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					      Higher Education: Engaging the Knowledge
                      Economy
                       2010 ASAIHL Conference
               National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan




  Embedding Employability Skills
      into the Curriculum:
                       A Sri Lankan Case Study


              Dr. Chitra Ranjani             Susima Samudrika Weligamage
                    Dean                               Lecturer
Faculty of Commerce and Management Studies     Department of Accountancy
            University of Kelaniya               University of Kelaniya
                  Sri Lanka                            Sri Lanka
Employability defined

   “A set of achievements – skills, understandings
  and personal attributes – that make graduates
  more likely to gain employment and be
  successful in their chosen occupations, which
  benefits themselves, the workforce, the
  community and the economy”
                   -Yorke and Knight (2003)
Enhancing Employability Skills

• The current changing business environment
  emphasized the importance of education for
  employability
• Enhancing employability skills through the subject area
  is considered as an important task within the university
  community.
• There is a growing tendency towards integrating
  employability skills development related component
  into curriculum and the final expectation of all this
  integration to make skillful graduates for the society.
     Employability Skills Development:
              Curriculum Based Model

                  Curriculum               (2)Employer
                 (Subject Area)              (Training
(1) Higher                                Organizations)
Education
Institute
(HEI) -
Study                   Employability Skills
Programme            Development Opportunities
Level
                                                  Pedagogy
                 Engagement
(3)Students

                         Employability Skills
                         Work Experience
     Faculty of Management Experiences

                              Faculty

                     Study Programme Level

1. Accountancy   2. Finance    3. HRM       4. Marketing     5. B.Com


                               Curriculum


          Subject Area                  Practical Training
                                          Component
      Direct       Indirect
            Practical Training Component
                     (Internship)

Degree         Name of the Course Unit and Contents
Programme

Commerce and   Internship on Commerce & Management
Financial      525 training hours
Management
               Fields: Accounting; Finance; Auditing; Marketing; Human Resource
               Management; Information Technology;

Marketing      Internship
               Area: Practical aspects of marketing management including selling, market
               research, pricing strategies, distribution strategies, preparation of
               marketing planning, brand development, personnel selling, public
               relations operations, direct marketing, promotional strategies, creative
               strategies and preparation of marketing reports
              Practical Training Component
                       (Internship)

Degree            Name of the course unit and Contents
Programme
Human Resource Management Internship
Management     960 training Hours
               Identification of HRM and Other Managerial Functions in Organizations
               and Their Operations, Hands on Experience in the Capacity of
               Implementer or/and, Supervisor or/and Assistant in Relation to Human
               Resources Management Tasks, Activities, Functions and Processes in a
               Business Context
Accountancy       Internship in Accountancy
                  One to two semester hours
                  Supervised internship in an accounting workplace. Includes experiences
                  supervised by professional in the field. Students obtain field experiences
                  working in accounting and auditing profession as an intern with an audit
                  firm, a company or organization. Any area of accounting, taxation, auditing
                  and management accounting
            Practical Training Component
                     (Internship)


Degree        Name of the course unit and Contents
Programme
Finance       Internship in Finance
               One to two semester hours
              Supervised internship in finance workplace. Includes experiences
              supervised by professional in the field. Students obtain field experiences
              working in finance profession as an intern with a company or organization.
              Any area of finance and management accounting.
          Expected Outcomes
• To understand the major working processes and identify their
interrelatedness and interdependence.
• To apply and test the theoretical knowledge gained in the real
business context.
• To realize the need of new competencies required to them
and prepare a self development plan for their career progression
•To develop positive attitudes for working in different
environments.
•To acquire working skills related to different managerial level
jobs.
•To demonstrate skills necessary to deal with practical issues
•To conceptualize the links between business operations,
business environment and stakeholder requirements and
accordingly, contribute to the success of organizational business
plan.
The Monitoring Process
                              Training                              Students
                              Organization
Feedback/ Confidential
Reports
                                             Obtaining the Internship Record Book (IRB)
              Department                     and submit back the training agreement (TA)
              (Coordinator)
                                             IRB must be filled by the student and supervisor at the
                                             end of each day or week and forwarded to the course
                                             coordinator at the end of each month or quarter



                                    Meeting (monthly/quarterly)


                                                        At the end: Hand over a
                                                        Internship Record Book (IRB)/ Work
      Evaluation                                        Evaluation Report (WER)
      Board

  Evaluation of Records books


      Viva Examination to demonstrating the knowledge and
      experience acquired
                              Faculty

                     Study Programme Level

1. Accountancy   2. Finance    3. HRM       4. Marketing     5. B.Com


                               Curriculum


          Subject Area                  Practical Training
                                          Component
      Direct       Indirect
     Skills Development as Separate Subject
                                            (Direct)
Course Title
1.Skill          Learning         Understand the importance of basic soft skills and its relevance to different
                 Outcomes         situations, demonstrate the use of such skills in a manner that is acceptable for
Development                       the given situation and apply the new learning in the performance of real job
Project                           functions
                 Content of the   Social and Business Etiquette, Communication Skills, Personality
                 unit             development, Negotiation Skills, Business Partnering skills, Change
                                  Management Skills, Public Speaking Skills
                 Method of        Activity Based Workshops, Seminars and Guest Lectures and Industry Visits
                 Teaching and
                 Learning
                 Assessment       Skill Project, Presentations, Role Plays and Public Speaking

2. Soft Skills   Learning         Display sound knowledge on various organizations and industries in Sri Lanka
                 Outcomes         and abroad, conduct interviews with Heads of Marketing in Sri Lankan
in Marketing                      organizations; and work as teams and bring synergized results in organizing
                                  campaigns.
                 Content of the   Communication techniques, team work, motivation, leadership skills,
                 unit             Visionary thinking, interviewing skills and presentation skills.

                 Method of        Lectures, reading, interviews, writing, discussions and role plays
                 Teaching and
                 Learning
                 Assessment       Classroom participation, reports, interviews, presentations and assignments.
    Skills Development as Separate Subject (Direct)


Course Title
3. Skills      Learning         Define the basic skills required for day today life. Work in
Development    Outcomes         team / group effectively, organize different type of activities
                                using their leadership and organizational skills
               Content of the   Skills management, development of communication skills,
               unit             personality, motivation, leadership, negation, time
                                management
               Method of        Guest and class room lectures, training workshops, study
               Teaching and     tours, outward bound training
               Learning
               Assessment       Assignments, reports, presentation class room test
 Embedding Skills Development Inside the Subject


Examination and Evaluation Structure


        Type                    Common
        Continuous Assessment   20-40%(take the number of
        (CA)                    students in to account and
                                number of assignments based on
                                the number of credits)
        Semester End            80-60%
        examinations (SEE)
        Pass mark per subject   40%   - CA at least 40%
                                      - SEE 40%
               Expected Outcomes

• To improve the soft skills of the student and thereby
improve the quality and relevance

•To improve teaching and learning methods by
introducing non traditional educational techniques to
educational process

•To change the concept of teacher-centered teaching and
learning process to student-centered process

•To improve core competencies of the students
Conclusion

•Management Education is becoming more attractive day by day. Freezing
government employment opportunities by the government and due to the limited
seats available in the public sector the all management faculties diversified the
educational process to meet the market demand.

•Therefore, much emphasis is given to develop and upgrade student’s soft skills
such as leadership qualities, communication ability and negotiation skills covering
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA’s).

The faculty of management included in this study has identified the growing
importance of training needs of higher skills levels and introduced practical
training requirement as a compulsory component within the curriculum.
In designing the curriculum, each department recognized that students need
more opportunities to develop their various skills. Hence, new structure of
curriculum has been designed with a student centered focus including various
ways of skills development.
Higher Education: Engaging the Knowledge
                Economy
             2010 ASAIHL Conference
     National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan




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