MP6001 - Professional Placement

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What will I learn on this module?

This module guides you in the identification and successful completion of a work experience placement within the broader media industry; you then write a reflective report on that experience detailing how you applied skills taught elsewhere on the course. The work placement or portfolio of visits totals a minimum of four weeks (20 days). The intention is that every student will gain experience of work placement in the journalism and/or media industry, learning not only a basic understanding of the production processes at placement organisations but, using skills taught on the course, learn to become part of the placement organisation team, thereby making a meaningful contribution wherever possible to the output. You also gain insight into employability by developing CVs, personal branding skills and job interview techniques via a series of lectures and seminars. The placement is a requirement of our accreditation body, The Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC) for the BA (Hons) Journalism award.

How will I learn on this module?

Learning is through your periods at the placement organisation, lectures, seminars and independent learning. Initially learning is conducted, with all necessary guidance, via your own search for and applying to organisations for placement opportunities. Once on placement,. learning is conducted by observation of procedures at the individual employer organisation but, wherever possible, you will learn independently by assisting the employment team in the production process. You are also given employability training via lecture and seminars and given assessment during teaching sessions in the form of feedback on CVs, presentations and role playing exercises.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You are supported in in your search for a placement by the Module Tutor and the Placements and Partnerships department, however where possible you seek the placement yourself as this gives valuable first-hand experience of formally applying for positions. In addition you are supported in a variety of manners: the module tutor is available to discuss issues both during and outside scheduled teaching. Tutors can discuss issues during pre-determined Office Hours each week, and also via email. Additionally, information, teaching materials and other support is available through the Electronic Learning Portal system.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
• Demonstrate the acquisition of first hand experience and gain an enhanced understanding of the nature of such practice and its relationship to its context. (LO1)
• Demonstrate the application of academic understanding and appropriate technical knowledge within a working environment; effective time management; the prioritisation of conflicting demands; the ability to work with others and to work independently as required. (LO2)
• Demonstrate the application and transferable nature of academic skills in a real work situation.(LO3)
• Demonstrate the development of networks with potential employers. (LO4)
• Demonstrate Improved employability.(LO5)

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• Demonstrate the acquisition of first hand experience and gain an enhanced understanding of the nature of such practice and its relationship to its context. (LO1)
• Demonstrate the application of academic understanding and appropriate technical knowledge within a working environment; effective time management; the prioritisation of conflicting demands; the ability to work with others and to work independently as required. (LO2)
• Demonstrate the application and transferable nature of academic skills in a real work situation.(LO3)
• Demonstrate the development of networks with potential employers. (LO4)
• Demonstrate Improved employability.(LO5)

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
• Demonstrate the acquisition of first hand experience and gain an enhanced understanding of the nature of such practice and its relationship to its context. (LO1)
• Demonstrate the application of academic understanding and appropriate technical knowledge within a working environment; effective time management; the prioritisation of conflicting demands; the ability to work with others and to work independently as required. (LO2)
• Demonstrate Improved employability.(LO5)

How will I be assessed?

You will receive feedback from employers in the placement environment. Feedback will also be given in seminars following the completion of tasks.
The module is summatively assessed by the production of a portfolio consisting of:
• A completed Pre-Placement Questionnaire, Work Placement Agreement, Health and Safety statement, Risk Assessment and Placement Monitoring Forms for each and every placement within their 20 day placement period. LO 1-3
• A 2-page CV aimed at future employability. LO 5
• Where possible a selection of work produced in the placement(s). LO1-3
• A reflective commentary (2,000 words). LO 1-5

Pre-requisite(s)

Media Law and Ethics MP5002

Co-requisite(s)

N/A

Module abstract

This module prepares you for the world of employment by your applying for and taking part in a minimum of 20 days work placement at an organisation within the broader media. You will conduct your own research in finding a placement(s) while supported by staff in that search. Once at the placement or placements you will initially observe the organisation’s processes but will then be expected to use skills taught elsewhere on the course to become a valuable member of the team, contributing wherever possible to the team’s output. You will also undertake, via a series of lectures and seminars, instruction in CV writing, personal online branding and job interview techniques to assist you with your employability. Assessment is via a portfolio including a reflective commentary on the work placement experience and a two-page CV. This is a very popular module that regularly finds students full time employment upon graduation.

Course info

UCAS Code PP35

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Arts

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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