Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Professional and Personal Development
Academic Year
Semester 1
Only available to level 1 Computer Science students
Exclusive (Any Acad Year)
Reading List
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Attendance and participation in activity weekend.  30%
Semester Assessment Individual presentation  35%
Semester Assessment Job Application  35%
Supplementary Assessment Job Application  35%
Supplementary Assessment Report  65%

Learning Outcomes

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

construct an appropriate CV

demonstrate the basic skills of time management, team working and academic writing

critically review their own performance

use computer-based tools to support university study

design and give a technical presentation

Brief description

The module's lectures cover material to promote the development of students as professionals in their field. A range of personal transferable skills of general value are highlighted within the context of the software industry. The Careers Service provides students with advice on producing a CV for the purposes of securing a year in employment.

The Activity Weekend is designed to enhance the student's team working skills and to develop their interpersonal and communication skills. Through a series of varied tasks held over the weekend, and supported by further project work, students will be exercised in their problem solving abilities and team work.

Weekly tutorials in semester 2 encourage students to focus on transferable skills, such as writing, researching and making presentations.


The module covers material which is not addressed elsewhere in specific modules but which is essential in order to gain a more complete appreciation of the field as a whole.
Personal transferable skills are an important quality of any software engineer and form a crucial part of this module.


1. Enhancing your University Experience
Maximising the benefit of Student Centred Learning.

2. Time Management
An analysis of how best to manage time to its maximum advantage.

3. Unacceptable Academic Practice
Using existing material. Correct and appropriate citation practice. Plagiarism. The Library.

4. Producing a high quality Curriculum Vitae, Marketing yourself effectively and planning summer/industrial year placements
A presentation jointly delivered with the careers service.

5. Planning a Presentation
An introduction to the importance of structure, timing and content of presentations.

6. Managing a group
Working effectively as a team and reflecting on weekend.

7. How to write Good English
An introduction to styles and techniques for writing good English.

8. Examination Technique
Standard rubrics. Use of time, planning. Question styles

9. Other topics

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Communication In presentation and CV
Improving own Learning and Performance In CV
Information Technology Inherent to module
Personal Development and Career planning In CV
Research skills In presentations
Team work In presentation


This module is at CQFW Level 4