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CE930 Employability and Career Development Learning

Module leader: Phil McCash

Module running in 2015/16 and 2016/17

Aims
The Employability and Career Development Learning module enables participants to:
1/ Develop systematic knowledge and comprehensive understanding of the design, content, assessment, evaluation and management of employability and career development learning programmes in higher education.
2/ Develop confident and creative practice informed by key learning and career development concepts.
3/ Develop innovative and effective practice appropriate to a range of higher education contexts e.g. formal and informal, curriculum and non-curriculum-based.

Learning outcomes
By the end of the module the student should be able to:
1/ Systematically identify a range of learning theories and design perspectives relevant to employability and career development learning programmes in higher education.
2/ Comprehensively distinguish a range of roles and contexts relevant to the delivery of such programmes.
3/ Use learning theories and design perspectives to critically evaluate a programme.
4/ Comprehensively analyse the design of a programme.
5/ Systematically apply the knowledge listed above to enhance programme delivery.
6/ Use the knowledge listed above to creatively design a new or revised programme.
7/ Carefully and thoroughly present material in clear written form by identifying, analysing and applying key texts and practices using appropriate and adequate structure, spelling, grammar, syntax, length and referencing.

Outline Syllabus
1/ Definitions of employability and career development learning.
2/ Contexts and roles.
3/ Experiential learning theories (e.g. Kolb).
4/ Humanistic learning theories (e.g. Rogers).
5/ Social learning theories of career development (e.g. Krumboltz).
6/ Critical pedagogical approaches (e.g. Simon, Dippo & Schenke).
7/ Design of individual sessions.
8/ Overall programme / course design (e.g. concept mapping).
9/ Integrating the programme /course (e.g. constructive alignment).
10/ Assessment of learning.
11/ Programme / course evaluation.
12/ Management and marketing of programmes / courses.
13/ Additional perspectives (e.g. alternative learning theories, e-learning, working alliance).
14/ Use of the above to creatively design a programme /course.
15/ Integration into existing and/or future working context.

Summary of teaching
30 hours of blended learning consisting predominantly of intensive, residential workshops with further materials provided via a virtual learning environment supported by a module reading and tutorial support. The workshop is advertised in the AGCAS training calendar as Employability and Career Development Learning.

Module timing and duration
Usually, this module runs once a year. Participants are allowed 5 months to complete.

Summative assessment
The assignment consists of a 5000 word project (100%). Typically, participants are asked to evaluate employability and career development learning in their context and design a revised programme.






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