40 credits at level HE5
The purpose of this module is to provide the student with experience of working in the international tourism industry and to facilitate opportunities for reflective analysis of management operations and practice in a work context.
Students are involved in finding and applying for a work placement, undertaking work experience and in observing and evaluating management practices. Usually, full-time home students* will be required to work in organisations overseas, whereas overseas students may choose to undertake their work experience in organisations within the United Kingdom.
* UK part-time students and other UK students where necessary, may also conduct their placements in an organisation within the UK, providing the work is in an international context.
Personal Development Planning update;
CV Update and employment application;
Preparing for work in the international tourism industry;
Health and Safety in the workplace;
Employee rights and responsibilities;
Making a success of the work placement;
Observing mangement practice and shadowing a manager;
Identification of a management issue for investigation;
Compilation of a portfolio of evidence, including a reflective work placement diary;
Effective use of reflection;
Analysing a management problem/issue;
Primary research design and analysis.
The module is primarily delivered in the work place. Students are expected to undertake 240 hours of supervised work in an appropariate sector of the international tourism industry.
There are seven introductory class-based sessions to introduce the module to students and continuing support by the module tutor throughout the duration of the module. There is however an emphasis on the responsibility of the individual student to find and negotiate his or her own work placement.
Preparation Sessions 21 hours
(Lectures - 4, Workshops- 8, tutorials -9)
Placement 240 hours
Preparation of Portfolio 59 hours
Report 80 hours
TOTAL 400 hours
The module is assessed through the following components:
Portfolio of Evidence (20%)
Work Experience Project Proposal (10%) and Report (50%)
Reflective Diary and Employer's Report (20%)
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Employ a self-assessment approach for identifying personal learning and development needs, enabling better-informed judgements to be made regarding career choices.||Updated Personal Development Planning submitted as part of the Portfolio of evidence.|
|2.||Understand and use effective applications for employment within tourism and utilise to gain an appropriate work placement.||Apply for and obtain a work placement, providing evidence for the Portfolio, which includes job applications, CV update and evidence of job seeking.|
|3.||Understand techniques used when being interviewed and when conducting interviews.||Take part in role play utilising techniques as an interviewer and interviewee, providing evidence for the Portfolio.|
|4.||Be able to identify, propose and appraise a negotiated management issue and make recommendations.||Produce a proposal and report in which a management issue is evaluated.|
|5.||Be able to provide evidence of vocational and managerial skills.||Produce a reflective work placement diary which identifies and evaluates the skills and knowledge gained during the work experience.|
|6.||Be able to work with and relate to others.||
Produce a reflective work placement diary and employer report which evidences an ability to be able to work as part of a team and with others.
|7.||Be able to recognise the importance of understanding cultural diversity in working practices.||Produce evidence of team working skills through your reflective work placement diary and the employer/tutor reports.|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Portfolio of evidence||Work Experience Project Proposal (1,000 words)||Work Experience Project Report (4,000 words)||Reflective Diary and Employer Report|
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:
Portfolio and Placement:
Amos, J. A. (2009) Handling Tough Job Interviews: Be Prepared, Perform Well, Get the Job, ( 4th Ed), Oxford: How-to-Books – Hard Copy and -Resource
Amos, J. A. (2009) Be Prepared: Pass that Job Interview, (4th Ed), Oxford: How-to-Books
Amos, J. A. (2001) Be prepared: Getting ready for job interviews, Oxford: How-to-books – Electronic resource
Cameron, S. (2009) The Business Student’s Handbook: Learning Skills for Study and Employment, (5th Ed), Harlow : Financial Times Prentice Hall
Cottrell, S. (2010) Skills for Success: The Personal Development Planning Handbook, (2nd Ed), Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
DeLuca, M. & Lees, J. (2008) Job Interviews: Top Answers to tough Questions, (2nd Ed), London: McGraw-Hill
Fanthome, C. (2004) Work Placements: A Survival Guide for Students, Basingstoke: Palgrave.
Herbert, I. (2005) Managing Your Placement: A Skills-based Approach, Basingstoke: Palgrave McMillan
Klarreich, S. (2008) Pressure Proofing: How to Increase Personal Effectiveness on the Job and Anywhere Else for that Matter, London: Routledge
Neugebauer, J. And Evans-Brain, J. (2009) Making the Most of your Placement, London: Sage
Winstanley, D (2009) Personal Effectiveness, (2nd Ed), CIPD: London
Yeung, R. (2010) How to Succeed at Interviews, (4th Ed), Oxford: How-to-Books
Annals of Tourism Research
International Journal of Selection
International Journal of Tourism Research
The Journal of Human Resources
http://www.agcas.org.uk/ - (Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services)
http://www.prospects.ac.uk/ - (Graduate Careers website)
http://www.uksp.co.uk - (UKSP Careers in Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism)
You will also find useful publications in the University Careers Centre, situated in the Student Services Centre, Chancellor’s Mall.
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