30 credits at level HE5
An induction into the world of work specifically experiencing the particular demands of the creative industries. This will involve;
1. Developing relevant skills and knowledge for the working environment, including time-management, independent working and continual professional development.
2. Observing and absorbing methods of best practice, peer review and the mentoring support role.
3. Integrating the knowledge and skills acquired from other areas of the course into a self-determined, practical project that will provide a cohesion of this material specifically within the context of the chosen placement.
4. Developing inter-personal and communication skills.
Before commencement of the placement, the student will undertake a period of preparatory work. The choice of placement will be subject to the approval of the placement officer(s) who assumes responsibility for the management and operation of the module.
An example of an appropriate placement would be the commercial recording of a band. Under the mentoring of the placement officer, the student would liase with the studio manager and band manager and ultimately with the band themselves, as to the type and style of the recording to be made and facilities required. These would be critically analysed and evaluated by the student and discussed in peer review sessions. Standard documentation used by the studio would need to be prepared together with any contractual requirements and scheduled time allocation.
This module is, by its very nature, intensely practical so the predominant teaching strategy is that students learn by doing.
The student must;
1. Produce a written Proposal Brief and Plan, which declares the expected progression and outcome of the project.
2. Maintain a weekly diary-log of the tasks carried out, problems encountered and any remedies tried.
3. Give a Presentation of the Project.
4. Finally produce a Placement Report of the overall development of the Project and also containing a personal assessment of the skills and knowledge acquired and developed during the placement. The written assignment is a most 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.
Employers are asked to complete an Employer Report. In recognition of the fact that most employers are very busy, this will be structured as a simple and brief pro-forma. There is provision for the employer to offer constructive comments which assist in the grading of the student's work, and which are helpful to the student.
During the placement, the placement officer will regularly visit the student in order to assess the contribution to the employing organisation together with attitude and motivation and the skills acquired and developed.
Formal Lectures (15)
Unsupervised Practicals (10)
Directed Research (25)
Directed Reading (10)
Assignment preparation and implementation (70)
On-site Work Placement (160)
Total 300 hours.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Know how to prepare for a commercial project in terms of technical specification, goals and objectives, time-allocation and negotiation.||Prepare a project Proposal Brief stating the broad outline of the project, its specifications and a plan of how the project is to be progressed over the allotted time span.|
|2.||Appreciate the significance of time-management both personal and project related and have begun to develop this personal skill.||Complete the allotted tasks to time.|
|3.||Appreciate the needs and aspirations of management, colleagues, the work force, members of the public, customers and representatives of other companies.||Have fostered good working relationships with colleagues, the clients and their management and have successfully liased with any other individuals as appropriate.|
|4.||Have assimilated technical and practical skills acquired on other modules into the project.||Successfully manage the tasks required during the placement.|
|5.||Have developed communication skills both written and aural.||Produce a Proposal Brief, give a short Presentation toward the end of the project and produce a Placement Report.|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Proposal Brief and Plan.||Continuous assessment by placement officer.||Employer Report.||Student Placement Report and Presentation.|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
Policy documents, organisational structure, products and services of the placement company.
Specific technical material relating to the requirements of the placement project.
University Career Centre literature on job applications, interviews etc.
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