BA Management, Leadership and Leisure / Course details

Year of entry: 2022

Course unit details:
The Applied Study Period & Employability

Course unit fact file
Unit code EDUC20261
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 5
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Education
Available as a free choice unit? No



This unit builds upon their first year on the programme whereby students interview and present on their industry knowledge. Specialist input from the Careers team at the University of Manchester will support and develop each students CV and networking to ensure they obtain successful ASPs. In addition, they will present reflective accounts of how they applied their degree learning in a working environment and critically assess the use of Intercultural Service Encounters in customer and colleague facing positions. 


This unit aims to:

  1. Assist the student in finding suitable hosts for their Applied Study Periods (ASPs).
  2. Provide an overview of existing employment opportunities and processes that students will need to follow in order to become more Employable,
  3. Increase confidence and ability to present themselves and their experience/skills professionally to potential future employers and ASP hosts
  4. Develop practical skills relevant to the job application process (e.g. CV writing) and to increase confidence when engaged in this process (e.g. interview technique).
  5. Increase awareness of students transferable skills and how these affect their Employability,
  6. Apply academic theory in a work based context for reflexive and reflective employment practice,
  7. Identify and evaluate critical incidents on Intercultural Service Encounters in their ASP.

Learning outcomes

Category of outcome

Upon completion of the unit, students should be able to:


Knowledge and understanding

  • Be able to make informed links between some of the theoretical concepts in Intercultural Service Encounters and their practical application in working contexts.
  • Have identified and practiced additional vocational/transferable skills.
  • Understand the value of the Applied Study Period as a tool to assist choice of the research project at level 3 and to reflect on knowledge from the Careers team to aid their future career planning

Intellectual skills

  • Demonstrate critical self-awareness of personal skills and career development,
  • Show critical and analytical review of academic theory in working contexts.

Practical skills

  • Develop a graduate level working CV
  • Network with people working in different businesses, teams and contexts.
  • Understand alternative modes of interview and selection process

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Demonstrate communication skills (written and oral), Presentation (written and oral), Work based learning, Reflective professional development
  • Analyse and critically evaluate work based practice using ISE theory.


Teaching and learning methods

Students will be taught in class and be supported by Blackboard.


Assessment methods


Assessment task

Word Length or Equivalent

Weighting within unit

Curriculum Vitae

Two sides of A4


Careers workshop

8 hours online training


ASP Presentation

10 minute poster presentation


ASP Report

1500 word report



Feedback methods

Online via Blackboard

Recommended reading


Firth, M. (2019) Employabilty and skills handbook for tourism, hospitality and events students /. [S.l.]¿:, Routledge,.

Firth, M. (2020) Service encounters in tourism, events and hospitality¿: staff perspectives /. Bristol, UK¿;, Channel View Publications,.


Gallagher, K. (James K. (2013) Skills development for business and management students¿: study and employability . 2nd ed. Oxford, Oxford University Press.

Clark, T. (2011) Business model you¿: a one-page method for reinventing your career . Alexander. Osterwalder & Yves. Pigneur (eds.). Hoboken, N.J, Wiley.

Cottrell, S. (2010) Skills for success¿: the personal development planning handbook . 2nd ed. Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan.

Marilyn. Davidson & Ronald J. Burke (eds.) (2011) Women in management worldwide¿: progress and prospects . 2nd ed. Farnham, Gower.

Grose, R. (2010) How to sell yourself . London, Kogan Page.

Greenhaus, J.H. (2010) Career management . 4th ed. Gerard A. Callanan & Veronica M. Godshalk (eds.). London, SAGE.

Further Reading

Anon (2010) Harvard business review on managing your career in tough times. Boston, Mass, Harvard Business.


Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 22
Independent study hours
Independent study 78

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Miriam Firth Unit coordinator

Additional notes


Hours Allocated

Staff/Student Contact

20 hours in class 



Private Study


Directed Reading


Assignment Preparation


Total Hours





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