Session 3

Giving our students the best chance:
evaluation and critical scrutiny of key module design and content to enhance student employability within the science, business and performing arts world

Dr Nick Kassouf, Technical Tutor Biomedical Science, Middlesex University London
Eleonora Pantano, Lecturer in Marketing, Middlesex University London
Lauren Patman, Technician (Stage Management), Middlesex University London

Implementing problem-based learning to enhance analytical skills of our biomedical students. Novel module design in marketing innovation theory so graduates can manage the emerging technologies such as social media and mobile apps. A fresh approach to teaching within the Theatre Arts programme with an emphasis on technical theatre.

Click here to view the presentation given by Dr Nick Kassouf 

Session summary:

Eclectic mix of presentations around the theme of employability started with Nick Kassouf, Science and &Technology looking to introduce I Problem-Based Learning (PBL) approaches to increase the analytical/problem-solving skills of our biomedical science students. This has been impacting graduates ability to gain scientific employment, especially when competing for research scientist/PhD positions against UK and also EU graduates.

Eleanora Pantano, Business School discussed the need to better support graduates employability potential by introducing a focus on innovation and technology management, something the sector expects now. The programme team needed to introduce these aspects in postgraduate programmes and sought to find a suitable way to design the curriculum. Eleanora reflected on designing through threshold concepts – something that already works for disciplines such as finance, economics, business, but it still underexplored in marketing education.

Lauren Patman, Arts & Creative Industries, emphasised the importance of technical theatre and ways to enhance the support for students. Altering the programme schedule could help – increased contact hours, running modules consecutively supporting students to specialise and changing the large scale year 1 production.