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BAEcon Economics / Course details

Year of entry: 2018

Course unit details:
Career Management Skills (BA Econ / BA Social Sciences)

Unit code SOCS21002
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by School of Social Sciences
Available as a free choice unit? No


On completion, students will be more familiar with recruitment processes to include, CV’s, applications, psychometric tests, assessment centers and interviews. Students will also be able to demonstrate relevant skills in communication, delivering presentations, working in a team, writing reports and working on business case projects. Overall the course will help to develop student’s commercial awareness.


Students must be registered on the second year of the BA Econ or BASS programme to enrol onto SOCS 21002.

This course unit is not available to final year BA Econ and BASS students as a free choice unit.


The general aims of the unit are to increase student’s awareness of the value of explicit career management strategies and to provide basic skills to facilitate student's initial entry into career and their subsequent progression.

Learning outcomes

The purpose of this course unit is to increase the range of generic skill learning opportunities in the BA Econ and BASS programme. As such it should be seen as part of the plan to develop the systematic provision of generic skills within the programme, in accordance with the Faculty's Learning & Teaching Strategy. The course unit will be organised and delivered by the University Careers Service, with input from key graduate recruiters.

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, workshops, team work and  team/group presentation

Employability skills

Group/team working
Project management
Oral communication
Written communication

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Report 67%
Oral assessment/presentation 33%

Feedback methods


Recommended reading

  • Rook, Steve (2016) “Work Experience, Placements & Internships” London: Palgrave;
  • Rook, Steve (2013) “The Graduate Career Guidebook” London: Palgrave;
  • Thomas, G. (2011) “Doing Research” Basingstoke: Palgrave; 
  • Davies, M. & N. Hughes “Doing a Successful Research Project: Using Qualitative or Quantitative Methods” (2nd ed.) Basingstoke: Palgrave

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Demonstration 2
Practical classes & workshops 20
Independent study hours
Independent study 78

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Scott Foley Unit coordinator
Paul Smith Unit coordinator
Natalie Walsh Unit coordinator

Additional notes

Additional Information

Length of course: 10 weeks

Because of the team based nature of this course and the involvement of outside speakers, attendance at the sessions is mandatory. You will inevitably find it hard to work to your potential if you do not attend and as a skills-based module, there is little opportunity to catch up on the work. The success of the sessions relies on attendance, participation, and willingness to learn new skills.

In the event of illness or other compelling reason, a written explanation of absence will be accepted and appropriate, supporting documentary evidence may be requested.  In the absence of acceptable explanation individuals will incur a reduction of 5 marks for each session missed e.g. Two unauthorised absences will reduce a 60% mark to 50%

Tuesday 2-4

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