Module title: Publishing Placement and Professional Development

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: CLP11103
Module leader: Avril Gray
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Humanities and Culture
Prerequisites

CLP11100
Publishing in Context

2018/9, Trimester 2, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Avril Gray
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning and Teaching methods including their alignment to LOs
Three two-hour seminars prior to the work placement will cover a range of topics, preparing you for the experience of working in a publishing environment (LOs 1-5). The work placement can be taken at any point throughout trimester two (i.e. a continuous two-week period over the Easter break or during weeks 14 and 15, or one/two/three days per week for the appropriate number of weeks). This must be agreed with the programme leader prior to commencement of the placement. A database of firms willing to be contacted will be provided by the module leader but it will be the responsibility of the student to arrange the placement and negotiate hours with the employer.

Embedding of employability skills/PDP/Scholarship
The aim of this module is to enable students to put into practice the skills and knowledge they have gained during the first trimester of the programme, while developing hard and soft employabilty skills. The focus is on professional and personal developent. Development of industry specific skills will be conducted within the workplace and will enable the you to identify competencies and areas which require further development. PDP will be enhanced through active participation in reflection.

Assessment
You will undertake a range of formative and summative assessments during the module. You will be supported in the creation of your CV (formative assessment). You must submit your CV by a given deadline (via VLE) and it must be approved by the Module Leader before the placement provider is contacted (LOs 1 and 5). The Learning Agreement (LOs 1, 3 and 5) must be drafted and submited to the Module Leader in advance of the commencement of the placement to allow formative feedback to be provided. Networking and presentation skills, as well as interview techniques will also be supported.

Assessment One
A Report (summative) into the company and/or your career aims and objectives will enable you

Formative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

Summative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Other Work based learning 70
Face To Face Tutorial 6
Independent Learning Guided independent study 124
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 40 1-5 8-10 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Portfolio 60 1-5 14/15 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Many companies expect students to have experience of working within the publishing industry before applying for their first position. The aim of this module therefore, is to enable students to consolidate and apply the academic study which they have undertaken in the first trimester of this programme and provide the opportunity to experience the commercial realities of industry. The module also aims to introduce and prepare students to experience some of those elements in professional life and employment which cannot be taught in an academic environment.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: Critically appraise current publishing employment marketplace, and demonstrate interpersonal and professional communication skills.
LO2.Analyse some of the management issues within the sector.
LO3.Critically reflect on the common and collaborative activities associated with employment in publishing.
LO4.Hypothesise on the internal and external factors within the organisation that may effect its development, growth and decision-making capabilities.
LO5. Develop critical evaluation skills in relation to your own work and make recommendations in relation to progression and development of your work.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:

Core - RUTH HELYER (2015) THE WORK-BASED LEARNING STUDENT HANDBOOK: PALGRAVE MACMILLAN, 2nd ed. - ISBN: 978113741383
Recommended - BAVERSTOCK, ALISON, STEVE CAREY AND SUSANNAH BOWEN (2008) HOW TO GET A JOB IN PUBLISHING: A REALLY PRACTICAL GUIDE TO CAREERS IN BOOKS AND MAGAZINES: A&C BLACK, 1st ed.
Recommended - LONGSON, SALLY (2009) MAKING WORK EXPERIENCE COUNT: HOW TO GET THE RIGHT WORK EXPERIENCE AND IMPROVE YOUR CAREER PROSPECTS: ROBINSON, 2nd ed. - ISBN: 978185703517
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