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Workplace Learning for Geographers

Module titleWorkplace Learning for Geographers
Module codeGEO2318
Academic year2020/1
Module staff

Dr Kuba Jablonowski ()

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks



Number students taking module (anticipated)


Description - summary of the module content

Module description

The opportunity to develop your employability skills and potential in your degree is paramount as you may soon be entering the world of work. In this module, you will develop your skills in career development and planning. You will undertake and reflect on a week-long work experience. You will also complete a number of other tasks, such as attending online employability events, workshops, or individual advice sessions, or creating a social media presence.

Failure to complete a minimum of 37.5 hours of work experience will result in a zero grade for that portion of the assessment. There are no pre- or co-requisites for this module, and it is suitable for non-specialist students.

Module aims - intentions of the module

The aim of this module is to prepare you to join the workforce by developing employability and career development skills.

As part of this module you are expected to develop the following skills:

  • Strategic thinking and problem solving in the workplace.
  • Know how to make professional applications, prepare a high-quality CV and cover letter, and improve your interview skills.
  • Presentation practice to feel as comfortable as possible when delivering a talk online and become a confident communicator.
  • Reflective practice on your work experience and future employment plans.
  • People skills in communicating with peers, employers, and module teaching team.
  • Enquiring mind in pursuing further reading on topics covered in the module.
  • Data management skills in collecting and recording and analysing data (e.g. reflections).
  • Team work.

The module requires you to undertake a week-long work experience, and you must be willing to carry out independent research, to use the Careers Service and to attend careers-related events.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Plan and set out clear goals that are to be achieved from the work experience
  • 2. Reflect upon and evaluate the work experience and analyse what was learnt in terms of employability
  • 3. Develop an initial career plan that evaluates and applies this experience and what you need to do to achieve your goals

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 4. Research, analyse and evaluate the current job market
  • 5. Apply your learning to produce examples of professional communications

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 6. Manage your own learning time about the course
  • 7. Work both cooperatively and independently

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan

Introductory sessions and preparation for the workplace experience.

Introduction to how geographers engage with work and employment as an area of research.

Learning and reflecting on the experience with a review seminar.

Successful completion of the workplace experience.

Completion of a reflective career diary.

Completion of a reflective essay, which demonstrates what you have learnt during the work experience.

Learning and teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching10Workshop
Guided Independent Study60Independent research documented in a reflective career diary
Guided Independent Study42.5Related directed study such as reading key papers, attending careers fairs, meeting with career development officers and attending employability sessions scheduled for GEO2905
Placement37.5Work experience placement


Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Online presentations10 minutesAllOral
Analysis of a job advert and outline of a covering letter 2 x 250 words1, 3-7Oral

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Covering letter451000 words1-7Written
Reflective essay452000 words2-7Written
Successful completion of work experience1037.5 hours2None


Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Covering letterCovering letter1-7August Ref/def
Reflective essayReflective essay2-7August Ref/def
Successful completion of work experienceSuccessful completion of work experience2As necessary

Re-assessment notes

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you will be required to re-submit the relevant assessment as necessary. If you are successful on referral, your overall module mark will be capped at 40%.

If you have not completed the work experience you will be required to complete a further placement.


Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Careers and Employment Service (CES)

  • Careers and Employment Service Guide – available from CES
  • AGCAS booklet – How to complete an application form -available from CES
  • Making Applications – AGCAS booklet available from CES reception
  • Making Applications – AGCAS booklet available from CES reception
  • Making Wizard Applications – by Chris Phillips available to buy


  • Careers and Employment Guide – from CES

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

The Career Zone:

CVs and Making Applications


Work Experience


Module has an active ELE page

Indicative learning resources - Other resources

  • Book a practice interview with employers (check the web for details and dates )
  • DVD – Your Job is online -available to view at CES
  • Video – Looking Good on Paper – available to see at CES
  • DVD – ‘Making an Impact’ – available at CES

Key words search

Employability, careers, job application, work experience

Credit value15
Module ECTS


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