Faculty of Law Business and Social Sciences Law Accountancy Business and Management Central and East European Studies Economics Economic and Social History Politics Sociology and Anthropology Urban Studies Faculty Survey Skills Identified by Faculty staff
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Business and Management
Central and East European Studies
Economic and Social History
Sociology and Anthropology
Skills Identified by Faculty staff
Which of the above identified skills does your Department already provide?
All of the above skills are contained within the degree, however, not all are necessarily taught or assessed.
There was concern about the notion of ‘teaching’ skills in a research-led institution where the emphasis has historically been towards independent learning.
Which of the identified skills that are not already taught or assessed could be addressed or developed within the Department?
Effective oral communication skills: however, a substantial reorganisation of tutorials would be required, including additional teaching resources to permit appropriate reduction of Level 1 & 2 tutorial sizes
Which of the skills do you believe would require external or centrally provided input?
Most of the employability skills available though our courses are acquired incidentally, but acquisition could probably benefit by the central provision of explicit training by those appropriately trained to do this
Is there scope to teach and/or assess courses in a different way if it would help to develop the identified important skills?
There are a number of individuals who have used and are developing alternative methods of assessment e.g. reflective diaries, work related learning and peer assessment. Therefore over the the degree students may (if they select certain courses) experience different methods.
Can students recognise that employability skills are included in the teaching or assessment of courses?
Students probably are not aware of the skills contained within courses. A detailed skills map is currently being undertaken within the department and subsequently a student document will be written outlining skills explicitly.
What specific resources would be needed by your Department to develop the identified employability skills within your courses?
The main inhibitor to developing these types of employability skills is staff time and research pressure.
(Business Education Support Team)
Entrepreneurship and Business Planning
Small Business Placement
Students’ Assessment of Transferable Skills Developed
Evaluation of Results
Developing Employability & Learning Skills in 1st Year Classes
A positive effect on thinking about skills
Most effect on Communications and Presentations
Less effect on problem modelling and solution
Some impact on responsibility for their own learning
Evaluation Methods Used
Questionnaires Still awaited
Focus Groups Best source of feedback
Reflective Journals Ineffective
Course Assessments Problematic
Two Courses Identified, Business Statistics 1 and Management Accounting 1
A Focus on Tutorials
Create a degree of ambiguity
Use of case studies
Values in Action
An Honours elective
An Introduction to the Theory of Experiential Learning
Work Placement Opportunities in Welfare Agencies
Tutorials with Reflective and Critical Thinking