Module title: Professional Media Industry Placement

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

Module code: JAC11117
Module leader: Rachel Younger
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Media and Screen
Prerequisites

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

2017/8, Trimester 3, Online,
Occurrence: 002
Primary mode of delivery: Online
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner:
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Rachel Younger
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & teaching methods including their alignment to LOs
Lectures, including guest talks, will take place during an intensive online teaching week and will provide you with insight into materials covered on this module, including the art of being a life-long professional learner, of forging a career in unchartered sectors of the industry and of freelancing and promoting yourself. A wordpress refresher on the intranet as well as practical advice on promoting yourself with use of an interactive blog and other social media will help you engage further with the module content. All lecture materials will be made available online to enable you to revise and engage with the content in your own time (LO1-4). The module tutor will help you identify a sector of the industry in which to complete a professional placement that will support the development of your personal learning objectives and career goals. You will show initiative and take steps yourself to secure and complete a three week professional placement, however your tutor will be available to advise and support you throughout the process (LO1-4). To complement module materials made available on the intranet, you will be encouraged to engage independently with e-books, e-journals and other online resources available on the University library website.

Embedding of employability/PDP/scholarship skills
This module focuses specifically on enhancing your career prospects. It will hone your professional as well as transferable skills and help you acquire new areas of expertise, with a view to giving you a cutting edge in a competitive workplace. Assignments and activities are designed to strengthen your personal development and to enhance your ability to work across many sectors of the media industry.

Assessment (formative and summative)
Assignment 1, a learning log, will provide evidence of completion of a three week placement and will also provide you with the opportunity to reflect on the nature of the medi

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)
Face To Face Lecture 10
Other Work based learning 105
Independent Learning Guided independent study 85
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Learning Log 60 1-4 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Portfolio 40 1-4 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 60
Component 2 subtotal: 40
Module subtotal: 100
2018/9, Trimester 1, Online,
Occurrence: 003
Primary mode of delivery: Online
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner:
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Rachel Younger
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & teaching methods including their alignment to LOs
Lectures, including guest talks, will take place during an intensive online teaching week and will provide you with insight into materials covered on this module, including the art of being a life-long professional learner, of forging a career in unchartered sectors of the industry and of freelancing and promoting yourself. A wordpress refresher on the intranet as well as practical advice on promoting yourself with use of an interactive blog and other social media will help you engage further with the module content. All lecture materials will be made available online to enable you to revise and engage with the content in your own time (LO1-4). The module tutor will help you identify a sector of the industry in which to complete a professional placement that will support the development of your personal learning objectives and career goals. You will show initiative and take steps yourself to secure and complete a three week professional placement, however your tutor will be available to advise and support you throughout the process (LO1-4). To complement module materials made available on the intranet, you will be encouraged to engage independently with e-books, e-journals and other online resources available on the University library website.

Embedding of employability/PDP/scholarship skills
This module focuses specifically on enhancing your career prospects. It will hone your professional as well as transferable skills and help you acquire new areas of expertise, with a view to giving you a cutting edge in a competitive workplace. Assignments and activities are designed to strengthen your personal development and to enhance your ability to work across many sectors of the media industry.

Assessment (formative and summative)
Assignment 1, a learning log, will provide evidence of completion of a three week placement and will also provide you with the opportunity to reflect on the nature of the medi

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)
Face To Face Lecture 10
Other Work based learning 105
Independent Learning Guided independent study 85
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Learning Log 60 1-4 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Portfolio 40 1-4 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 60
Component 2 subtotal: 40
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

On this module, an initial series of lectures, some held by industry guest speakers, will introduce you to ways to strategically further your career and promote yourself and your work. You will be provided with insight into pathways into employment in sectors of the media unfamiliar to you, and you will reflect on methods to expand your field of professional activity, starting with gaining access to work experience and making a positive mark that will open new doors once there. Portfolio work, freelancing and understanding how the industry operates are as relevant as the ability to spot opportunities and make the most of them. Sometimes, you just have one chance to make that pitch or leave that impression that will get you noticed and open up new fields of activity. Lectures will also cover how to conduct the rigorous risk assessment required before engaging in work in an unfamiliar field, especially if this is overseas.
This module is not about expecting the tutor to serve you that placement in an unfamiliar media sector on a platter. Whilst your tutor will support you, you will show initiative and take steps to shape your career yourself. You will reflect on the process of engaging with an unfamiliar area of activities, and in a learning log, you will identify strengths and weaknesses as you engage with three weeks of work experience. You’ll reflect on ways to draw benefit from lessons you learn that will further your future professional development. This module will introduce you to a range of networking platforms used by media professionals around the globe and will familiarise you with different in-house codes of conduct, style guides and corporate identities adopted by a range of employers.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: critically examine the nature of and employment opportunities in a media sector of your choice
LO2: critically appraise your professional performance throughout the placement period
LO3: critically reflect on ways to promote yourself and on pathways into unfamiliar professional territory
LO4: produce a portfolio demonstrating a strong ability to promote yourself and your professional skills.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
JAC11117 Professional Media Industry Placement