Module Details

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Title Professional and Career Development
Code SOTA260
Coordinator Mrs A Gerrard
School of the Arts
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2021-22 Level 5 FHEQ First Semester 15


The module aims to prepare students for a smooth transition into a year in industry and, more broadly, to develop lifelong skills, attitudes and behaviours that will help students lead flexible, fulfilling careers working as professionals in their field, and enable them to contribute meaningfully to society.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students will analyse a range of employment and enterprise opportunities in an industry of their choosing.

(LO2) Students will compare the process of applying for two placements/internships/jobs including researching industries and opportunities, and evaluating application and selection processes.

(LO3) Students will evaluate the development of their professional skills, attitudes and behaviours using reflective thinking and writing.

(LO4) Students will propose an authentic solution to a commercial or cultural challenge experienced by an employer.

(S1) Career and identity management online: managing digital reputation and online identity.

(S2) Communication, listening and questioning: Communication, listening and questioning respecting others, contributing to discussions, influencing, presentations.

(S3) Information literacy online.

(S4) Positive attitude/ self-confidence. A can-do approach, a readiness to take part and contribute; openness to new ideas and the drive to make these happen.

(S5) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

(S6) Research management developing a research strategy, project planning and delivery, risk management, formulating questions, selecting literature, using primary/secondary/diverse sources, collecting & using data, applying research methods, applying ethics.

(S7) Self-management readiness to accept responsibility (i.e. leadership), flexibility, resilience, self-starting, initiative, integrity, willingness to take risks, appropriate assertiveness, time management, readiness to improve own performance based on feedback/reflective learning.



The module builds on the employability focussed topics through research, reflective practice and practical workshops. The module sessions will be team taught by academics with links to industry, members of the Careers and Employability Service, and other relevant professionals such as visiting employers. In addition to sessions timetabled specifically for this module you will be expected to participate in relevant Art Works sessions.
The syllabus for this module may include:
1. Introduction to the module. Critical reflection and introduction to career planning.
2. Practical CV exercises and CV preparation.
3. Career choices awareness and researching employers.
4. Networking; Myers Brigg self-assessment exercises.
5. Interviewing techniques: star, video interviews, etc.
6. Communication and culture.
7. Skills employers want and how to develop them.
8. Different types of interview (including Assessment Centres) and how to prepare for th em.
9. Commercial awareness.
10. Employer-led mock interviews.
11. Professional image - making an impact on your placement: LinkedIn, etc.
12. Review of module; application support.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching Method 1 - – Lecture (online, synchronous)
Description: A mix of lecture, reflective & practical workshops and employer-led activities
Attendance Recorded: Yes

Teaching Method 2 - Tutorial (delivery will be in person or online, depending upon COVID situation)
Description: 1:1 or small group tutorials with academic and Careers & Employability staff
Attendance Recorded: No

Teaching Method 3 - Seminar (online, synchronous)
Description: Art Works Seminars
Attendance Recorded: Yes

Teaching Method 4 – Independent study
Description: Primary and secondary research, reflection and self-management
Attendance Recorded: No

Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 22



Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 120


EXAM Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
Portfolio. There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is an anonymous assessment.  2000 words    75       
Oral Presentation. There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is not an anonymous assessment.  7 minutes plus Q&A    25       

Recommended Texts

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