Module title: Education and Labour Markets

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

Module code: CRG11126
Module leader: Sheena Travis
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Social Science


2019/0, Trimester 1, Blended,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Blended
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Sheena Travis
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Online or computer lab based activities will be used to introduce students to career information resources [LO1]. Students will be equipped with basic employer liaison skills (including safety awareness) to enable them to conduct the visits, which form a core part of the learning process in this module [LO2 & 5]. A combination of briefings and their own research will enable them to develop the necessary knowledge of opportunities (LO3 & 4].

Formative Assessment:
First assessment - Formative feedback is provided in class in week 12 where students are encouraged to share draft leaflets and give peer critique.

Second assessment - Formative feedback will be available from the tutor in week 2 of trimester 2, focused on the choice and scope of industry sector to be studies, the draft structure for the report and the team’s proposed plan of activities.

Summative Assessment:
The two assessments in this module are complementary.

The first focuses on the design of occupational information for service users. Students are assigned an occupation, and gather information on the nature of the work and education and training routes. This requires two visits to workplaces to conduct job studies, and two visits to education providers (typically an FE college and a training provider). They present an information leaflet (1000 words) and a short rationale for their design and critique provision, through linking this task to the published literature (500 words). Formative feedback is provided in class in week 12 where students are encouraged to share draft leaflets and give peer critique.

The second assignment provides greater depth and an industry specific focus. Working in a team, normally four students will research the labour market in a niche industry using all available sources of information including visits. They will produce a report summarising the labour market intelligence they have generated, and share a summary of their findings with their peer group.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 20
Online Guided independent study 10
Independent Learning External visits 30
Independent Learning Guided independent study 140
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 30 1, 2 & 3 14 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1500
Project - Written 70 2,3, 4 & 5 30 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 12000
Component 1 subtotal: 30
Component 2 subtotal: 70
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

The module will give you a broad understanding of structures in education and employment, as well as government training and schemes to combat unemployment. You will be supported to undertake field research experience on visits to opportunity providers, which will give specific examples to balance the overview provided by formal teaching input. This culminates in an industry specific project which integrates the collection of LMI, making sense of the information and then presenting knowledge in accessible ways. This provides a holistic and experiential view of labour markets as they relate to the work of career practitioners.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: Identify and use career (occupational and educational) information systems in support of advice and guidance work.
LO2: Liaise and network effectively with opportunity providers.
LO3: Explain and critically evaluate structures and types of provision in education and training including qualification systems, and programmes to promote employability.
LO4: Analyse and evaluate employment patterns and changes in work at a variety of levels (international, European, UK and Scottish, and local) and identify the implications for the provision of guidance services.
LO5: Become competent in collecting, analysing and disseminating labour market intelligence.

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