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XX50223: Professional skills development

[Page last updated: 02 August 2022]

Academic Year: 2022/23
Owning Department/School: Department of Psychology
Credits: 6 [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 120
Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Semester 2
Assessment Summary: PF 100%
Assessment Detail:
  • Portfolio (PF 100%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Requisites: Before taking this module you must ( take XX50221 AND take XX50222 )
Learning Outcomes: On completion of this unit students will:
* Be able to identify the skills required for a variety of careers relevant to the field.
* Be able to reflect on their own skills and identify ways in which they can improve these.
* To start to develop thoughts and strategies regarding continuing professional development post-graduation.
* Communicate research to both expert and lay audiences.
* Demonstrate an understanding of the issues of leadership, effective communication, and productive collaboration with peers in research and professional settings.
* Plan, monitor, adjust and document self-learning to improve performance (e.g. continuing professional development; CPD).
* Engage in structured reflection on own performance and skills development.
* Discuss examples of ethical dilemmas in business practice, and the role of professional codes of practice.

Aims: This unit provides students the opportunity to develop practical and intellectual skills relevant to a career in this field.

Skills: Intellectual
* To think creatively and analytically.
* To work independently.
* Working with others.
* To utilise problem solving skills.
* To critically evaluate and assess research and evidence.
* To synthesise information from a number of sources in order to gain a coherent understanding.
* To reflect upon personal development.
* To reflect upon the skill needs of potential employers in the revenant field
* Create professional development plans.
* Start to create habits to continually monitor professional development.
* Oral presentation skills.
* Writing skills.

Content: This unit provides students with the opportunity to engage with their own personal development, synthesising knowledge from a variety of sources in order to set out goals and plans for personal development aligned with career aspirations. Practical, relevant, work-based skills will be focused upon, for example written and oral communication for a variety of audiences, time management and workload planning.
Students will engage in structured reflection on own performance and skills development
Students will also discuss a number of ethical dilemmas and relate them to professional codes of practice.

Programme availability:

XX50223 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Psychology
  • THXX-AFM77 : MSc Applied Psychology and Economic Behaviour


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