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LICA201: LICA Work Placement

Department: Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts NCF Level: FHEQ/QCF/NQF5//RQF5
Study Level: Part II (yr 2) Credit Points: 30.0
Start Date: 06-10-2014 End Date: 20-03-2015
Available for Online Enrolment?: N Enrolment Restriction: Only available to students majoring in delivering department
Module Convenor: Mr F Dawes

Syllabus Rules and Pre-requisites

  • Prior to LICA201, the student must have successfully completed:

Curriculum Design: Outline Syllabus

  • The syllabus for the module will normally cover four key strands.
    1. Preparation for placement (Insight into employability): 8 hours
    • Self-assessment of student's skills, attributes and preferences;
    • Employability skills in practices: self management, communication skills in practice, problem solving and team working;
    • Reflection in learning - writing reflectively and using learning logs.
    2.  Context Specific Seminars: 6 hours, typically 3 x 2 hours
    The topics below are examples of the type of seminars relevant to the different work placements undertaken by students.
    • Issues in Arts (Art, Drama, Music) Teaching for schools-based students
    • Cultural Policy and the Arts
    • Creative Industries (including the Music Industry) - current issues
    3. Work Placement Activity
    Students will typically spend between 50 - 60 hours over a period of 10 -15 weeks with their school or host organisation in Michaelmas and Lent terms.  Alternatively some students may undertake a 'block' placement over a two to three week period during vacation time.
    The students will normally work closely with an identified member(s) of staff in the school or organisation and will maintain contact with the module convenor(s) throughout the placement period.
    4.  Progress Review Seminars: 10 hours (5 x 2 hours)
    The progress review seminars will provide guidance to students on the content and structure of their academic work including the research process, and provide formative feedback on drafts submitted during the Lent term.

Curriculum Design: Pre-requisites/Co-requisites/Exclusions

  • Pre-requisite: LICA 100 Modernism in the Arts
    The number of students undertaking this module will be restricted due to the number of work placements available. Prior to enrolment, students will be invited to complete an 'expression of interest' form which must be returned by the specified date. Students will be selected from those returning the form on the basis of the information on the form, and their performance and attendance on other modules to date.

Curriculum Design: Single, Combined or Consortial Schemes to which the Module Contributes

  • BA (Hons) Art
    BA (Hons) Film Studies
    BA (Hons) Music,
    BA (Hons) Theatre Studies
    BA (Hons) Creative Arts
    Combined schemes with Music
  • 15% Log book
  • 70% Report
  • 15% Proposal

Assessment: Details of Assessment

  • The written project report of circa 6,000 words (70% weighting) is designed to allow students to explore in-depth an issue related to their main subject area.  It should utilise and draw on the experience and evidence gained during the work placement, in addition to being well informed by relevant theory, in order to pursue a cogent argument. The specific topics that students choose will be discussed and agreed in the seminars held in Michaelmas term. 
    Examples of topics for school based projects could include:
    • An evaluation of the Music Curriculum at Key Stage 3
    • Issues in the teaching of Art, Drama or Music in Primary Schools 
    Examples of topics for non schools-based placements:
    • The impact of changes in cultural policy on a small provincial theatre in Lancashire
    • Evaluating the audience experiences - findings from a study of XXXX Arts Centre
    The research/project proposal (15% weighting; 1500-2000 words) is designed to ensure that students have a strong foundation upon which to direct their further research and to begin drafting sections of their project report.  It will identify the overall aims of the project and identifies the main research question(s) or objective(s) to be addressed.  It will provide a detailed outline of the intended structure for the final report indicating the main issues/ topic areas relevant to the research and the intended research methods.  A bibliography should be included that identifies the main sources relevant to the project. The proposal will be submitted in week 10. 

    The Log book (15% weighting) will normally be completed on a weekly basis and will provide supporting evidence to the main report.  The log book should record significant incidents that took place during the placement and provide evidence of student's planning, reflection and the development of specific skills. It will be submitted together with the report.

Educational Aims: Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • This module will enable students to develop their learning and interest in relation to specific subject issues.  It will aim to develop students' understanding of the research process in relation to the specific sector in which their placement takes place and reflect academically on their practical experiences.  The project report will enable them to reflect on their research objectives/questions and articulate a coherent argument which shows awareness of high standards of academic rigour in relation to formatting and referencing.  On completion of the module it is expected that students will have gained substantial experience of the challenges and issues facing schools and cultural and media based organisations.  The main aims of this module are:
    1. To offer students a structured experience of working with schools and organisations on projects which enable them to develop their self-confidence in communicating with individuals and allow them to develop their self-management skills.
    2. To develop an understanding of how schools and cultural/media based organisations adapt to the changing environment in which they operate.
    3. For students to reflect on how they can apply aspects of their subject knowledge to the workplace environment. 
    4. To support schools and organisations through the work placement projects and activities that students undertake.


Educational Aims: General: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • The module will enable students to develop a range of skills that are relevant to employers these include:
    1. Self-Management and organisation skills - demonstrating reliability, flexibility and resourcefulness in their work.
    2. Team-working - the ability to work effectively with other members of staff in their school/ host organisation.
    3. Communication skills - development of oral and written skills needed for communicating ideas to a range of audiences.
    4. Problem-solving - ability to engage intelligently with new situations within a workplace environment and to pursue an academic line of argument within the written report.
    5. Information search - locate, retrieve and evaluate information (i.e. research and IT skills)

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • On successful completion of this module students will be able to...
    1. Demonstrate awareness of how schools and cultural/media based organisations respond to changes in policy and in their environment (report, progress review seminars).
    2. Reflect on how they can apply their subject knowledge and skills to their host school/organisation (research/project proposal, report)
    3. Critically reflect on the support provided to their host school/organisation (seminars, report).

Learning Outcomes: General: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • On successful completion of this module students will be able to...
    1. Organise their time and prioritise their work (research/project proposal, log book).
    2. Research, reflect upon and write about the skills developed during their work placement within a substantial, well-written and argued report (log book, report).
    3. Demonstrate a range of interpersonal skills when working with colleagues.
    4. Communicate effectively in a range of contexts with individuals and groups.
    5. Respond to new situations in the workplace environment which may require negotiation and influencing skills.
    6. Demonstrate information retrieval/research skills (research/project proposal, report)


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