Module Details

SK701-5-AP-CO: Learning From Work

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Year: 2017/18
Department: Talent Development Centre
Essex credit: 15
ECTS credit: 7.5
Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students: Yes
Full Year Module Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students for a Single Term: No
Outside Option: Yes
Comments: Open to level 5 and 6 (2nd and final year) students

Supervisor: Ms Fiona Elsted
Teaching Staff: Fiona Elsted
Contact details:

Module is taught during the following terms
Autumn Spring Summer

Module Description

Module outline/aims

This module relates to a period spent in an extra-curricular environment such as a work placement, paid employment or volunteering role that is undertaken over a minimum period of ten working weeks or one academic term. The expectation is 150 hours of total learning time, although achievement of learning outcomes is more important than actual time served.

The module is designed to be contextualized by the course team, student and/or employer/client and the student is required to manage his/her learning in the context of work.

The students will develop a wide range of higher level skills, but also the cognitive abilities and personal attributes that are conducive to sustainable employability and successful performance in future work situations

Critical reflection is required, focusing on personal and professional qualities and the role within the professional environment or workplace. The module enables students to gain a critical understanding of Personal Development Planning, focusing on understanding the links between personal action, work and society.

Learning outcomes

On successful module completion students will be able to:

1. Integrate work-related knowledge and experience with the academic elements of a degree course to enhance employability.

2. Demonstrate the personal competencies and skills to obtain and retain *employment in a particular professional environment.

3. Develop and review the technical, managerial and interpersonal skills that are required in a particular professional environment.

4. Gain knowledge and experience on which to base their career plans for future employment and/or further studies.

5. Analyse their own and peers' work environments and reflect on their personal experiences and performance as work-related learners.

*employment might include volunteering positions in commercial or community settings

Indicative module content

Acquisition and integration of knowledge and experience:

Transfer of learning to existing or new work-related context.
Application, synthesis and integration of academic knowledge.
Analysis of the workplace/core business activity, and evaluation of knowledge and skills that determine its success.
Appreciation of inter-disciplinary nature of the workplace.
Involvement with processes and procedures including decision-making.

Employment skills and competencies:

Analysis of work experience needs.
Searching, securing and maintaining suitable work-related activity.
Job application processes - CV writing and interviewing skills.
Development of vocational competencies and skills as appropriate to the employment sector and standards required by employers and/or professional bodies.

Technical, managerial and professional skills:

Development of technical and people related skills appropriate to the professional environment.
Problem-solving, team work and time management skills through a range of work-based activities.
Professional knowledge in executing, applying and prioritizing work-based activities.

Personal Development Planning:

Life roles. Influences. Self awareness, skills auditing, aspirations.
Reflection, action planning and target setting.

Analysis of work environments and performance:

Interrogation of knowledge, understanding and skills derived from work-based activities.
Analysis of personal contribution in the workplace and impact on the organization or work environment. Recognition of personal characteristics required for successful professional working and performance enhancement.
Awareness of employment practices, motivation, job satisfaction and leadership.
Reflection on learning achieved in context of academic subject knowledge, job related skills and personal development.

All references to work and or the workplace should be interpreted in the broad context of the relevant professional environment (to include volunteering, study abroad etc).

Learning and Teaching Methods

Indicative delivery details:

Blend of work-related and work-based activities 110 hours
Tutorial support, lectures, seminars and skills development workshop 20 hours
Reflection and portfolio development 20 hours
Total hours 150 hours


100 per cent Coursework Mark


Portfolio (to include reflective workplace report element, employability skills assessment element and Personal Development Planning element) Report writing and portfolio production are essential skills for this assessment, together with the ability to complete a personal development plan and self evaluation through reflective writing.


  • The module will be supported by specific learning resources appropriate to the work situation. Students will be provided with guidelines during the induction period including recommended reading materials and web-based resources. The following generic texts may be helpful:
  • Eggert, M. 2000. The best job-hunt book in the world. London: Random House.
  • Gershuny. 2003. Changing times: work and leisure in postindustrial society. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Grint, K. 2005. The sociology of work. Cambridge: Polity
  • Harralambos, M. Holborn, M. and Heald, R. 2008. Sociology: themes and perspectives. London: Collins Educational.
  • Noon, M. and Blyton, P. 2006. The realities of work. London: Macmillan.
  • Thompson, M.A. 2000. The global resume and CV guide. New York: Wiley.
  • Web-based resources:,

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