Building professionalism and employability skills: embedding employer engagement within first-year computing modules

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Abstract

This paper outlines a means of improving the employability skills of first-year university students through a closely integrated model of employer engagement within computer science modules. The outlined approach illustrates how employability skills, including communication, teamwork and time management skills, can be contextualised in a manner that directly relates to student learning but can still be linked forward into employment. The paper tests the premise that developing employability skills early within the curriculum will result in improved student engagement and learning within later modules. The paper concludes that embedding employer participation within first-year models can help relate a distant notion of employability into something of more immediate relevance in terms of how students can best approach learning. Further, by enhancing employability skills early within the curriculum, it becomes possible to improve academic attainment within later modules.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)292-310
Number of pages19
JournalComputer Science Education
Volume25
Issue number3
Early online date12 Sep 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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