20 credits at level HE4
This module is designed to enable Councillors to carry out their general and specific ward, Council and community duties effectively via appropriate self-management, partnership working, leadership and management of both officers and the community to achieve the strategic aims of the Council in which they work.
Legal and regulatory frameworks; the Council’s policies and procedures; the Council’s strategic objectives; role and duties of a Councillor; conducting Council business; national and local standards relating to the conduct of the Council’s business; self-management; operating as a member of a political group; operating effectively as a Council member; participating in Council business; leadership; reflective practice; academic skills; ethics; transferable skills (e.g., communication, working with others, problem solving, self management, ICT).
The module requires 200 hours of learning time which will consist of personal development in accordance with the Elected Member’s agreed personal development plan to include:
(1) 40 hours of learning time which will be evidenced by:
• evidence of internal workshop attendance (including accreditation of prior learning)
• “Informal Council” attendance sheets
• booking sheets or other evidence of attendance for external development, agreed with reviewer as part of the personal development planning process
• evidence of tutorial attendance
(2) 90 hours private reading, research and reflection
(3) 40 hours role-based learning
(4) 30 hours to undertake the assessment requirements of the module.
The assessment is a 2,500 word reflective assignment showing how learning has been put into practice as a Councillor (at Ward and/or Council level) supported by a portfolio of dated evidence (e.g., reports, minutes, and letters from constituents/agencies). Material included in the portfolio should be anonymised where necessary due to the need for confidentiality.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Know what legal and regulatory frameworks your Council works to and upholds.||1.1 Give two examples of legal and regulatory frameworks your Council works to and upholds, and demonstrate that you have worked within these frameworks when conducting Council business.|
|2.||Know what policies and procedures the Council works to and strives to improve so that it can carry out its duties to the benefit of the borough and help to meet its strategic objectives.||
2.1 Describe and explain the importance of two of the policies and/or procedures the Council works to, and strives to continuously improve, so that it can carry out its duties to the benefit of the borough and help meet its strategic objectives (e.g. Valuing Diversity Policy; Recruitment and Selection procedure; Licensing Scrutiny).
2.2 demonstrate you have adhered to the policies and procedures you have described when undertaking Council business.
|3.||Analyse and understand how you as an Elected Member should conduct Council business according to national and local standards to help achieve the Council’s strategic objectives.||
3.1 explain the national and local standards that describe how an Elected Member should conduct Council business and exemplify how you have met these standards when conducting Council business.
3.2 critically reflect on, and analyse, your experiences of implementing national and local standards when you have conducted Council business and explain how practices might be more consistently implemented or otherwise improved across the Council.
|4.||Have the skills and knowledge to manage yourself effectively as a political group member and operate effectively as a Council member to participate in Council business, lead officers of the Council and the community and work effectively with partners to help achieve the Council’s strategic objectives.||
4.1 outline the skills and knowledge that will enable you to manage yourself effectively in your role as a Councillor and illustrate which steps you have taken to manage yourself effectively when undertaking Council business.
4.2 critically reflect on, and analyse, your experiences of undertaking Council business and explain how you might improve your practice in terms of self management
|5.||Demonstrate academic skills at level HE4.||
5.1 write an assignment that:
(i) is appropriately structured;
(ii) is well presented;
(iii) demonstrates correct use of English (e.g., grammar, punctuation, spelling, style);
(iv) demonstrates correct use of Harvard referencing;
(v) demonstrates theoretical knowledge appropriate to level HE4.
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||2,500 word reflective assignment demonstrating how learning has been put into practice as a Councillor (at Ward and/or Council level) supported by a structured portfolio of dated evidence (e.g., reports, minutes, and letters from constituents/agencies). This should be based on at least one case study. Please note that confidentiality must be maintained at all times.|
Before taking this module you must have successfully completed the following:
and/or be taking the following corequisite modules:
You cannot take this module if you are taking or have taken:
This will mostly depend upon the nature of the particular assessment focus undertaken. Reading lists linked to specific workshop topics will be provided but general sources include:
Bolton, G. (2005) (2nd. Ed.) Reflective Practice Writing and Professional Development. London:
De Bono, E. (2000) Six Thinking Hats. London: Penguin
Moon J. (1999) ‘Reflection in Learning and Professional Development: Theory and Practice’. London: Routledge
Moon, J. (2004) A Handbook of Reflective and Experiential Learning. London: Routledge: Falmer
Peck, J and Coyle, M (2005) The Student's Guide to Writing. Basingstoke:
Peck, J. and Coyle, M. (2005) Write it Right: A Handbook for Students. Basingstoke: Palgrave
Wyse, D. (2006) The Good Writing Guide for Education Students. London: Sage
Local Government Studies
QAA (2007) “The Frameworks for Higher Education Qualifications” Online. Available: http://www.qaa.ac.uk/students/guides/UnderstandQuals.asp [1 May 2007]
Elected Member’s Handbook
Council Induction handbook
Council policies and procedures
|Host Subject Group:||Education|
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