SHE Level 6
SCQF Credit Points 40.00
ECTS Credit Points 20.00
Module Code MDB124542
Module Leader Chris Seenan
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Physiotherapy
  • A (September start)-B (January start)-C (May start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Professional Development 2 Co-Requisite Knowledge Project 2

Summary of Content

Professional Development 3 (PD3) is the third and final module which focusses on the professional development of students at doctorate level. In PD3, learning is focussed on the students' professional development and that of others in a global context. This module places particular emphasis on critical and creative application of students' knowledge, behaviours and attributes from the Professional Development Framework domains. It builds on PD1 and PD2 by providing students with an opportunity to analyse and evaluate professional development in national and international contexts. In PD3, students will advance their learning by critically and creatively applying and adapting the theories, principles and concepts of professional development in an autonomous, evidence based and reflexive manner. Practice Education placements (PE6 and PE7) experiences will enable the student to apply, consolidate and extend knowledge explored in PD3 and the knowledge and skills explored in physiotherapy specific modules. PE7 is an elective placement, which gives students an opportunity to select a practice education experience within existing physiotherapy practice. This could be within a specialty which is of particular interest; an area of practice education that they may not have the opportunity to experience during the programme, or an overseas practice education experience which allows different cultural experiences. Students are expected to undertake placements other than regular NHS placements. Critical reflection, facilitated through writing and different modes of supervision, will provide the opportunity for critical analysis and evaluation of personal learning outcomes set for practice education placements.


-284b7 Global citizenship b7 Societal Impact b7 Entre and intrapreneurship b7 Social enterprise b7 Career management b7 Standards of Ethics and Professional conduct (CSP, HCPC)

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to:-1. Critically adapt the theories, principles and concepts to professional development 2. Critically create and justify life-long personal learning and professional development3. Critically reflect on their own and others' professional conduct in a global context4. Critically apply a reflexive approach to the critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis of new and complex ideas, information and situations5. Identify, conceptualise and offer original and creative insights into their epistemological, ontological and axiological stance towards professional development and physiotherapy practice6. Communicate at an appropriate level to a range of audiences and adapt communication to the context and purpose7. Critically reflect and support personal and collective responsibility at work; autonomy and initiative in professional/equivalent activities8. Analyse and evaluate ethical and professional issues and make informed judgements on issues not addressed by current professional and/or ethical codes or practices

Teaching / Learning Strategy

A blended learning approach will be adopted using face-to-face teaching and learning strategies in tutorials, seminars and on practice placement. These strategies include; reflective activities; peer-led seminars; peer assisted learning; observations; flipped classrooms; skills practice; masterclasses; peer feedback; supervision, supervising and mentoring with peers, practice educators and staff; role modelling; self-directed learning. Arts and humanities based teaching and learning strategies will also be used to facilitate creativity and entrepreneurship. During the practice placement,students will be provided with an opportunity to apply knowledge and skills as part of problem solving and clinical reasoning in areas of physiotherapy practice. Online activities and support will take place through the VLE (GCU Learn) and other media such as online discussion; directed activities; online portfolio development. Collaborative learning will underpin the students' experience.

Indicative Reading

Boud, D., Keogh, R. and Walker, D., 2013. Reflection: Turning experience into learning. Routledge, London. Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP), 2005. A guide to implementing clinical supervision. CSP London. Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP), 2011. Code for members' professional values and behaviours. CSP, London. Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP), 2012. Equality and diversity toolkit. A practical guide for stewards, managers and members. CSP, London. Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP), 2012. Quality Assurance Standards for physiotherapy service delivery. CSP, London. Drucker, P.F., 2008. Managing oneself. Harvard Business Review Press, Boston MA. Hogg, C., 1999. Patients, power and politics: From patients to citizens. SAGE Publications Ltd. Kunday , d6.K. and Atilla d6ner, M. (eds), 2014. Global Issues in Health Care Systems: Social, Legal, Economic, and Managerial Perspectives. Lambert Academic Publishing, Saarbrfccken (DE). Kerry, R., Maddocks, M. and Mumford, S., 2008. Philosophy of science and physiotherapy: An insight into practice. Physiotherapy theory and practice, 24(6), pp.397-407. Nicholls, D.A. and Gibson, B.E., 2010. The body and physiotherapy. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, 26(8), pp.497-509. Pre-placement packages: Available from Physiotherapy Placements on GCULearn Physiotherapy Placements portal. Yunus, M., 2011. Building social business: The new kind of capitalism that serves humanity's most pressing needs. PublicAffairs, New York. HCPC, 2016. Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics. HCPC, London. Available online:,performanceandethics.pdf [Accessed 06-09-2017]

Transferrable Skills

Digital literacies including: digital scholarship communication and collaboration, media literacy, information literacy, ICT skills and career management; communication skills; professional skills; administrative and time management skills; interpersonal skills; self direction and learning; analytical, evaluative and problem solving skills; reflection and reflective writing skills; entrepreneurial skills and project management; audiovisual production skills.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Tutorials (FT) 48.00
Seminars (FT) 24.00
Independent Learning (FT) 288.00
Assessment (FT) 40.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (Dept) 01 1.00 50.00 45% Oral Exam - viva of professional and personal development
Course Work 01 0.25 50.00 45% Video 20 minsReflexive and reflective narrative in video of learning and professional development