20 credits at level HE5
This module will prepare you for, and place you into, a work-based environment within the Live Events Production industry. It will help you to learn about how to seek and secure employment and to develop the skills required to work effectively in the industry. It is vital for you to test and further develop your skills and academic learning in the workplace so that you learn a range of useful skills and knowledge to make it easier for you to obtain work in the industry - this module will help you to do this.
You will be given the opportunity to tailor your work-based experience to help you realise your goals and ambitions. The work-based context in which you will undertake the module could be in various forms to give flexibility to meet individual needs e.g., it could range from a work placement within an established professional company with professional mentoring to an individual practitioner intervention where activity is based “in-house” with significant and appropriate contribution from visiting professional practitioners and the establishment of a small production company.
The module is very practical, and you will learn from experiencing practical activities and reflecting on them. You will learn how to obtain work in the industry, and to apply and further develop theoretical and practical knowledge gained in the modules you have completed on your Foundation Degree programme. You will learn about the policies and practices of the work-based environment so that you understand and can work within them. As part of this module you will undertake an agreed work-based project.
1. Career skills and work-based opportunities: types of opportunities (e.g., placement, employment, in-house); personal development planning and identifying your career needs; negotiating and obtaining a work-based opportunity; writing a professional CV; interview preparation (personal presentation, interview technique, body language and communication skills, researching the organisations; interview skills)
2. Work-based practice: terms and conditions of the placement opportunity; introduction to the work-based organisation’s policies and procedures; structure of the host organisation; purpose of the host organisation (e.g., products and services); roles and responsibilities of relevant personnel; negotiating work-based opportunities; undertaking an agreed role / project; application and further development of skills and knowledge in previous modules; learning new skills and knowledge; relevant specialist legislation; maintaining legal, professional and ethical standards including confidentiality; project planning and management.
3. Introduction to reflective practice: theories and concepts of reflection and reflective practice (e.g. reflection in action and reflection on action; De Bono); constructing and discussing hypothetical significant incidents in order to practice reflective skills; continuous improvement of practice through reflection and review; maintaining a professional and reflective diary-log.
4. Academic and transferable skills: communication skills; time management; planning: problem solving; numeracy; preparing and giving a presentation; report writing; evidencing workplace experiences in a structured portfolio; academic requirements of study and assessment at HE5.
A blended learning approach will be used to deliver the module which means that it will be delivered face-to-face with some supportive online learning. As previously mentioned, the module is very practical so the predominant teaching strategy is experiential learning which means you will be learning through doing and reflecting on your experiences to draw out key learning points which will be useful to you. You will also attend workshops and participate in tutorials to develop your career skills and help you prepare for your work-based practice. During your work-based practice you will receive mentoring from an appropriate person in the placement organisation and/or a tutor from the Backstage Academy.
Employers will be asked to complete an Employer's Report consisting of a concise pro-forma. There is provision for the employer to offer constructive comments which will assist your tutor to grade your work for the module and which will be helpful to you. During the placement, an approved placement officer will visit you to assess your contribution to the host organisation in terms of your:
• use of employability, technical and practical skills and knowledge;
• relations with work colleagues and clients;
• work as a member of a team;
• compliance with the host organisation’s policies and procedures;
• compliance with relevant health and safety legislation and regulations.
Overall, you will spend 200 learning hours on this module and an approximate breakdown of how this time will be spent is shown below.
Preparation for work-placement 9 hours
On-site Work Placement 120 hours
Mentoring and tutoring in the workplace 1 hour
Assignment preparation and implementation 70 hours
You will be given formative feedback on your professional CV which you will devise to market yourself effectively, and on your interview preparation and your interview skills. During the work-based practice opportunity, you will receive feedback from your tutor, mentor and/or other key personnel in the host organisation. You will also receive feedback on your work-in-progress as you develop your reflective placement report and supporting evidence that is required for summative assessment. You will give a presentation to your peers to share experiences of your work-based opportunity and undertaking your work-based project. The feedback you receive will also help you to improve the work you do for summative assessment.
For your summative assessment you will write a reflective report with supporting evidence. This will show the overall development of your project and provide a personal assessment of the skills and knowledge acquired and developed during the placement. A written assignment is asked for as it is an effective medium for assessment in that it is precise in its requirements and is sufficiently demanding to tax the imagination and creativity of the writer. It also helps you to develop your written communication skills. As part of your supporting evidence you will have a: supervising tutor’s visit report, an employer's report, a comprehensive weekly diary-log of the tasks carried out together with analysis of problems encountered, remedies tried, and an evaluation of their success. You will also have the outputs of your project.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Demonstrate, in a work-based setting, employability, technical and practical skills and knowledge.||
1.1 Negotiate, manage and complete agreed work-based tasks correctly, safely and on time. This will include an innovative work-based project.
1.2 Maintain a comprehensive weekly diary-log of the tasks carried out together with a detailed analysis of problems encountered, remedies tried, and a critical evaluation of their success.
1.3 Build positive relations with work colleagues and clients and work effectively as a member of a team.
1.4 Read, understand and comply with the host organisation’s policies and procedures and with relevant health and safety legislation and regulations.
|2.||Recognise the development of your professional and personal skills.||
2.1 Undertake a reflective analysis of your work-based experience and summarise your key learning points.
2.2 Explain how undertaking the work-based experience has extended your knowledge and skills and identify areas for further development.
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Reflective written report with supporting evidence.|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
Moon, J. (2006) A Handbook of Reflective and Experiential Learning: Theory and Practice. London: RoutledgeFalmer. Myilibray. http://www.myilibrary.com?id=5227 [2 May 2009]
Moon, J. (2006) Learning Journals: A Handbook for Reflective Practice and Professional Development. London: Routledge. Myilibray. http://www.myilibrary.com?id=54938 [2 May 2009]
Yeung, R. (2003) The ultimate career success workbook. London: Kogan Page. NetLibrary. http://www.netLibrary.com/urlapi.asp?action=summary&v=1&bookid=81154 [4 May 2009]
In addition to the above sources, tutors will help you to identify specialist sources relevant to your project. You will also read documentation produced by your host organization (e.g., policy documents, organisational structure, products and services of the host organisation).
|Host Subject Group:||Creative Technologies|
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