EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS DEVELOPMENT (CCE)

SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M2H124702
Module Leader Babakalli Alkali
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject SCEBE - School Office
Trimesters
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

This module focuses on the following key areas: The module aims to develop students' skill to enter, stay in and progress in their workplace through mastering job search and career enhancement skills. This module aims to enhance students self-marketing and self-presentation skills through their resume, elevator speech or personal commercial, individual and group presentation, and job interviews through simulation and role plays. Students will be revisiting technical report writing sharing their industrial or engineering learning experience. Through preparation of career pathway plan and/or evaluation of current organisation students will be engaged in professional goal setting, research and reflective practice in their career planning process. This module will introduce students to performance appraisal process through identification and evaluation of own strengths and learning needs as practiced in industries. Through this module students develop an understanding of professionalism and professional ethics and practices which will be tackled through debates and group discussions and will encourage high standards of critical thinking and reflection.

Syllabus

-360b7 Aligning the module with industrial employability demands b7 Understanding industrial engineering competency requirements in Oman b7 Exploring Career Pathways and growth opportunities. b7 Researching, planning and presenting a career pathway in the chosen engineering stream b7 Technical report writing on industrial or engineering learning experience b7 Identifying key employers and their specialisations in Oman and understanding their recruitment and selection procedures b7 Targeting jobs and preparing CV and cover letter b7 Presenting oneself effectively at Job interviews b7 Reflective learning involving lifelong learning and continued professional development -360b7 Group discussion skills - debating, defending and supporting a cause in a local context

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the module, the learners should be able to1. Prepare and present self-marketing tools like elevator speech/personal commercial, professional CV and cover letter. [D2; D5; D 8; D 10], [AM1]2. Present a group research based career pathway plan involving targeted employer, positions available, job responsibilities involved, education, skills, training and experience required. (For Full time students)[ D1; D2; D5; D7; D8; D10], [AM1]3. Produce an evaluative report on the current working organization in terms of the staff management pertaining to staff management and career growth opportunities. (For Part Time students) )[ D1; D2; D5; D7; D8; D10], [AM1; AM2]4. Prepare, produce and present a report on their industrial or engineering learning experience. [D8; D9; D10], [AM1, AM2, AM7]4.Present themselves effectively in job interviews through role playing and simulation [D 8; D10], [AM8]5. Reflect up on own performance evaluating the learning experience undergone and learning required.[D 8; D9; D10], [AM1, AM5]

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Students will be introduced to the concept of professionalism and will be encouraged to visualise and analyse workplace requirements through lectures, group industry researches, tutor led workshops, video presentations, debates, seminars and learning experiences with active participation in college wide events and activities, projects and competitions. Skills learnt in the English Language classes in Foundation studies and Technical Communication module will be reinforced. Combinations of formative and Summative assessments, peer assessment will be used to support the acquisition of work based and employability skills. Guest speakers from industries and the input sessions will emphasise independent learning and need for taking responsibility for one's own learning and acquisition of skills required to survive the dynamic work environment. Students will be exposed to training videos and material in the learning resource centre (LRC) for further research and development of skills. Students will benefit from virtual classroom and will be able to discuss their progress with their tutors through blackboard and discussion forum.

Indicative Reading

-720 Books: Anderson, L.E. and Bolt, S.B., 2008. Professionalism: real skills for workplace success. New Jersey: Prentice Hall. Baden, M.S., 2000.Problem based learning in higher education. UK: SRHE & OUP. Benson, J.F., 1987. Working more creatively with groups, London: Tevistock. Boud, D., Keogh, R. and Walker, D. eds., 1985. Reflection: turning experience into learning. London: Kogan Page. Boud, D. and Feletti, G. eds., 1997. The challenge of problem based learning 2 nd ed. London: Kogan Page. Bright, D. J. and <http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=ntt_athr_dp_sr_1?_encoding=UTF8&field-author=Dr%20Jim%20Bright&search-alias=books-uk>Earl, J., 2010. Brilliant cv: what employers want to see and how to write it. 4 edition., UK: Prentice Hall; Cottrell, S., 2003. The study skills handbook. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. -720 Cottrell, S. 2003. Skills for success: the personal development planning handbook. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. -720 Done <http://www.pearsoned.co.uk/bookshop/Results.asp?iCurPage=1&Type=1&Author=Judith+Done&Download=1&SearchTerm=Judith+Done>,J. and Mulvey, R., 2011. Brilliant graduate career handbook. New Jersey:Prentice Hall. Emden <http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=ntt_athr_dp_sr_1?_encoding=UTF8&sort=relevancerank&search-alias=books&ie=UTF8&field-author=Joan%20van%20Emden>,J. Van. and Becker L., <http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=ntt_athr_dp_sr_2?_encoding=UTF8&sort=relevancerank&search-alias=books&ie=UTF8&field-author=Lucinda%20Becker> 2010. Presentation Skills for Students. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan Hind, D. and Moss, S., 2005. Employability skills. Sunderland: Business Education Publishers. Hughes <http://www.amazon.com/John-Hughes/e/B008BUC2HK/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1>,J. and Mallett <http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=ntt_athr_dp_sr_2?_encoding=UTF8&sort=relevancerank&search-alias=books&ie=UTF8&field-author=Andy%20Mallett>, A., 2012. Successful presentations: DVD and student's book pack: A video series teaching business communication skills for adult professionals. 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A., 2010. The career guidebook for engineers. MN: Wiley. Innes,J., 2009. Brilliant cover letters: what you need to know to write a truly brilliant cover letter.UK: Pearson Business. Innes,J., 2012. The interview question & answer book: your definitive guide to the best answers to even the toughest interview questions. UK: Pearson Business. Kirton, B., <http://www.pearsoned.co.uk/bookshop/Results.asp?iCurPage=1&Type=1&Author=Bill+Kirton&Download=1&SearchTerm=Bill+Kirton> 2011. Brilliant workplace skills for students & graduates. New Jersey: Prentice Hall. 9bVisit Amazon's James Innes PageFind all the books, read about the author, and more. Phillips, L., Hicks, W.S. and Springer, D.R. 2005. Basic debate. US: McGraw-Hill. See search results <http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=ntt_athr_dp_sr_pop_1?_encoding=UTF8&field-author=James%20Innes&search-alias=books-uk> for this author name Are you an Author? Learn about Author Central <http://authorcentral.amazon.co.uk/ref=ntt_atc_dp_pel_1> Scherer <http://www.pearsoned.co.uk/bookshop/Results.asp?iCurPage=1&Type=1&Author=Andrew+Scherer&Download=1&SearchTerm=Andrew+Scherer>, A.,2011, Brilliant intern. New Jersey:Prentice Hall. Trought <http://www.pearsoned.co.uk/bookshop/Results.asp?iCurPage=1&Type=1&Author=Frances+Trought&Download=1&SearchTerm=Frances+Trought>, F., 2011. Brilliant employability skills: how to stand out from the crowd in the graduate job market. New Jersey:Prentice Hall. Young <http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=ntt_athr_dp_sr_1?_encoding=UTF8&sort=relevancerank&search-alias=books&ie=UTF8&field-author=Kathryn%20Sue%20Young>, K. S., Wood J.T., <http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=ntt_athr_dp_sr_2?_encoding=UTF8&sort=relevancerank&search-alias=books&ie=UTF8&field-author=Julia%20T.%20Wood>Phillips G.M. and <http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=ntt_athr_dp_sr_3?_encoding=UTF8&sort=relevancerank&search-alias=books&ie=UTF8&field-author=Gerald%20M.%20Phillips>Pedersen D. J. 2006. <http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=ntt_athr_dp_sr_4?_encoding=UTF8&sort=relevancerank&search-alias=books&ie=UTF8&field-author=Douglas%20J.%20Pedersen> Group discussion: a practical guide to participation and leadership. 4 th edition, IL: Waveland Press, Inc. Useful Links: http://www.engc.org.uk/

Transferrable Skills

-360b7 Self-marketing and presentation b7 Effective communication b7 Information gathering and management b7 Forward planning b7 Interpersonal skills b7 Professional preparedness and practice b7 Team work and collaborative skills b7 Reflection and critical thinking b7 Self-evaluation

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 30.00
Practicals (FT) 56.00
Independent Learning (FT) 114.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 3 n/a 25.00 35% Interview
Coursework 2 n/a 50.00 35% Career Pathway Plan
Coursework 1 n/a 25.00 35% CV, Cover letter and Personal Commercial