Personal & Professional Development

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

Module Co-ordinator

Dr Carol Marshall


 Autumn & Spring



Credit value


Contact hours

49 hours in Autumn Semester and 45 hours in Spring Semester


 100% coursework


This module challenges students understanding of self through enhanced learning activities such as, conflict resolution and assertiveness. Self-awareness is an important factor when building a team: knowing your natural strengths and weaknesses makes you a better team player and team leader. The module also presents students with opportunities to engage with industry experts and experience industries in action enabling students to integrate learning from the Strategic Sustainable Business Programme with real world practice. MANPS04 also dedicates time to career management skills to not only ensure students studying this module can articulate their skills and competencies to future employers but also to provide them with insight and understanding when reviewing future employees of their own.

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. 
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