VOLUNTEERING IN A TECHNICAL ROLE

SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3H620658
Module Leader Patrick Quinn
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Audio Engineering
Trimesters
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

This module is designed to provide students an opportunity to gain experience as a volunteer in a technical capacity. In preparing for the opportunity students will explore the role of the volunteer in their intended organisation and plan their experience to maximise the personal development opportunities. During the placement students will record their technical achievements, challenges and any solutions that they develop. At the end of the placement students will have an opportunity to provide a full reflection on their activities.

Syllabus

The syllabus will cover the following areas: Volunteering: role of individual in organisations Planning volunteering placement: Employability skills: range appropriate to organisation Personal reflection: developing CV; establishing goals for opportunity. Indicative assessment: Research into organisation and industry. Preparation of CV reflecting personal goals. Preparation of aims for work experience. 25% Document fully activities of work experience relating them to goals set in coursework 1. 50% Personal reflection on experience. 25%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:Research their intended organisation, the industry in which it is placed and the opportunities within that industry.Plan their placement opportunity and intended employability skills to be gainedDescribe the technical challenges encountered and solutions developed during the placementProduce a portfolio of reflection relating to their volunteering experience

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The University 'Strategy for Learning' documentation has informed the learning and teaching strategy for this module. The work experience opportunity will either be one that is arranged through the University or independently by the student enabling the experience to be inclusive and accessible to all. Selection for the work experience opportunity will take the form of a "real world" application allowing students to gain skills and develop their knowledge of a typical application process. Seminars will further prepare the students for work experience. In the main this module will be project-based and students are expected to take an active role in developing independent and personally focused learning strategies. These strategies will be monitored and directed by tutors acting in a supervisory role. Support will also be provided by a mentor within the organisation providing the placement. The project work undertaken will be a client-driven project and will be specific to the organisation. Knowledge and skills will be developed in seminars through discussion and formative feedback at the start and end of the module.

Indicative Reading

Evans, K., Hodkinson,P., and Unwin,L (2002) Working to learn: transforming learning in the workplace. London . Kogan Page. Moon,J,A. (2004) A Handbook of Reflective and Experiential Learning: Theory and Practice. London : Routledge Scottish Executive (2004) Scottish Executive Volunteering Strategy 2004-2009. Edinburgh: Scottish Executive. Student Volunteering UK (2004) The Art of Crazy Paving: Volunteering for enhanced employability .London . UK

Transferrable Skills

Specialist knowledge and application, Critical thinking and problem solving, Critical analysis, Communication skills, written, oral and listening, Effective Information retrieval and research skills, Computer literacy, Self confidence, self discipline & self reliance (independent working), Awareness of strengths and weaknesses, Creativity, innovation & independent thinking, Knowledge of International affairs, Appreciating and desiring the need for continuing professional development, Reliability, integrity, honesty and ethical awareness, Entrepreneurial, independence and risk-taking, Ability to prioritise tasks and time management (organising and planning work), Interpersonal skills, team working and leadership, Presentation skills, Commercial awareness -4320

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Seminars (FT) 12.00
Independent Learning (FT) 152.00
Assessment (FT) 36.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 3 n/a 25.00 35% Reflection on volunteering experience
Coursework 2 n/a 50.00 35% Review on Technical issues and solutions
Coursework 1 n/a 25.00 35% Review of volunteering and plan