Personal Development Planning
- Module code
- Module leader
- Dr Andrew Hemmings
- Module level
- Module credits
- Min study time
- 150 hours
- Contact Hrs within study time
- 20 hours
- Teaching period
- Semester 1
Generic transferable and study skills required for successful progression throughout the degree, and beyond. Students will be encouraged to think creatively and constructively about personal, academic and career goals and to plan for effective strategies towards achieving those aims.
Students will undertake a variety of business-related activities to enhance the development of study skills. There will be a concentration on developing transferable skills; information-seeking, oral and written communication, for example. Performance in team-work and in self-managed tasks will be developed. In particular, students will be encouraged; to evaluate, reflect upon and manage their own learning; to enhance their capacity for self-development; and to become aware of the opportunities for personal development and skills enhancement in Levels 5 and 6.
To achieve credit for this module, students must be able to:
- Demonstrate an awareness of the relationship between study skills and transferable skills.
- Demonstrate self-reflection in learning, and identify personal learning strengths and weaknesses, and individual learning styles.
- Demonstrate an understanding of a range of planning and information search techniques.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the Harvard referencing system.
- Set personal goals and evaluate progress towards their achievement.
- Develop skills involved in the process of self-reflection and personal development planning.
Students should be familiar with the content of at least one of the following:
- Cottrell, S. (2008). The Study Skills Handbook. (3rd edition). Palgrave Macmillan.
- Cottrell, S. (2005). Critical Thinking Skills. Palgrave Macmillan.
- Drew, S. and Bingham, R. (2001). The Student Skills Guide. (2nd edition). London, Gower.
- Fairbairn, G. and Fairbairn, S. (2001). Reading at University: A Guide for Students. Buckingham, Open University Press.
- Kumar, A. (2007). Personal, Academic and Career Development in Higher Education: Soaring to Success. Routledge.
- Payne, E. and Whittaker, L. (2000). Developing Essential Study Skills. London, Financial Times Prentice Hall.
- Whetten, D.A. and Cameron, K.S. (2011). Developing Management Skills. (8th edition). Pearson International Edition. Pearson Education.