Module: Improving Personal Professional Practice

Module details

  • Module code

  • Module Level

  • Module credits

  • Min study time

    300 hours

Module content

To provide the individual student with an opportunity to reflect on current employment performance and to identify, implement and evaluate higher level management skills needed to further improve personal practice and effectiveness within their specific employment situation.

Students will be required to build on any previous personal development plan, evaluating their current working practices, and to identify, with agreement from their line manager, appropriate mechanisms to further improve their performance in readiness for increased management responsibilities.

Students will be mentored by their current line manager within their employer organisation and supported through a WBL coordinator based at the RAU.

Module outcomes

To achieve credit for this module, students must be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate personal performance.
  2. Demonstrate a critical understanding of appropriate technical and managerial skills relevant to their employment position.
  3. Demonstrate an ability to make sound judgements based on factual evidence.
  4. Undertake appropriate training and development activities to enhance personal practice and effectiveness within the working environment.
  5. Communicate their findings to both employer and University audiences.


Assessment Description Weighting
Coursework Portfolio of evidence and action plan
Coursework A critical review and reflection of the impact of the developmental process on personal performance
Coursework A presentation of key issues and achievements

Key texts

Students should be familiar with the content of the following:

  • Cottrell, S. (2005). Critical thinking skills: developing effective analysis and argument. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Whitmore, J. (2002). Coaching for performance: growing people, performance and purpose (3rd edition). Nicholas Brealey Publishing.
  • Mind Tools (2007). Personal Development Plan Workbook. Available online at
  • [Accessed 17.03.09].
  • Mulligan, J. (1988). The Personal Management Handbook. Sphere Reference.
  • Pedlar, M., Burgoyne, J., and Boydell, T. (2006) A Managers Guide to Self Development. Maidenhead: McGraw Hill.
  • Whetton, D., and Cameron, K. (2006). Developing Management Skills. London: Prentice Hall.