PROFESSIONAL AND EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS DEVELOPMENT (CCE)

SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M2N124704
Module Leader n/a
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject SCEBE - School Office
Trimester
  • 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 skills. This module aims to enhance students self presentation skills through their resume and at job interviews through simulation and role plays. Through preparation of Portfolio student will be engaged in research and reflective practice in their career planning process. This module will introduce students to Performance Appraisal Process through identification and evaluation of students' own strengths and learning needs as practised in industries. They will be learning to evaluate own performance and their personal and professional effectiveness. Through this module students develop an understanding of professionalism and professional ethics and practices. This module will introduce students to problem solving skills and importance of introducing creative, innovative and practical solutions.

Syllabus

-360b7 Understanding Industrial Engineering Competency requirements in Oman b7 Exploring Career Pathways b7 Researching and Planning career in the chosen Engineering stream b7 Analysis of competencies b7 Understanding recruitment and selection procedures b7 Targeting jobs and preparing CV and cover letter b7 Preparation for and presenting oneself at Job interviews b7 Professional and work ethics b7 Working in a multi cultural environment and motivation b7 Group work/ Group Dynamics theories: Belbin, Tuckman, b7 Problem Based Learning b7 Reflection and critical thinking b7 Portfolio management

Learning Outcomes

1. On completion of the module, the students should be able to:1. Evaluate Industrial competency requirements for engineers in Oman2. Evaluate their own competencies, strengths and learning needs through planning career pathways3. Prepare and produce a professional standard CV with cover letter for the target jobs4. Prepare and present themselves effectively at job interviews5. Reflect using process recall and other reflective models in order to self appraise their performance vi. demonstrate an understanding of Professional ethics and practices6. Show an understanding of group dynamics and practical applications of problem based learning (PBL) in case study scenarios7. Reflect using process recall and other reflective models in order to self-appraise their performance8. Demonstrate an understanding of professional ethics and practices

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 case study researches, tutor led workshops, debates, seminars and learning experiences with active participation in college wide events and activities, projects and competitions. Combinations of formative and peer assessments 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 using Six Step Approach. 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 Anderson, L.E, Bolt, S.B (2008) Professionalism: Real Skills for Workplace Success, 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 et al. (1985) Reflection: Turning Experience into Learning , London: Kogan Page. Boud, D. and Feletti, G.(Eds) The challenge of problem based learning 2 nd Edition, London Kogan Page Bright, J & Earl, J (2000) Brilliant CV - what employers want , UK, Prentice Hall Cottrell, S. (2003) The Study Skills Handbook , Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan Cottrell S (2003) Skills for Success: The Personal Development Planning Handbook, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan Cotrell, S. Skills for Success: The Personal Development Planning Handbook, Basingstoke: Palgrave Mc Millan Graves, N (Ed) (1993) Learner-Managed Learning: Practice, theory and policy , Leeds: HC Huczynski, A. and Buchanan, D. (2001) Organisational Behaviour: An Introductory text, (4 th Ed), Essex: Pearson Education Ltd. Hind, D, Moss, S. (2005) Employability Skills , Sunderland, Business Education Publishers Luft,J ( 1984) Group Processes: an introduction to Group Dynamics , USA, Mountain View Additional reading will be suggested by the tutors

Transferrable Skills

-360b7 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

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Workshop 48.00
Independent Learning (FT) 7.00
LRC, Blackboard and Discussion Board 99.00
Project and Tests 22.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 25.00 35% Survey Planning- Class Task
Coursework 2 n/a 50.00 35% Survey report (1500 words)
Coursework 3 n/a 25.00 35% Portfolio Presentation