Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SSI3020: Employment Experience (UK and Abroad)

This module descriptor refers to the 2024/5 academic year.

Module Aims

1. To increase your employability skills in an increasingly competitive market through:

  • seeking and successfully gaining a work placement
  • being in a workplace for a significant period and reflecting on that experience

2. To develop your intercultural awareness and competence through reflection on the experience of employment.

3. To enhance your capacity for self-assessment through structured reflection on your experience.

4. Where relevant, to enhance your awareness of the process of foreign-language learning and to develop strategies for more effective language learning.

5. Enhance key transferable skills through the managing of your learning in an independent context, e.g. working with others; problem solving; communication, building resilience; leadership skills.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here – you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. produce job applications that represent your strengths and target specific employers in an appropriate manner;
2. demonstrate knowledge and application of the attitudes and qualities that are required to function well in a work environment;
3. demonstrate an ability to communicate (in writing and in speech) in a manner appropriate to the particular workplace context;
4. where study is outside of the UK, demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the host country and a sensitivity to its culture so as to function as an integrated member of its society.
Discipline-Specific Skills5. demonstrate skills in the research, selection and evaluation of specific jobs and the structural context of those jobs;
6. demonstrate a critical understanding of the social, cultural and political considerations that influence employment settings, using appropriate discipline-specific theoretical perspectives to analyse those settings.
Personal and Key Skills7. develop or enhance practical work-based skills and experience;
8. negotiate the different types of working relationships with staff within the workplace and others relevant to the placement;
9. demonstrate the ability to identify and reflect on personal challenges and to learn from their resolution;
10. demonstrate the ability to use a range of technologies and applications relevant to most work places.