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Unit information: Career Management Skills in 2015/16

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Unit name Career Management Skills
Unit code COMS20804
Credit points 10
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Johnson
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Computer Science
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


This unit will help you to plan ahead to get the graduate job you want, developing your academic, career and professional skills. You will also learn about the skills and approaches needed for long term career management and maintaining your employability.

Intended learning outcomes

Successful completion of this module provides you with: Improved knowledge of the graduate labour market for computer scientists, Awareness of career planning techniques and reflective practice, essential for Continuing Professional Development (CPD), Improved employability skills including: preparation of CVs, covering letters and application forms; interview techniques; presentation, report writing and teamwork skills; networking skills, Improved awareness of the skills you have to offer and how to make the most of employment opportunities, The ability to set effective personal goals and the motivation to achieve them.

Teaching details

The teaching sessions are practical and participative, including group exercises and student presentations. There are ten lectures, plus two-three weeks of assessment at the end of the unit.

Assessment Details

All coursework

Reading and References

There is a wide range of books and other resources available for use at the Careers Service, 5 Tyndall Avenue, covering career planning, many different occupations & companies, self-employment/entrepreneurship and the development of professional skills. You are encouraged to visit the Careers Service and speak to both the Information Team and the careers advisers. The list of free courses and workshops available each term is available at: David Littleford, John Halsread and Charles Mulraine Career Skils Macmillan, London, 2004 ISBN: 0 Price: 11.99 Background