MAN-20090 - Professional development
Coordinator: Aikaterini Koskina Room: DW1.08 Tel: +44 1782 7 33428
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Level: Level 5
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733094

Programme/Approved Electives for 2020/21


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations

Description for 2020/21

This module is designed for students to learn about professional development and develop the skills to pursue and maintain a professional career. This module is especially designed to support students looking for placements or other work experience by offering skills-based learning alongside an academic engagement in the role of the professional. You will be expected to prepare extensively on your own initiative and to actively participate in all sessions. The module will encourage you to self-assess your existing knowledge and key skills and will show how these may be developed and applied in ongoing professional development. Overall, taking this module will enable you to be more aware of the professional environment and to showcase yourself to best effect in a competitive marketplace.

This module introduces the main issues, theories and approaches to the area of professional development and provides students with the opportunity to engage with various forms of active learning and reflective activities. Students will examine their own ambitions for professional career development, and develop an analytical view of the internship/graduate jobs market. The module will help students to acquire knowledge and transition skills in order to develop their career planning and consider their future routes for professional development.

Intended Learning Outcomes

describe and analyse the content and context of a specific graduate business career role or profession: 1,2
develop resources to present a suitable candidate identity for a specific graduate business career role or profession: 1
identify and evaluate appropriate literature relating to professional development: 2
critically reflect upon the candidate evaluation process used in graduate and professional recruitment and development: 1,2
recognise the importance of development and maintenance of professional connections (including membership of appropriate professional bodies) 1

Study hours

28 hours = guided learning, including tutor assessment guidance/support - contact time
40 hours = preparation for assessment
32 hours = preparation for classes
50 hours = private study

School Rules

Barred combination: HRM-20019

Description of Module Assessment

1: Portfolio weighted 50%
2000-word portfolio
An individual portfolio of evidence that captures the active learning that occurred in the course of the module, such as the recruitment process and career decision making for graduate job roles.

2: Report weighted 50%
2000-word report
A report that integrates theory with practice on reflection in professional development. Students will be required to critically assess the relevant literature and reflect critically upon their experiences or practices alongside issues relevant to the workplace.