MODULE DESCRIPTION 2017-2018


ACADEMIC YEAR 20 CREDITS



AAP3007 WORK PLACE LEARNING



CO-ORDINATOR: TBA
OTHER TUTORS:


MODULE OUTLINE

The module will provide ‘hands-on’ experience in a professional working environment. The placement(s) (of c.15 days) can be in the archaeological sector, such as a research excavation, laboratory, museum, or commercial unit. They can also be with non-archaeological organisations which engage with archaeology, apply archaeological knowledge, or have working practices that resemble or inform an archaeological approach e.g. scientific labs, schools, environmental agencies and consultancies etc. The assessment will involve an occupational study and a placement report summarising the work undertaken together with a reflection on the learning experience.


BROAD ACADEMIC AIMS AND PRINCIPLES OF THE UNIT

• give students direct experience of a professional working environment through a placement within an appropriate organisation or research project;
• raise students’ abilities and knowledge in an area in which they want to work once graduated;
• prepare students for employment by equipping them with relevant time management, interpersonal, health and safety, and organisational skills;
• foster independent thinking, judgement and a reflexive approach through the preparation of a report on the placement.


MEASUREABLE LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of this module students should be able to demonstrate:
• An ability to identify a suitable organisation and apply for a placement using a CV and letter;
• An ability to undertake tasks, under supervision, to a professional standard as part of a team or independently;
• An in-depth and critical understanding of the academic and professional context in which she or he is working;
• An ability to write a reflective report on an aspect of the placement, including samples of work undertaken to a professional standard and within guidelines appropriate to the content.


STUDENT ATTENDANCE AND INDEPENDENT STUDY

Type Hours
Seminars 8
Tutorial 2
Work Placement c.105
Independent/Group Study (including preparation for assessments) 85


ASSESSMENT

Method % of marks Length / words
Occupational Study 40% 1500
Placement Report 60% 3000


EXAMPLE LECTURE/SEMINAR TITLES

  • Introduction to work-based learning
  • Preparing an occupational study
  • Introduction to reflective learning
  • One-to-one tutorials to discuss placement ideas
  • Review session on occupational study
  • Review of placement
  • Placement report
  • Review session on placement report