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Formative assessment (using the forum)

Reflection questions
Students enrolled on 10 & 20 credit versions of this module: select your responses to any two of the reflection questions and post these to the relevant thread in the forum.

Media watch and employer visits
Students enrolled on the 20 credit version of this module: post one item selected from your media watch and share the results of your employer visits on the relevant threads in the forum.

I will also post some responses and thoughts as we go. Posts can be as short or as long as you want. This activity is designed to be fairly informal and there are no right or wrong answers. Note that you are also welcome to email me to discuss your work on this module individually.


Summative assessment

Graduate employers and labour markets project (5000 word limit: weighting 100%)
This module is summatively assessed via a project consisting of two parts detailed below. The first part (the report) involves a structured evaluation of labour market intelligence in your context. The second part of the assignment (the study) is more open-ended. We ask you to construct a small research project and use this to inform your practice.

(Note for current and former PG Certificate GELM (10 credit) students: current students on the 10 credit module only need to complete Part 1 entitled Graduate employers and labour markets report: 2500 word limit; weighting 100%. If you are progressing from the 10 credit module to the 20 credit version, you only need to complete Part 2 entitled Graduate employers and labour markets study: 2500 words).

1. Graduate employers and labour markets report (2500 words)
The report should contain the following sections.

1.1 Destinations
Present clearly the following numerical destination data in graphs or tables in relation to a relevant client group at your institution:

1.1.1 The proportions in employment, further study, not available, and unemployed for the last complete year;
1.1.2 The types of employment engaged in by your chosen group using a classification appropriate to your context (such as SOC/SIC, Elias and Purcell or other);
1.1.3 The proportions in employment, type of employment, further study, not available, and unemployed in relation to at least two other benchmark groups for the last complete year.

Evaluate this data, and make recommendations grounded in it, concerning employer liaison and labour market research at your institution.

1.2 Diversity
Present numerical and/or qualitative data relating to at least one diversity group of your choice (this could include people with disabilities, males, females, ethnic minorities, international students or any other group that is relevant in your context). Evaluate this data, and make recommendations grounded in it, concerning employer liaison activities and labour market research at your institution. This group can be entirely separate from the group selected for section 1.1.

1.3 Wider labour market perspectives
Select at least two wider sources of labour market research (e.g. the material on student types by Brown & Hesketh, Tomlinson, Buckham or Redmond; the longitudinal DLHE survey; or alternative institutional sources such as alumni, diversity or departmental data). Summarise what you consider to be the significant points from the two selected sources. Evaluate these in relation to your context, and make recommendations grounded in it, concerning employer liaison activities and labour market research at your institution.

2. Graduate employers and labour markets study (2500 words)
Undertake a small-scale research project containing the following sections.

2.1 Research question
State a research question you wish to explore and why this has been selected. (Some recent examples have focused on: attitudes towards the labour market; the experience of diversity groups; trends in recruitment for a specified occupational area; the design of an employer fair etc).

2.2 Method
State and account for the method you will use to answer your research question. This could include fieldwork but may be wholly literature-based.

2.3 Findings and analysis
State your findings and analysis.

2.4 Recommendations
State your recommendations arising from the analysis.

All data used must be presented accurately and clearly. All graphs or tables should include titles clearly describing the data contained. The sources used for all data must be clearly stated. Where available, the whole numbers making up any proportions should also be shown. In designing graphs or tables, only grey and black should be used, not colours, as colours will not display in black and white printing. In evaluating the data, all statements made about the data in graphs or tables should be checked for accuracy.

It is important to bear in mind that part 2 is intended only as a small-scale project. This should not limit the topic you choose but it should limit the scope in terms of data collection methods. You need to make sure that the data you explore is manageable within the limits of a 2500 word study. The module leader can provide more help with this as needed.

Final points
Submit both parts of the project at the same time. The project must be submitted using the the online submission system. You will be invited to give overall feedback on the module as part of this. Word limits must be adhered to within a 10% leeway and excessive length will be penalised. Coursework will be assessed against the learning outcomes described in the module specification and postgraduate assessment criteria. The course guide to referencing (e.g. citation style, use of reference list and bibliography) must be used. Links to all these elements are available in the online student handbook in the student course space.

You are invited to contact the Warwick module leader, Phil McCash, to discuss any aspect of this module prior to submission. If you would like to have a tutorial, please email some possible dates and times to