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Our Skills & Employability courses

KE007 - Business Mandarin for Beginners

Start date: Tuesday 8 May (Week 25)
End date: Tuesday 22 May (Week 27)
Classes take place on Tuesday and Thursday of Weeks 25 and 26, and Tuesday of Week 27
Time: 11:00 - 13:00
Number of hours: 5 x 2 hour sessions
Employability Points: 50 points maximum (Based on 100% attendance)

MandarinBusiness Mandarin for beginners

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Course outline

This course is for students who are beginners or who have very little knowledge of Mandarin. It will introduce you to daily spoken communication in Mandarin, in a business setting. It aims to help you understand the language, culture and business culture in China, use appropriate ways to greet and introduce yourself and their business, make appointments and establish business relations.

 

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, you will :

  • have a basic knowledge of China, the language, the culture in general and in business context.
  • be able to communicate in Mandarin in everyday business situations , such as:
    • introducing yourself and greeting people in the appropriate way 
    • introducing people to one another and exchanging business cards
    • giving information about your business
    • making a business appointment; issuing/replying to a business invitation
    • hosting/attending a dinner

KE044 - Journalism (Medway Campus)

Start date: Monday 11 June 2018 (week 30)
End date: Friday 15 June 2018 (week 30)
Time: 10:00-16:00 (5x two hour sessions)
Number of hours: 25 hours contact time (five sessions of 5 hours) + 5 hours private study
Location: Medway Campus
Employability Points: 60 points maximum (based on 100% attendance)

 

journalism

Journalism

Course outline

This course offers an intensive immersion in the basic principles and practices of professional journalism in the multimedia age. During five consecutive days of teaching, you will learn what professional journalists do, how they do it and how their work informs the public sphere. You will experience the pressure and the pleasure of making real journalism  to real deadlines under professional leadership. 

Monday: What is journalism for? Reporting politics. Reporting for newspapers. Journalism law and ethics.

Tuesday: Making a newspaper.

Wednesday: Editorial conference. Reporting for radio. Making radio news.

Thursday: Editorial conference. Reporting for television. Making television news.

Friday: Editorial Conference.  Reporting online. Making news for the Internet.

  • six hours of lectures, five hours of newsroom workshops, 12 hours live news days, two hours of editorial conferences. 
  • you will be expected to spend five hours reading newspapers, listening to radio news and, watching television news in preparation for editorial conferences and news days.

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Please note, this course takes place at the Medway Campus. A free shuttle bus is available from the Canterbury campus.

You must book a ticket online before you travel.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will:

  • Be aware of major debates about the value and purposes of journalism
  • Have a basic understanding of the relationship between government and journalists
  • Understand the responsibility journalists have to report accurately and fairly
  • Understand key processes, principles and skills involved in writing for publication in print and online
  • Understand what a news story is and why different news providers treat them in different ways
  • Acquire writing, interviewing and note-taking skills and experiment in deploying them in the coverage of news stories
  • Understand key processes, principles and skills involved in reporting for radio, television and online
  • Know how to gather organise and deploy ideas for radio, television and online journalism
  • Develop basic skills in writing cues, reports and headlines for radio and television news bulletins.
  • Understand the structure of editorial teams in broadcasting, newspapers and online publications.  
  • Have a basic understanding of those elements of the English legal system within which the law relating to freedom of expression and the media is administered.
  • Have an understanding of the ethical principles underlying the notion of freedom of expression, its promotion by the state and also the restrictions placed upon it by the law
  • Have an understanding of the tensions between the state’s support of freedom of expression and the legal restrictions placed upon it  

 

KE088- Discover Chinese Language and Culture

Dates: Every Tuesday and Thursday during weeks 25-26
Time: 11:00 - 13:00
Number of hours: 4 x 2 hour sessions
Employability Points: 20 points maximum (Based on 100% attendance)

chinese language and culture

Discover Chinese language and culture

Course outline

This course is designed for students with minimum one term of Mandarin language learning experience to discover Chinese culture through various topics, such as Calligraphy and Classic Poems, Traditional Festivals, Historical Sights, Film, Drama & Contemporary Performing Arts. In addition to the presentations and group discussions, students are encouraged to participate in a variety of classroom activities to allow you to gain personal insights of living and travelling in China.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Familiarise themselves with basic knowledge of the Chinese culture and language.
  • Have the opportunity to practise calligraphy, ink painting and appreciate classic poems, modern films and performing arts.
  • Understand the customs of main Chinese festivals and enjoy the traditional celebratory activities through videos and fun-filled games.
  • Utilise learnt Chinese language skills to deal with day-to-day situations, such as buying train/flight tickets, greetings etc.

 

KE089 - Spanish for Travel

Start date: Tuesday 8 May (Week 25)
End date: Tuesday 22 May (Week 27)
Classes take place on Tuesday and Thursday of Weeks 25 and 26, and Tuesday of Week 27
Time: 11:00 - 13:00
Number of hours: 5 x 2 hour sessions
Employability Points: 25 points maximum (Based on 100% attendance)

Spanish for travel

Course outline

This course is for students who are beginners or who have very little knowledge of Spanish.

You will learn key language and basic conversation skills through in-class practice based on real situations that may happen during a visit to a Spanish-speaking country.

There will also be a talk on Spanish culture.

One-two hours per week for self-study is required outside of the class, including homework and preparation.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, you will:

  • have gained an introductory knowledge of Spain and its culture
  • know enough basic Spanish to deal with situations you may encounter when travelling in Spanish-speaking countries.

 

KE090 - Japanese for Travel

Start date: Tuesday 8 May (Week 25)
End date: Tuesday 22 May (Week 27)
Classes take place on Tuesday and Thursday of Weeks 25 and 26, and Tuesday of Week 27
Time: 11:00 - 13:00
Number of hours: 5 x 2 hour sessions
Employability Points: 25 points maximum (Based on 100% attendance)

Japanese for travel

Course outline

This course is designed for students who have never studied Japanese or have a very little knowledge of Japanese. You will gain basic conversation skills through in-class practice based on real situations that may happen during a visit to Japan. A Japanese culture talk will be also presented in the course. The topic in each lesson will be the following:

  • Lesson 1 – Greetings & introducing yourself
  • Lesson 2 – Shopping in a convenience store
  • Lesson 3 – Ordering in a restaurant
  • Lesson 4 – Sightseeing
  • Lesson 5 – Asking questions in a railway station

One-two hours per week for self-study is required outside of the class, including homework and preparation.

 

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, you will:

  • have gained an introductory knowledge of Japan and its culture
  • know enought basic Japanese to deal with situations you may encounter when travelling in Japan, from having to provide personal information, to asking a price of food and drink, ordering in a restaurant, asking directions and buying a train ticket at a station.
  • understand the Japanese writing/reading system.

 

KE091 - Arabic for Travelling in Egypt

Start date: Tuesday 8 May (Week 25)
End date: Tuesday 22 May (Week 27)
Classes take place on Tuesday and Thursday of Weeks 25 and 26, and Tuesday of Week 27
Time: 11:00 - 13:00
Number of hours: 5 x 2 hour sessions
Employability Points: 25 points maximum (Based on 100% attendance)

Arabic for travelling in Egypt

Course outline

This course is designed for students who have never studied Arabic or have a very little knowledge of Arabic.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, you will:

  • have gained an introductory knowledge of Egypt and its culture
  • know enough basic Arabic to deal with situations you may encounter when traveling in Egypt and throughout the Middle East, from having to provide personal information, to asking a price of food and drink, ordering in a restaurant, asking directions and buying a train ticket at a station using colloquial Egyptian dialect
  • understand the Arabic writing/reading system

 

KE152 - French for Travel

Start date: Tuesday 8 May (Week 25)
End date: Tuesday 22 May (Week 27)
Classes take place on Tuesday and Thursday of Weeks 25 and 26, and Tuesday of Week 27
Time: 11:00 - 13:00
Number of hours: 5 x 2 hour sessions
Employability Points: 25 points maximum (Based on 100% attendance)

A weekend in France: Beginners' French

Course outline

This course is for beginners and is structured around the theme of a weekend in France, focusing on listening, reading and speaking skills.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will :

  • have a basic knowledge of France and its culture
  • know enough French to deal with situations you may encounter when travelling to France for a short stay and;
    • be able to provide personal information, find your way around, ask for special features in your accommodation or at meal time and buy presents

 

KE148 - U. N. I. (You and I) Protect

Dates: Every Friday during weeks 25-27 inclusive
Times: 10:00-11:30
Number of hours: 4.5 hours (3x 1.5 hour sessions)
Employability Points: 15 points maximum (Based on 100% attendance)
Location: Canterbury Campus

UNI Protect

U.N.I. (You and I) Protect

Course outline

The ‘U.N.I (You and I) Protect’ movement encourages students to be active bystanders by equipping students with the skills to recognise and safely intervene in an instance of sexual harassment or abuse.


The course will be delivered in three workshops by experienced facilitators and each workshop will last approximately 1.5 hours.
You will be asked to complete an anonymous ‘Social norms’ questionnaire in the first session and will be asked to provide feedback at the end of the course.

There will be no homework but resources and readings are available on the Moodle site if you wish to learn more about the issues raised in the workshop.


Please note that there are important ground rules to consider for this course, specifically around confidentiality and please also be aware that throughout the course the group will be discussing sensitive issues. The sessions are run by experienced Facilitators who can help and support the participants and the Wellbeing Team are also available for support, if needed.

 

Learning outcomes

  • On successful completion of this course students will be able to:
    • Understand what a ‘bystander’ is, form ideas about the types of situations which might call for a bystander intervention and become confident and motivated active bystanders.
    • Develop familiarity with intervention strategies and be safe and comfortable practising intervention behaviours
    • Understand that individuals can often be mistaken about others’ beliefs and values
    • Understand why sexual violence and domestic violence is a problem in society and in student populations
    • Recognise the links between sexist attitudes, discriminatory practices and gender based violence; and,
    • Understand more detail about rape and sexual assault including rape ‘myths’, male rape and sexual assault, law definitions and issues around consent

       

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