga.Gorelkina@liverpool.ac.uk
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2021-22 Level 4 FHEQ Second Semester 15

Pre-requisites before taking this module (other modules and/or general educational/academic requirements):

 

Modules for which this module is a pre-requisite:

 

Programme(s) (including Year of Study) to which this module is available on a required basis:

 

Programme(s) (including Year of Study) to which this module is available on an optional basis:

 

Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours   12

      5

8

12

5

42
Timetable (if known)   60 mins X 1 totaling 12
 
      210 mins X 1 totaling 3.5
45 mins X 1 totaling 0.75
60 mins X 1 totaling 10
120 mins X 1 totaling 12
 
 
Private Study 108
TOTAL HOURS 150

Assessment

EXAM Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
             
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
Assessment 4: Attendance Type: Practical Assessment Size/duration: Throughout the module Weighting: 10% Reassessment Opportunity: Yes Anonymous Assessment: No Assessment Notes: A4: Attendan  -500 words    10       
Assessment 5: Reflective Log Type: Coursework Size: 500 words Weighting: 5% Reassessment Opportunity: Yes Penalty for Late Submission: Standard Anonymous Assessment: No Assessment Notes  -500 words         
Assessment 1: Company Research Report Type: Coursework Size: 1500 words Weighting: 25% Reassessment Opportunity: Yes Penalty for Late Submission: Standard Anonymous Assessment: Yes  1500 Words    25       
Assessment 2: CV, Application Form Cover Letter Type: Coursework Size: Assessment size will vary according to individual applications Weighting: 20% Reassessment Opportunity: Yes Penalty for  Assessment size will    20       
Assessment 3: Reflective Log Type: Coursework Duration: 2000 words Weighting: 40% Reassessment Opportunity: Yes Penalty for Late Submission: Standard Anonymous Assessment: Yes Final Assessmen      40       

Aims

This module aims to provide students with the key skills required of the professional economist in the current business environment and to prepare students for an Economics based year in industry and beyond by providing them with an understanding of the skills required to secure a work placement and gain the most from their placement experience. It also provides the opportunity to acquire, develop and apply these skills.


Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students will be able to critically reflect on and evaluate their skills in relation to prospective employers’ requirements and identify their development needs.

(LO2) Students will be able to research career opportunities in relation to their own career aspirations using a range of media and approaches.

(LO3) Students will be able to demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills appropriate to a business context.

(LO4) Students will be able to experience working with others and how to develop effective relationships.

(LO5) Students will be able to gain an awareness of the commercial issues facing organisations.

(LO6) Students will be able to carry out effective self-guided research.

(LO7) Students will be able to understand the importance of lifelong learning.

(LO8) Students will be able to develop an awareness of digital capabilities relevant to economists and develop those digital capabilities.

(S1) Adaptability

(S2) Problem Solving Skills

(S3) Commercial Awareness

(S4) Teamwork

(S5) Organisational Skills

(S6) Communication Skills

(S7) IT Skills

(S8) Lifelong Learning


Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching Delivery: Mixed, hybrid delivery with social distancing on campus

Teaching Method: Online Asynchronous Learning Materials
Unscheduled Directed Student Hours: 5
Attendance Recorded: No

Teaching Method: Workshop
Description: Workshops develop careers skills and are run by dedicated Careers Service.
Scheduled Directed Student Hours: 5
Attendance Recorded: Yes

Teaching Method: Seminar
Description: Seminars to develop professional skills and are run by module leader
Scheduled Directed Student Hours: 12
Attendance Recorded: Yes

Teaching Method: Assessment Centre
Description: Assessment Centre is run to practice skills developed run by dedicated careers staff
Scheduled Directed Student Hours: 8
Attendance Recorded: Yes

Teaching Method: Group Study
Description: Weekly 1 hour student led session to foster student community and engagement by working with others on their ‘active learning’ activities
Scheduled Student Hours: 12
Attendance Recorded: No

Self-Directed Learning Hours: 108
Description: Students will use remaining self-directed learning hours for, Company research, Assessment preparation, and Excel self-certification training

Skills/Other Attributes Mapping

Skills / attributes: Adaptability
How this is developed: Career Management reflective exercises and presenting effectively.
Mode of assessment (if applicable): Company Research Report, and CV, application form, cover letter

Skills / attributes: Problem solving skills
How this is developed: Presentations, report writing, critical reflection, mock interviews, completing application forms
Mode of assessment (if applicable): Company Research Report, CV, application form, cover letter, and Group exercise/individual presentation

Skills / attributes: Commercial awareness
How this is developed: Project Plannin g and report writing
Mode of assessment (if applicable): Company Research Report, and CV, application form, cover letter

Skills / attributes: Teamwork
How this is developed: Throughout the module students will self-assess their contribution to the team in formal assessments & work in teams during lectures / seminar exercises.
Mode of assessment (if applicable): Group exercise / Individual presentation

Skills / attributes: Organisational skills
How this is developed: Seminars, employer interactions, and company reports
Mode of assessment (if applicable): Company Research Report, and CV, application form, cover letter

Skills / attributes: Communication skills
How this is developed: Analysis for company report.
Mode of assessment (if applicable): Company Research Report, CV, application form, cover letter, and Group exercise / Individual presentation

Skills / attributes: IT Skills
How this is developed: Computer Lab sessions
Mode of assessment (if applicable): CV, application form, cover letter, and Reflective learning log

Skills / attributes: Lifelong learning skills
How this is developed: CBI/ULMS skills audit
Mode of assessment (if applicable): Reflective learning log


Syllabus

 

Week 1 - Workshop - Introduction to Module and Career Planning [Module Leader/Careers]
Week 2 - Workshop - Company Research [Careers]
Week 3 - Workshop - CV’s and Application Forms [Careers]
Week 4 - Workshop - Psychometric Tests [Careers]
Week 5 - Workshop - Interview Skills [Careers]
Week 6 - Workshop - Assessment Centres [Careers]
Week 7 - Seminar - Written & Verbal communication skills [Module Leader]
Week 8 - Seminar - Report writing [Module Leader]
Week 8 - Practice Interviews [Careers]
Week 9 - Assessment Centre [Careers]
Week 10 - Seminar - Effective team building [Module Leader]
Week 11 - Seminar - Cultural Awareness [Module Leader]
Week 12 - Seminar – Close [Module Leader/ Careers]


Recommended Texts

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