Module title: Educational and Vocational Guidance

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

Module code: SSC11116
Module leader: Susan Meldrum
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Social Science

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

2018/9, Trimester 3, Online,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Online
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Susan Meldrum
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
This module develops an active approach to studying and the capacity for independent learning. You will be provided with responsive, engaging and interactive online learning materials which will include a general introduction to the topic and how to study the module, together with core academic theory relating to the topic. You will also be directed to a variety of electronic sources including e-books, e-journals and other web-based resources, to support your learning. A mix of reflective exercises, case studies and self-assessment questions (with feedback) for each unit will engage you in the learning process. The online materials will encourage you to reflect upon your experiences and learning. You will be encouraged to form your own independent study groups and to interact via Moodle through discussion forums.

To support your learning, you will have access to module specific materials which will comprise of the following: a module introduction/overview, including learning outcomes, and summary of key learning points; ten subject specific units (addressing LO1-3); narrated PowerPoint presentations covering key learning points for each unit; podcasts and/or videos which further explain key concepts (where appropriate); recorded keynote lectures/guest speakers (as appropriate); case studies and outline solutions; two online discussions moderated by the online tutor; self-assessment questions (with automated feedback); reflective exercises; end of unit progress tests; links to core module academic materials; book chapters / journal articles / case materials etc; and a database of ‘Frequently Asked Questions’. Your learning is also supported by a weekly online tutorial, giving you the opportunity to interact with the module leader and fellow students.

Formative Assessment:
Formative feedback will be provided to you throughout the module via feedback on the self-assessment questions and case studies, both of which will have outline solutions developed by the module leader. This will enable you to self-assess your progress and understanding. Appropriate online feedback will be available automatically and immediately after the assessment is completed. Reflective exercises within each unit will provide you with the opportunity to apply the theory to your own practice / experience to support your personal and professional development – your reflections will be captured in an online reflective portfolio which you will be able to review and print.

In week 8, you are encouraged to submit a draft structure, and reference list for the project assignment. At this stage you are also invited to ask questions related to this assignment. You will receive feedback and answers to your questions.

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment will be in the form of one component, with two elements.

Firstly, regular engagement with learning resources is encouraged by ten end of unit progress tests (10%). These tests will consist of ten questions at the end of each of the ten units. They will also offer formative feedback. The tests are ideally undertaken on a weekly basis; week 14 represents the final opportunity to complete them.

The second and final module assessment will be a 3,000 word written project assignment, which contributes the remaining module marks (90%). You will have some choice in the focus of this assignment, to facilitate the exploration of a topic of relevance to your professional interests.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Online Guided independent study 50
Independent Learning Guided independent study 150
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Digital Examination (not Centrally Timetabled) 10 1 & 2 14 HOURS= 1.5, WORDS= 0
Project - Written 90 1,2 & 3 14 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 3000
Component 1 subtotal: 10
Component 2 subtotal: 90
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

This module is intended to develop an understanding of the skills and knowledge necessary to deliver effective career and educational counselling. A key element is developing awareness of the skills required to establish and sustain constructive working relationships with clients, and an awareness of approaches to identify and address their career development needs. You will be introduced to concepts derived from counselling psychology, coaching psychology and career learning, and consider their application to practice. You will have an opportunity to explore the difficult question of what makes guidance effective, and how it can be evaluated for purposes of reflective practice and service improvement.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: Identify the range of skills required to establish, develop and maintain a professional relationship suited to the context, needs and characteristics of clients.
LO2: Compare, contrast, and analyse models of guidance, with consideration of individual, group and online settings.
LO3: Critically reflect on approaches to evaluate the effectiveness of guidance interventions.

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