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MODULE DESCRIPTOR
Module Title
Personal and Professional Development
Reference BSM545 Version 7
Created February 2017 SCQF Level SCQF 11
Approved August 2013 SCQF Points 15
Amended February 2017 ECTS Points 7.5

Aims of Module
The aim of the unit is to provide students with the opportunity of demonstrating knowledge and professional competence in an appropriate aspect of professional practice and a commitment to continuing professional development (CPD) through systematically and continuously reviewing personal development.

Learning Outcomes for Module
On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:
1 Investigate and diagnose an appropriate aspect of professional practice in an organisational setting, to search and critically evaluate data from primary and secondary resources in order to prepare a report to management, including a plan for implementing the recommendations within a reasonable timeframe.
2 Provide evidence of continuing professional development by means of a portfolio in which they reflect on experiences acquired in the course of their studies, including compilation of the research report to management; students will also have to devise a personal development plan which takes account of organisational requirements and longer term personal aspirations and reflects on learning outcomes.

Indicative Module Content
Compilation of a CPD log; research methodology: project management, research design and methods of data collection and analysis; synthesis of an action plan for implementation in the organisation.

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    

ASSESSMENT PLAN
If a major/minor model is used and box is ticked, % weightings below are indicative only [for the purposes of the Key Information Set (KIS)]
Component 1
Type: Coursework Weighting: 70% Outcomes Assessed: 1
Description: Component 1 will consist of a Research Report to Management of 7000 words in length.
Component 2
Type: Coursework Weighting: 30% Outcomes Assessed: 2
Description: For component 2, students will produce a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate their competence in continuous professional development. Students must achieve a minimum grade of D in each component to pass this module.

MODULE PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTOR
Explanatory Text
The overall mark for the module will be an aggregate of the two individual marks; however both components must achieve a minimum of 40% to achieve a pass in the module. Requirements for each grade are noted below.
Module Grade Minimum Requirements to achieve Module Grade:
A Overall aggregate mark of 70% or over, with no component below 40%.
B Overall aggregate mark of 60 - 69%, with no component below 40%.
C Overall aggregate mark of 50 - 59%, with no component below 40%.
D Overall aggregate mark of 40 - 49%, with no component below 40%.
E Overall aggregate mark of 35 - 39%, and/or any component graded at E or F. Fail
F Overall aggregate mark of 34% or less, and/or any component graded at E or F. Fail
NS Non-submission of work by published deadline or non-attendance for examination

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

INDICATIVE BIBLIOGRAPHY
1 ANDERSON, V., 2013. Research methods in human resource management. 3rd ed. London: CIPD.
2 EASTERBY-SMITH, M., THORPE, R. and LOWE, A., 2012. Management research: an introduction. 4th ed. London: Sage.
3 SAUNDERS, M., LEWIS, P. and THORNHILL, A., 2016. Research methods for business students. 7th ed. Harlow: Pearson. ebook
4 ADAMS, J., KHAN, H.T.A. and RAESIDE, R., 2014. Research methods for business and social science students. 2nd ed. New Delhi: Sage. e-book

 

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