Personal and Professional Development (BUSPD01)

This module information is representative of what is included in the module in a given year. Details of actual reading, lectures, assessment and coursework may vary year to year and will be available at the beginning of the semester.

 

Module Co-ordinator

Carol Marshall

Semester

Autumn

Level

11

Credit value

10

Contact hours

20 contact hours

Assessment

Group Reflective Essay 100%

Personal and Professional Development (PPD) is the basis of life-long learning and is designed to provide career support as many organisations become mature with talent management processes and practices. PPD on the MSc Data Science for Business (DSB) programme is designed around a portfolio of personal and professional development activities, as well as engagement with practice and practitioners.

The module seeks to help develop the self-awareness, critical thinking, and team-working competences that are vital to becoming an effective and resilient manager. Throughout the module, students are encouraged to develop methods of critical reflection to continuously enhance and transform their professional competences. In doing so, they will develop strategies for managing their own learning/study needs and career progression.

Syllabus Outline

The module strives to develop students understanding of self. Being self-aware is identifying one’s own ‘beliefs, thoughts, motivations, biases, and limitations and recognising how they affect others’ (Austin and Boyle, 2010). It allows students to realistically assess their own abilities – their strengths and weaknesses, their effect on others, and the gaps that need to be filled. This module challenges students understanding of self through enhanced learning activities such as team working and team building. Self-awareness is an important factor when building a team. Knowing natural strengths and weaknesses makes for a better team player and team leader.

PPD on the MSc Data Science for Business (DSB) programme is designed around a portfolio of personal and professional development activities, as well as engagement with practice and practitioners. The module seeks to help develop the self-awareness, critical thinking, and team-working competences that are vital to becoming an effective and resilient manager. Throughout the module, students are encouraged to develop methods of critical reflection to continuously enhance and transform their professional competences. In doing so, they will develop strategies for managing their own learning/study needs and career progression.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the techniques of a reflective practitioner in order to identify personal learning strengths and weaknesses;
  • Analyse own inter-personal strengths and weaknesses to improve interpersonal and personal communication;
  • Evaluate own beliefs, behaviours, values, or views in order to engage with those who differ from oneself;
  • Differentiate the different dynamics of individuals within a team and implement techniques to motivate and maintain an effective team;
  • Analyse own personal preferences allowing for greater personal insight into coping and managing change;
  • Evaluate the links between personal preferences and group dynamics;
  • Recognise the fundamental relationship between study skills and personal transferable skills;
  • Execute and maintain personal development planning and integrate with adoption of career skills to reach career aspirations;
  • Recognise the relationship between lifelong skill development and personal development.

Programme Learning Outcomes

Acquire knowledge, skills and experience for a successful career in data science and business. 

PLO01

Develop and understanding and appreciation of the complexity of managing change.

PLO10

Develop and enhance personal, critical, analytical, interpersonal, leadership and entrepreneurial skills.

PLO11

Introductory reading

There is no core text book for this module.  Preparatory work will be uploaded to Succeed in advance of timetabled classes.

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