Module Information

Module Identifier
ED23620
Module Title
Effective Professional Practice
Academic Year
2016/2017
Co-ordinator
Semester
Semester 1
Co-Requisite
Co-Requisite
External Examiners
  • Dr Martin Needham (Associate Head of Department - Manchester Metropolitan University)
 
Other Staff

Course Delivery

 

Assessment

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Report  Written background report and analysis on placement organisation / company, and self-assessment report on placement intentions, goals and outcomes. (2000 words)   40%
Semester Assessment Learning Contract  Development of Learning Contract. (750 words)  15%
Semester Assessment Critique and portfolio  Critique of theories of reflection for development. and Placement Portfolio Structure Plan. (2250 words) Critique of theories and placement portfolio structure plan. (2250 words)   45%
Supplementary Assessment Report  All failed elements of the assessments must be re-taken if the student's average mark falls below the required pass mark of 40%.  40%
Supplementary Assessment Learning Contract  All failed elements of the assessments must be re-taken if the student's average mark falls below the required pass mark of 40%.  15%
Supplementary Assessment Critique and portfolio  All failed elements of the assessments must be re-taken if the student's average mark falls below the required pass mark of 40%.  45%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

To demonstrate an understanding of the necessary critical, theoretical and conceptual underpinnings that will enable them to understand and evaluate their position prior to entering a placement in a complex national or international environment.

To plan and prepare effectively for their work placement in an appropriate professional environment. The students will show an awareness of contemporary professional practice and develop their employability skills.

Assess their own skills and learning development in the context of planning their future career.

Evaluate and critique practical scenarios whilst applying the lessons to their own potential activities.

Demonstrate an understanding of the expectation of appropriate professional practices in employment contexts.

Brief description

This module will provide the theoretical and practical basis for progression on to the core module ED23740 Placement Module. It is shared into two distinct areas of study - the theoretical and academic basis for learning in a work environment and reflecting upon experiences for development purposes and the engagement with practical methodologies for recording and analysing experiences. Completing this module will equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge and skills required to effectively and successfully undertake a work placement in the field of education and international development.

Aims

Provide the student with the opportunity to develop the knowledge and understanding necessary to as a basis for an effective and beneficial work placement.
Introduce some of the personal transferable skills that will be required in the real work environment.

Content

Sessions may be a combination of lectures, seminars or workshops and will include the following topics:
Session 1: Introduction to the module and an overview of all students' arranged placements (which will have been arranged at the end of Year 1). This will also include a generic overview of the placement module and its aims, intentions outcomes.
Session 2: Theories of work- based learning - an overview of the theoretical background to reflective practice.
Session 3: Reflection for learning - practical frameworks for reflection.
Session 4: Understanding Myself - how to assess personal values, learning intentions, outcomes and expectations. Setting learning goals and articulating and negotiating a learning contract.
Session 5: Professional etiquette in the workplace. Roles and responsibilities, working in teams, independence and innovation.
Session 6: Cultural and Ethical issues in the workplace - a consideration of a variety of contexts for placement learning and the impact upon potential development.
Session 7: Theories and methods of observation and recording experiences on placement. Effective use of diaries, logs and journals.
Session 8: Methods of analysing personal learning and impact of learning. Relate back to theoretical basis for reflection and development.
Session 9: Planning your Learning Journey - individual, contextualised planning of appropriate documentation for placement portfolio development. Developing an understanding of the theoretical basis for their portfolio so as to justify their structure and use.
Session 10: Evaluation and analysis of placement case studies. Application of lessons and learning outcomes. Clarification of practical issues in the lead in to the student's placement.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Occasional descriptive statistics in lectures and sources.
Communication Communication techniques are a vital element throughout lectures and seminars. Spoken communication throughout seminar activities. Written communication throughout written assessment
Improving own Learning and Performance This is an integral part of this module. The student must evaluate own position and plan for development and improvement through learning contract and preparation for placement. Seminar activities and feedback from assessed work will also contribute to this.
Information Technology Students will be required to submit all work electronically.
Personal Development and Career planning The student must evaluate own position and plan for development and improvement through learning contract and preparation for placement.
Problem solving Development of Portfolio Planning as well as the engagement with the Learning Contract.
Research skills Background report on organisation. Engagement with theoretical ideas.
Subject Specific Skills Reflection and evaluation of abilities and performance.
Team work Seminar activities provide many opportunities for team work, including group discussions and debates.

Notes

This module is at CQFW Level 5