20 credits at level HE4
In this module you will be introduced to a variety of skills and knowledge to help you to work successfully as a freelance, and as an employee, in the media, digital and creative industries. You will be introduced to the legal, financial, business, and personal implications, as well as the ethical and moral aspects, of working freelance. You will also learn about research and networking skills, building and maintaining relations, and health and safety, which are all vital for working successfully.
(i) Implications of working freelance: legal, financial, business, and personal implications; ethical and moral issues.
(ii) Knowledge and skills needed to work successfully: survival skills; effective negotiation; being assertive; effective communication skills; marketing yourself / service/ business effectively; financial skills (personal and professional); finding work; moral and ethical issues.
Building and maintaining effective relations
Leading and managing; models of behaviour; theories of motivation (e.g., Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs); working with difficult people (e.g., employees, colleagues, employers, customers/clients); teamwork and teambuilding; communicating assertively; conflict resolution.
Research and Networking
(i) Research: purpose of research (e.g., finding facts, opinions, people, places and information such as job market statistics on rates of pay and size and make up of the sector; seeking work; developing ideas; academic research); prioritising research; developing a research strategy; research skills / knowledge (e.g., conducting interviews; libel and slander, finding talent).
(ii) Networking: proactivity; types of networks; places to network; networking skills; communication; career pathways and management; on-line activity; time management.
Health and Safety
Risk management; financial, legal and moral argument for risk management; hazard identification; policy and procedures; legal framework; criminal and civil law in relation to health and safety.
Self Reflection and Action Planning
Critical reflection; action planning (advantages of action planning; process of action planning; devising an action plan).
Study, Academic Skills and ePDP
Assessment requirements for the module and academic terminology; presentation of work for assessment; completion of the workbook required for assessment; research skills; Harvard referencing; plagiarism and how to avoid it; use of ICT (e.g., word processing, internet, email; social networking, spreadsheets); ePDP; progressing the Individual Training Development Plan; maintaining the workplace diary.
A blended learning approach will be adopted. You will have lectures and practical sessions which will involve group work and group discussions as well as individual work.
There are two items of assessment. The first is the completion of an on-line workbook and participation in role play activities which are based on you working as a freelance. The second is a work-experience assignment. T
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Understand the implications of working freelance and analyse the skills needed.||
1.1 explain the legal, financial, business, and personal implications, and the moral and ethical aspects, of working freelance.
1.2 analyse the skills needed to be able to work freelance in an effective manner.
|2.||Be able to demonstrate financial, marketing and negotiation skills needed to work freelance.||2.1 use financial, marketing and negotiation skills to work freelance in an effective manner.|
|3.||Be able to conduct research related to the job market and build networks.||
3.1 conduct relevant research related to the job market in which you are seeking employment and make evaluative comments about the usefulness of the information sources.
3.2 locate and apply relevant job market statistics correctly and comment on the usefulness of the statistical data.
3.3 build an effective network to progress your career and justify the network you have built.
3.4 develop a strategy for keeping the network active and justify the strategy.
|4.||Have an understanding of how to work effectively with peers and employers.||
4.1 analyse difficult work situations and suggest plausible solutions that draw upon relevant psychological theories and concepts appropriate to level HE4 study.
4.2 reflect on your performance in dealing with the situations in 4.1 above and identify how you could improve your handling of difficult situations.
|5.||Have an understanding of how to manage risk effectively and apply safe working practices in the workplace environment and in programme making.||
5.1 explain the importance of adopting safe working practices when working freelance.
5.2 explain the legal and the broadcasting requirements relating to the prevention of accidents and justify their importance.
5.3 undertake a thorough risk assessment for realistic work-based scenarios correctly.
5.4 explain how to work safely in your placement organisation and demonstrate the ability to follow safe working practices in the context of your work role.
|6.||Be able to critically reflect on your experiences and action plan to improve your skills and knowledge to be able to work more effectively as a freelance.||6.1 conduct an audit of, and reflect on, your current level of knowledge and skills, identify those which need improvement, and devise an action plan to show how you will undertake this development.|
|7.||Be able to critically reflect on your experiences of building relations in your placement organisation.||7.1 critically reflect on your placement experiences, and summarise key points you have learned about your strengths in relation to building and maintaining effective relations and working as part of a team, and suggest how you could improve.|
|8.||Demonstrate academic skills at level HE4.
9. Have progressed your ePDP and your workplace experiences.
8.1 demonstrate the following in your assessed work:
(i) appropriate structure and good presentation;
(ii) correct use of English (e.g., grammar, punctuation, spelling, style);
(iii) correct use of Harvard referencing;
(iv) theoretical knowledge appropriate to level HE4.
9.1 have progressed your e-PDP.
9.2 provide evidence that you have progressed your Individual Training Development Plan and workplace diary.
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Working Freelance e-workbook and role playing Equivalent to 2,600 words||Work-experience assignment (880 words) -explanation of how to work safely in your placement organisation and the demonstration of the ability to follow safe working practices in the context of your work role -critical reflection on your experiences of building relations in your placement organisation|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
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Gibson, J. (ed) (2008) Media 08: The Essential Guide to Changing Media Landscape London: Guardian Books
Havens, T. (2005) Global Television Marketplace, London: BFI
Small, R. (2000) Production safety for film, television and video, Oxford: Focal Press
Shiona L. & Walker, S. (2003) A Careers Handbook for TV, Radio, Film, Video and Interactive Media. London: Skillset
Sight and Sound
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