WORK07020 2020 Work Placement Preparation

General Details

Full Title
Work Placement Preparation
Transcript Title
Work Placement Preparation
Code
WORK07020
Attendance
N/A %
Subject Area
WORK - Work Placement
Department
ESCI - Environmental Science
Level
07 - NFQ Level 7
Credit
05 - 05 Credits
Duration
Semester
Fee
Start Term
2020 - Full Academic Year 2020-21
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Author(s)
Ann-Marie Duddy, Frances Lucy, Ana Vale, Steve Tonry
Programme Membership
SG_SECOL_B07 202000 Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science with Ecology SG_SECOL_H08 202000 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Environmental Science with Ecology
Description

Students are required to undertake a period of work placement in a relevant Company/Organisation at the end of 3rd Year. This module aims to prepare students for this work placement. Guest speakers are also invited to address the class on a regular basis on a range of current topics.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;

1.

Identify their preferred career choice(s) and indicate the modules and skills that may be potentially beneficial in achieving such a role.

2.

Prepare a CV and cover letter, specific to the role being applied for.

3.

Identify the key stages of the recruitment and selection process and demonstrate appropriate interview skills.

4.

Understand the performance and behaviour appropriate to the contemporary workplace.

5.

Discuss the employment and other opportunities that are available in their chosen field.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered fulltime. This will include lectures and group work augmented by independent learning and directed learning. This approach is expected to address student learning needs. Moodle will be used as a repository of educational resources and as a means of assessment (e.g. quizzes, uploading assignments and journals).

Module Assessment Strategies

This module is 100% Continuous Assessment.

  • Professional Placement Profile (20%) - research and prepare a Placement Profile indicating their Placement preferences. This Profile will be used to secure Work Placement.
  • Preparation of CV & Cover letter (30%) - guidance provided and feedback given in order to improve.
  • Mock interview (20%) - to prepare the student for the actual work placement interview.
  • Report (30%) - identifying future opportunities in the area, referencing information from guest speakers and students own research.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat Continuous Assessment

Indicative Syllabus

Identify their preferred career choice(s) and indicate the modules and skills that may be potentially beneficial in achieving such a role.

  • Overview of the work placement process.
  • Introduction to job search skills and career search platforms.
  • Preparation of placement profile identifying career preferences, skills, strengths, weaknesses and up skill opportunities.
  • Guest speakers from external organisations and previous placement students will provide information on their roles/experience.

Prepare a CV and cover letter, specific to the role being applied for.

  • CV layout and the key information to include.
  • Cover letter preparation.

Identify the key stages of the recruitment and selection process and demonstrate appropriate interview skills.

  • Job descriptions and role specifications.
  • Where roles are advertised.
  • Application requirements and deadlines.
  • Interview preparation and interview types (formal, informal, competency based interviews).
  • Carrying out of a mock interview.
  • References.
  • Contracts.
  • Probation periods.

Understand the performance and behaviour appropriate to the contemporary workplace.

  • Professional Etiquette (dress code, reliability, punctuality, health and safety).
  • Communication - meetings, presentations, project planning.
  • Conflict resolution.

Discuss the employment and other opportunities that are available in their chosen field.

  • Guest speakers from external organisations and previous placement students will provide information on their roles/experience.
  • Opportunities in a wide range of organisations identified (volunteering, NGOs, research, industry, Government etc.)

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Professional Placement Profile Continuous Assessment Assessment 20 % Week 2 1
2 Preparation of CV & Cover letter Continuous Assessment Assignment 30 % Week 4 2
3 Mock Interview Continuous Assessment Interview 20 % OnGoing 3,4
4 Report Continuous Assessment Assignment 30 % End of Semester 5

Full Time Mode Workload


Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Workshop Flat Classroom Work Placement Prep 2 Weekly 2.00
Workshop Computer Laboratory Job search & CV preparation 1 Weekly 1.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Assignments, Research 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Module Resources

Journal Resources

Students will be directed to journals relevant to their interests.

URL Resources

Up to date recruitment site links will be provided on the module moodle page.

https://gradireland.com/career-sectors/environment-and-natural-resources/graduate-careers-advice-you-and-your-environmental-science-degree

http://www.greencareersireland.com/vacancies

https://www.greenjobs.ie/