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Module Title
Personal and Research Skills for Professionals
Reference BSM160 Version 4
Created February 2017 SCQF Level SCQF 11
Approved August 2013 SCQF Points 15
Amended February 2017 ECTS Points 7.5

Aims of Module
To develop the personal, academic and professional skills required for effective post-graduate study and management.

Learning Outcomes for Module
On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:
1 Manage themselves more effectively in the context of professional and educational environments.
2 Demonstrate competence in lifelong learning skills and development planning.
3 Demonstrate competence in post-graduate study
4 Critically analyse and discuss existing literature relevant to the professional area.
5 Compare and contrast the relative merits of different research methods and their relevance to different situations.

Indicative Module Content
Self-awareness; time management; personal organising skills; principles of continuous professional development; self-management; accessing and evaluating published research evidence; critical thinking; referencing skills; effective academic writing; synthesising and justifying original arguments; information-handling skills; commonly used IT applications and software packages; Campus Moodle; research methods; data collection techniques and their uses; contemporary subject literature and practices; information searching, retrieval and analysis of data; mindfulness, problem solving, decision making, coaching and mentoring.

Module Delivery
This module will be delivered using a variety of methods, focussing primarily on student centred learning. This will include lectures, workshops, tutorials and seminars, with a strong emphasis on student participation. Online students will achieve this through access to a range of interactive materials to facilitate learning, including online lectures, presentations and tutorials, plus synchronous and asynchronous activities, encompassing groupwork areas and discussion fora.

Indicative Student Workload Full Time Part Time
Contact Hours 36 36
Non-Contact Hours 114 114
Placement/Work-Based Learning Experience [Notional] Hours N/A N/A
TOTAL 150 150
Actual Placement hours for professional, statutory or regulatory body    

If a major/minor model is used and box is ticked, % weightings below are indicative only.
Component 1
Type: Coursework Weighting: 100% Outcomes Assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Description: The coursework will be one assessment consisting of an individual report.

Explanatory Text
The minimum mark required to pass the module is 40%. Grade awarded for the module depends on the overall percentage grade achieved in the coursework, as noted below.
Module Grade Minimum Requirements to achieve Module Grade:
A 70% or above
B 60 - 69%
C 50 - 59%
D 40 - 49%
E 35 - 39% Fail
F 34% or less Fail
NS Non-submission of work by published deadline or non-attendance for examination

Module Requirements
Prerequisites for Module None in addition to SCQF level 11 entry qualifications or equivalent.
Corequisites for module None.
Precluded Modules None.

1 CAMERON, S. and PRICE, D., 2009. Business research methods: a practical approach. London: CIPD.
2 HORN, R., 2009. The business skills handbook. London: CIPD.
3 SAUNDERS, M., LEWIS, P. and THORNHILL, A., 2016. Research methods for business students. 7th ed. Harlow: Pearson. ebook

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