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Our Skills & Employability courses

KE095 - Communicate with Confidence

Dates: Wednesday 14 November 2018 (week 8) and Wednesday 28 November 2018 (week 10) N.B. You will need to attend both sessions of this course.
Time: 13:00-16:00
Number of hours: 6 hours (2x 3 hour sessions)
Employability Points: 15 points maximum (Based on 100% attendance)

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Communicate with Confidence

Course outline

By participating in this interactive workshop you will learn how to communicate clearly and confidently even when faced with challenging situations.  Through group work and self-reflection activities we will cover how your preferred communication style impacts your relationship with others, how to speak so that others listen and how to really listen to others.  We will practice various techniques to be able to have constructive conversations with others rather than avoiding them or having a confrontation.

 

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

    • Recognise various communication styles and respond appropriately
    • Identify their own preferred communication style and its impact on others
    • Enhance communication with others using effective listening skills
    • Give and receive feedback (compliments and criticisms) in a constructive manner
    • Communicate effectively with others instead of arguing or avoiding them
    • Deal confidently with other people’s expectations and demands (without feeling anxious or guilty)

KE104 - Student Mentoring at University (Canterbury Campus OR Medway Campus)

Dates: Every Tuesday OR Wednesday during weeks 6-11 and 13-18 (Canterbury)
Canterbury Times: 13:00-14:00 OR 14:00 - 15:00
Medway Times: 14:00 - 15:00 every Wednesday during weeks 6-11 and 13-18
Number of hours: 12 hours (12x 1 hour sessions)
Employability Points: 60 points maximum (Based on 100% attendance)
Location: Canterbury campus OR Medway Campus

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Student Mentoring at University

This course will provide an understanding of mentoring in an academic setting and a recognition of how the skills gained can be applied in the workplace.  For those already mentoring on the Academic Peer Mentoring Scheme, the course will enhance and extend the skills learned in training, and those new to mentoring will develop an understanding of the core elements of how to support their peers.

Course outline

Week 1: Introduction to mentoring
Week 2: Becoming a reflective mentor
Week 3: Mentors' characteristics
Week 4: Learning styles and mentoring
Week 5: Mentoring and academic support
Week 6: Mid-year Review
Week 7: Equality and diversity
Week 8: Cross cultural communication
Week 9: Guest speaker 1 Mental Health and Wellbeing at Kent
Week 10: Guest speaker 2 Careers & employability: building your CV
Week 11: Research on Mentoring
Week 12: Evaluating mentoring - presentations

Learning outcomes

  • On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

    • Understand the role of mentoring at university
    • Communicate effectively with other students face to face and via email
    • Guide small groups of students in their learning and facilitate discussion
    • Work effectively as part of a small team
    • Reflect on the skills of mentoring such as communication, problem solving, team work and leadership

This course will be running at both our Canterbury and Medway campuses. Please ensure you sign up for the correct course.

 

KE113 - Business Start-Up Workshops

Date: Every Wednesday during weeks 2-6 inclusive
Time: 15:00-17:00
Number of hours: 10 (5 x 2 hr sessions)
Employability Points: 50 points maximum (based on 100% attendance)
Location: Canterbury campus

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Business Start-Up Workshops

Course outline

Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce, who have been advising and guiding individuals through the process of how to start and run a successful business for years, will run five 2 hour workshops spread over five weeks. Delivered in group sessions with like-minded students, you will benefit from a series of intensive workshops that will cover the following topics:

  • Generating a business idea,
  • Testing a business idea
  • Developing marketing research
  • Understanding sales processes
  • Pricing
  • Planning cash flow
  • Knowing your tax, insurance and VAT requirements
  • Understanding the elements of a business plan

Workshop 1: 'The Beginning'

  • Introductions
  • Ideas Generations
  • Group Task and Presentations
  • Guest Key Note Speaker

Workshop 2: 'What do you need?'

  • Legal
  • Insurance
  • Tax
  • Regulatory
  • Landlord
  • Operational
  • Staff
  • Timetables
  • Bookkeeping/records
  • Guest Key Note Speaker

Workshop 3: 'Sales and Marketing'

  • PESTEL analysis
  • Strengths and weaknesses
  • Who is the customer?
  • Who will sell and how?
  • Buying drivers
  • S&M template
  • Intellectual property rights - identifying and defending
  • Guest Key Note Speaker

Workshop 4: 'Finance, Funding, Tax and Insurances'

  • Personal budget
  • Cash flow and P&L objectives
  • Start-up and running costs
  • Funding help
  • Guest Key Note Speaker
  • Different business structures
  • Accruing for tax, different types
  • Your liabilities – the risks
  • Insurances:
    • Personal Insurance
    • Public Liability
    • Business
    • Professional associations
    • Critical person
    • Employers

Workshop 5: 'The Business Plan'

  • Why bother, who is it for?
  • KICC template
  • Elements of the business plan
  • Guest Key Note Speaker

Learning outcomes

The workshops have been structured so that all students who are interested in freelancing or being
self-employed can feel confident that they’ll walk away with valuable information. Whether you
want to start a business after graduation, or use freelancing as a tool to build a portfolio, these workshops
are the right starting point.
By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Pitch a business idea
  • Understand the finances, legalities and processes for starting up a business
  • Identify a suitable structure for a business plan

KE125 - Advanced Spreadsheets 1: Lookup Functions in Microsoft Excel

Date: Tuesday 6 November 2018 (week 7) OR Thursday 8 November (week 7) OR Friday 16 November 2018 (week 8)
Time: Times vary according to session chosen. Please refer to SDS for more information.
Number of hours: 1 hour
Employability Points: 5 points maximum (Based on 100% attendance)
Location: Canterbury campus

Please note: you will require a good working knowledge of Microsoft Excel for this workshop

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Advanced Spreadsheets 1 Microsoft Excel

Course outline

This is a single practical computing session covering Lookup Functions in Microsoft Excel, including:

  • How to create a lookup table in Excel
  • How to use lookup functions to vertically and horizontally
  • How to populate lists using lookups

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Use vertical and horizontal lookup functions
  • Create lookup tables
  • Confidently use lookups to populate lists

You will be provided with a handout.

KE126 - Advanced Spreadsheets 2: Sorting and Filtering Lists in Microsoft Excel

Date: Tuesday 13 November 2018 (week 8) OR Thursday 15 November 2018 (week 8) OR Friday 23 November 2018 (week 9)
Time: Times vary according to session chosen. Please refer to SDS for more information.
Number of hours: 1 hour
Employability Points: 5 points maximum (Based on 100% attendance)
Location: Canterbury campus

 

Please note: you will require a good working knowledge of Microsoft Excel for this workshop

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Advanced Spreadsheets 2 Microsoft Excel

 

Course outline

This is a single practical computing session covering sorting and filtering lists in Microsoft Excel, including:

  • How to sort a list safely
  • How to filter information in a list
  • How to filter using an advanced tool to select multiple data

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Use basic Sorting and Filtering tools
  • Use an advanced filter to pick out specific data

KE127 - Advanced Spreadsheets 3: Pivot Tables in Microsoft Excel

Date: Tuesday 20 November 2018 (week 9) OR Thursday 29 November 2018 (week 10) OR Friday 30 November 2018 (week 10)
Time: Times vary according to session chosen. Please refer to SDS for more information.
Number of hours: 1 hour
Employability Points: 5 points maximum (Based on 100% attendance)
Location: Canterbury campus

Please note: you will require a good working knowledge of Microsoft Excel for this workshop

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Advanced Spreadsheets 3 Microsoft Excel

Course outline

This is a single practical computing session covering Pivot Tables in Microsoft Excel, including:

  • How to create a Pivot Table in MS Excel
  • How to filter a Pivot Table
  • How to filter and group data in Pivot Tables
  • How to create a Pivot Chart

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Create a Pivot Table
  • Format Pivot Tables
  • Filter Pivot Tables
  • Group data in Pivot Tables
  • Create Pivot Charts

You will be provided with a handout.

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

Dates: Every Monday or Friday during weeks 3-5 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

       

KE164 - Formatting Essays in Microsoft Word

Dates: Tuesday 2 October 2018 (Week 2) OR Thursday 18 October 2018 (week 4)
Times: 15:00 - 16:00
Number of hours: 1
Employability Points: 5 points maximum (Based on 100% attendance)
Location: Canterbury campus

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Formatting Essays in Microsoft Word

 

Course outline

The course will comprise a small workshop of a 1 hr practical computing session covering:

  • How to format text and paragraphs consistently in Word using word-processing features
  • How to use automatic formatting features to save time
  • How to add page numbers and headers to your essay
  • How to review and prepare your essay for printing

No independent learning hours are needed. Students will be provided with a workbook should they
wish to continue exploring in their own time.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Use word processing fundamentals
  • Edit text and arrange text easily
  • Apply formatting to text and paragraphs
  • Use editing tools to find and replace text
  • Use the spell checker
  • Understand headers and footers
  • Change page layout options

 

KE165 - Beginners' Microsoft Excel

Dates: Wednesday 7 November 2018 (week 7)
Times: 14:30-16:00
Number of hours: 1
Employability Points: 5 points maximum (Based on 100% attendance)
Location: Canterbury campus

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Beginners' Spreadsheets with Microsoft Excel

 

Course outline

The course will comprise a small workshop of a 1.5 hr practical computing session covering:

  • How to prepare a spreadsheet in Microsoft Excel
  • How to create simple formulae and use basic built-in functions
  • How to apply a variety of formatting features to cells and worksheets
  • How to prepare a worksheet for printing

No independent learning hours are needed. Students will be provided with a workbook should they
wish to continue exploring in their own time.

Learning outcomes

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

  • Use spreadsheet fundamentals
  • Create new and work with existing spreadsheets
  • Create simple formulae
  • Format the display of cells
  • Edit, copy and move cells
  • Use basic functions
  • Set printing options and preview

KE166 - Advanced Spreadsheets 4: Charts in Microsoft Excel

Date: Wednesday 28 November 2018 (week 10) OR Tuesday 27 November 2018 (week 10)
Time: 15:00-16:00
Number of hours: 1 hour
Employability Points: 5 points maximum (Based on 100% attendance)
Location: Canterbury campus

 

Please note: you will require a good working knowledge of Microsoft Excel for this workshop

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Advanced Spreadsheets 4 Microsoft Excel

 

Course outline

The course will comprise a small workshop of a 1 hr practical computing session covering:

  • How to create different charts
  • How to format and enhance charts
  • How to set up charts for printing

Learning outcomes

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

  • Create simple charts
  • Explore different chart types
  • Format charts
  • Enhance charts
  • Print charts

You will be provided with a handout.

KE169 - Get Ready for Work: Sharpen Your Writing Skills and Build a Powerful CV

Dates: Wednesday 14 November 2018 (week 8) and Wednesday 28 November 2018 (week 10) N.B. You will need to attend both sessions of this course
Time: 13:00-16:00
Number of hours: 6 hours (2x 3 hour sessions)
Employability Points: 15 points maximum (Based on 100% attendance)

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Sharpen your writing skills and build a powerful CV

Course outline

At the university’s career fair, graduate recruiters put communication skills top of the list. Sadly for them, about 20 per cent of graduates’ English skills are not up to scratch for the workplace. Many student CVs cause employers to weep.
Employers look for confident, professional communicators. They want people who write clearly, concisely and effectively. Whether you’re emailing a colleague or writing a punchy executive summary, your writing has to be accurate, and make things happen.
This practical workshop course will help you make your words count. We’ll pin down the function of different kinds of writing. We’ll identify who we’re writing for. We’ll learn about tone, content and structure. We’ll include a scattering of grammar and punctuation so you’ll avoid the worst pitfalls. We’ll examine exactly what will make an employer love your CV.
Above all, we’ll write. Bring a pen and paper or a laptop and be ready to try out all kinds of writing.

 

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Understand what writing skills employers look for
  • Be ready to write clearly, accurately and effectively in a professional context
  • Have a toolkit for approaching any piece of writing, from emailing the CEO to writing a press release
  • Be ready to write a persuasive and effective CV.

     

KE178 - IELTS Exam Preparation Taster

Dates: Wednesdays during weeks 8-11 inclusive
Time: 16:00-17:00
Number of hours: 4 hours (4x 1 hour sessions)
Employability Points: 10 points maximum (Based on 100% attendance)

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IELTS Exam Preparation Taster

Course outline

This course is designed to give you an overview of the skills you need to prepare for the IELTS exam. You will get teacher feedback, the chance to practice skills that are essential to do well in the exam, and familiarisation with the exam task formats. The course is taught by an experienced IELTS teacher.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

    • Be familiar with the format of the IELTS test format
    • Recognize the types of questions asked in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking tests
    • Complete test tasks within time limits
    • Use a variety of techniques to respond appropriately to IELTS test questions
    • Analyse IELTS Writing Task 1 and 2 questions and respond accordingly

KE179 - Cambridge Exam Preparation Taster

Dates: Tuesdays during weeks 8-11 inclusive
Time: 16:00-17:00
Number of hours: 4 hours (4x 1 hour sessions)
Employability Points: 10 points maximum (Based on 100% attendance)

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Cambridge Exam Preparation Taster

Course outline

CAE and CPE are part of the world-renowned Cambridge main suite. The course is taught by a tutor experienced in training for Cambridge English exams. A carefully designed study programme will give you an overview of the language and examination skills required and familiarisation with the test formats.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

    • Be familiar with the Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) and Cambridge Proficiency (CPE) test formats
    • Recognize the type of questions asked in the different parts of the tests.
    • Complete test tasks within time limits.
    • Use a variety of techniques to respond appropriately to CAE and CPE test questions
    • Analyse CAE and CPE writing task questions and respond accordingly

KE181 - Arabic Taster Session

Dates: Thursday 20 September OR Friday 21 September
Taster sessions will take place on either Thursday or Friday of week 0. Book your place via SDS
Time: 12:00 - 13:00
Number of hours: 1 hour sessions
Employability Points: 5 points maximum (Based on 100% attendance)

MandarinArabic Taster Session

 

Course outline

Discover World Languages-Taster Sessions are for beginners who would like to have a taster session of one (or all) of the following languages: Arabic and its regions, Japanese, Mandarin and/or Russian. No previous experience with any of the above languages is required. Through an introduction of the habits and culture, students will gain some understanding of key traditions, learn and pronounce a range of simple key words, engage in basic everyday communication, introduce themselves in the target language, learn simple greetings and farewell phrases

Learning outcomes

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

  • Gain some understanding of key traditions of relevant country
  • Read and pronounce a range of simple key words in relevant target language
  • Engage in basic everyday communication in relevant target language
  • Introduce themselves in target language
  • Greetings and goodbyes

KE182 - Japanese Taster Session

Dates: Thursday 20 September OR Friday 21 September
Taster sessions will take place on either Thursday or Friday of week 0. Book your place via SDS
Time: 14:00 - 15:00
Number of hours: 1 hour sessions
Employability Points: 5 points maximum (Based on 100% attendance)

MandarinJapanese Taster Session

 

Course outline

Discover World Languages-Taster Sessions are for beginners who would like to have a taster session of one (or all) of the following languages: Arabic and its regions, Japanese, Mandarin and/or Russian. No previous experience with any of the above languages is required. Through an introduction of the habits and culture, students will gain some understanding of key traditions, learn and pronounce a range of simple key words, engage in basic everyday communication, introduce themselves in the target language, learn simple greetings and farewell phrases

Learning outcomes

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

  • Gain some understanding of key traditions of relevant country
  • Read and pronounce a range of simple key words in relevant target language
  • Engage in basic everyday communication in relevant target language
  • Introduce themselves in target language
  • Greetings and goodbyes

KE183 - Mandarin Chinese Taster Session

Dates: Thursday 20 September OR Friday 21 September
Taster sessions will take place on either Thursday or Friday of week 0. Book your place via SDS
Time: 13:00 - 14:00
Number of hours: 1 hour sessions
Employability Points: 5 points maximum (Based on 100% attendance)

MandarinMandarin Taster Session

 

Course outline

Discover World Languages-Taster Sessions are for beginners who would like to have a taster session of one (or all) of the following languages: Arabic and its regions, Japanese, Mandarin and/or Russian. No previous experience with any of the above languages is required. Through an introduction of the habits and culture, students will gain some understanding of key traditions, learn and pronounce a range of simple key words, engage in basic everyday communication, introduce themselves in the target language, learn simple greetings and farewell phrases

Learning outcomes

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

  • Gain some understanding of key traditions of relevant country
  • Read and pronounce a range of simple key words in relevant target language
  • Engage in basic everyday communication in relevant target language
  • Introduce themselves in target language
  • Greetings and goodbyes

KE184 - Russian Taster Session

Dates: Thursday 20 September OR Friday 21 September
Taster sessions will take place on either Thursday or Friday of week 0. Book your place via SDS
Time: 15:00 - 16:00
Number of hours: 1 hour sessions
Employability Points: 5 points maximum (Based on 100% attendance)

MandarinRussian Taster Session

 

Course outline

Discover World Languages-Taster Sessions are for beginners who would like to have a taster session of one (or all) of the following languages: Arabic and its regions, Japanese, Mandarin and/or Russian. No previous experience with any of the above languages is required. Through an introduction of the habits and culture, students will gain some understanding of key traditions, learn and pronounce a range of simple key words, engage in basic everyday communication, introduce themselves in the target language, learn simple greetings and farewell phrases

Learning outcomes

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

  • Gain some understanding of key traditions of relevant country
  • Read and pronounce a range of simple key words in relevant target language
  • Engage in basic everyday communication in relevant target language
  • Introduce themselves in target language
  • Greetings and goodbyes

KE192 - #DigitalReboot Business Start-Up Workshops

Date: Every Wednesday during weeks 3-7 inclusive
Time: 13:00-15:00
Number of hours: 10 hours (5x 2 hr sessions)
Employability Points: 50 points maximum (based on 100% attendance)
Location: Canterbury campus

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#DigitalReboot Business Start-Up Workshops

Course outline

Delivered in group sessions with like-minded students, attendees will benefit from a series of workshops that will cover the following topics:

  • Generating an app idea,
  • Capturing your idea
  • App UX and design
  • Building your app
  • Funding your app & Launching plans
  • Dragons Den – final presentation of ideas and peer feedback,

 
Workshop 1 – 10th October - 'The Beginning - Capturing your idea'

  • Introductions
  • Ideas Generations
  • Workshopping the ideas
  • Model the business behind the app
  • Desk research
  • Protecting your idea (NDAs / IP / Patents)

Workshop 2 – 17th October - App UX and design

  • Developing personas,
  • UX vs Design,
  • Wireframing / Paper prototyping
  • Tools to design / wireframe
  • Building an interactive prototype

Workshop 3 – 24th October - Building your app

  • Approach options
  • Working with a CTO / internal team vs hiring externally
  • App security
  • GDPR
  • Project management
  • QA and testing
  • Continue app design work and idea development

Workshop 4 – 31st October - 'Finance and Funding'

  • How to raise money
  • Sell your idea to others – the pitch!
  • How to market your app
  • Continue app design work and idea development

Workshop 5 – 7th November – Dragons Den

  • Final presentation of ideas and peer feedback
  • Finalising app design work and idea development

Learning outcomes

The workshops have been structured so that all students who are interested in developing an app, either as the core of a business idea or as an ancillary part of a wider business can feel confident that they know the challenges and approaches to take to deliver an app or other mobile solution.
By the end of this course, students should be able to;

  • Understand the various processes for designing and building an app or mobile solution
  • Pitch their app concept

 

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