Our subject specific masterclasses are designed to equip students with an in-depth understanding of what a subject at higher education entails. It also seeks to help students broaden their thinking into vocational specialisms and whether the subject they are thinking of choosing is right for them. These are sessions exclusively for post-16 students and, subject to interest and times, include a campus tour and a lunch to encourage your students to network with fellow CU Coventry students and academics. School or college groups may book onto these or if you only have a few students interested, post-16 students may attend by themselves.
Accounting and Finance
The Importance of Financial Statements
Businesses of all sizes live and breathe in a complex, financial world. This workshop focuses on the significance of preparing and communicating financial statements and how international accounting standards (IAS and IFRS) apply.
Budgeting and Forecasting for Business
An interactive workshop looking at planning, coordinating, authorising and cost control within a business context. Students will look into financial forecasting and how to monitor results and trigger suitable management interventions.
Personal Taxation—Knowing Your Numbers!
Investing in one’s financial portfolio and knowledge are some of life’s essential skills. Students will examine sources of income and the implications for their own personal situation.
Business and Management
Influencing Skills in Business
Students will experience both the theoretical aspects of in influencing skills as used by managers at junior, middle and senior levels within a business context. The session will include the opportunity to practice and refine key areas of knowledge and to apply wider principles of in influencing skills and to understand how these are used in different areas of a business e.g. Marketing, Sales, Production and Finance. This exciting session is a balanced blend of theoretical input, peer and staff feedback, practical pitching and in influencing skills as well as signposting to further managerial development topics.
|2 Nov 2017
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||12 July 2018
Engineering and Digital Technology
Lightning Strikes on Composite Aircraft - a thesis study
An interactive workshop that focuses on the current challenges of lightning strikes and the electrical characteristics of carbon composites used in aerospace. Students will also hear from a current student’s research before having the opportunity to discuss findings and thoughts.
Health and Life Sciences
Health and Life Sciences: An Introduction to Biological and Chemical Sciences
Biological and Chemical Sciences, or the biosciences, play a huge part in our everyday lives, from the inner workings of our own body to the design and manufacture of medicine. This session aims to introduce some of the key principles and unique skills involved, providing information on the chemical basis of life, the role of DNA in health and disease and introducing some of the laboratory tests used to investigate various aspects of human health and well-being. Students will be able to prepare and examine a histology slide of cells taken from the lining of their mouth. There will also be an opportunity to construct models of DNA and then extract DNA from fruit cells, as well as an opportunity to conduct various physiological tests.
After exploration, there will be discussion around the wide variety of career options and pathways that are available in the worlds of biosciences, medicine and industry.
Health and Social Care
Early Childhood Development: I See You and You See Me
A child’s development can be in uenced by many different factors and perspectives. This exciting session encourages students to explore and learn from each other from engaging in a ‘nature or nurture’ debate and identifying different perspectives to using story boxes and using Lego to illustrate theories of learning.
|1 Nov 2017
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||13 June 2018
Health Improvement: Communicating with Diverse Groups
Health improvement is a term used to describe activities aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of individuals, communities and populations. Students will explore how the process aims to enable and encourage healthy lifestyle choices, at the same time addressing the underlying issues associated with poor health, including poverty, poor educational attainment and socio-economic status.
Health Messaging: Communicating With Diverse Groups
An old principle of healthcare is that prevention is better than cure—vaccinating somebody against an infectious disease is clearly preferable to having to wait until somebody gets the disease and then treating them. As diseases associated with unhealthy lifestyles are on the rise, prevention increasingly needs to focus on sending messages to individuals, communities and populations as a whole about some of the risks they face as a consequence of lifestyle choices, as well as measures that they could take to decrease these risks. But how should such messages be sent? Not every audience will be influenced by messages in the same way and we must take account of such differences if we are to maximise the impact we can make. In this session we will explore the theory and practice of health promotion messaging and as we shall see effective practice is a complex blend of art and science.
Law and Policing
Stop and Search
Stop and Search is a controversial but necessary power used by the police. This is governed by
the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 and all police officers in England and Wales must know how to use these powers lawfully in order to prevent crime and disorder. This session will incorporate the legal theory and practice through the use of role play.
Euthanasia: Is it Right or Wrong?
Euthanasia is controversial and illegal in England and Wales, so can it still be right? This masterclass debates the boundaries of law and helps provide a real insight into a legal career. One of our most popular sessions, students will work together to formulate a prosecution and defence before heading into our mock law court.
Tourism and Hospitality
The Global Industry of Tourism and Hospitality
Students will experience an in-depth, interactive taster into the multitude of jobs within the tourism and hospitality sector. The session will include an interactive geography quiz to identify global landmarks and tourist attractions, a discussion and debate as to the suitability of different personality types for employment in the industry; and an opportunity to produce an exciting marketing campaign idea based on Birmingham International Airport.
|2 Nov 2017
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||12 July 2018