SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 30.00
ECTS Credit Points 15.00
Module Code MML523612
Module Leader Martin Kettle
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Social Work
  • C (May start)
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

The module content draws from theories of adult learning and continuous professional development to help the participant locate their professional development requirements in the context of a learning environment and an appreciation of their own learning style and how experience can be turned into learning. The module content will also focus on how academic credit can be gained from experiential learning and how participants can bring forward credit claims against the learning outcomes of the programme. This will also enable the participant to consider gaps in their requisite professional knowledge and whether there is a need for more formalised learning is required through taking modules from the programme's optional range. Participants will also explore the importance of critical appraisal, reflection and self-directed learning in the process of professional learning and development and how they can go about planning and negotiating their continuous professional development through the development of a learning contract.


Unit 1 ; Adult Learning and Accreditation of Prior Learning in Continuing Professional Development Unit 2: Continuing Professional Development - Expectations and Exploration of Professional Standard requirements and what is required for postgraduate level study. Unit 3: Systematic Reflection on Experience as the First Step in the Process Unit 4: Identification of Significant Learning- the 'Knows and Can-Dos' Unit 5: Evidence Gathering and developing a Learning Contract Unit 6: Critical Appraisal: Evaluating and Synthesising Learning

Learning Outcomes

on successful completion of this module the student should be able to:" Identify and define personal and professional development needs in line with professional and academic requirements and negotiate learning and development opportunities;" Apply knowledge of Adult and Organisational Learning and critically review this in the context of professional and organisational development;" Apply an advanced use of reflection and inquiry within the context of a participant's professional development;" Critically appraise and develop the use of peer learning and communities of learning;" Apply critical thinking and analysis to the participant's professional development context;" Appraise, evaluate and synthesise learning for future development.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

A blended learning approach will be adopted in supporting the candidate with their study of the module. This will comprise of the use of e-learning materials, study workshops and 1:1 tutorials with candidates academic tutor and workplace mentor. Peer learning and the use of social media plays an important part in the learning approach to the module so module participants are encouraged to provide each other with peer group support.

Indicative Reading

Boud D & Solomon (2001) Work-based Learning: A New Higher Education? Buckinghamshire: OU Press Boud D (2006) Productive reflection at work: learning for changing organisations, Routledge: New York Cunningham I, Dawes G, & Bennett B (2004) The handbook of work based learning, Burlington: England Eraut M (2003) Developing Professional Knowledge and Competence, London: Falmer Press Dreyfus H and Dreyfus S (1986) Mind Over Machine, New York: Free Press Knowles MS, Horton EF and Swanson RA (Eds) (2011) The Adult Learner, The Definitive Classic in Adult Education and Human Resource Development, Oxford: Butterworth-Heinmann Mulligan J (Ed) (1992) Empowerment Through Experiential Learning, London : Kogan Page SCQF (2012) Scotland's Lifelong Learning Framework: SCQF level Descriptors, Glasgow: SCQF SHEEC (2013) What is masterness?, Discussion Paper July 2013, Gloucester: QAA Scotland SSSC (2014) Standard for Chief Social Work Officers, Dundee: SSSC Stephenson J and Weil S (1992) Quality and learning: A Capability approach in Higher Education, London: Kogan Page

Transferrable Skills

-360b7 Reflection and Inquiry Skills b7 Critical Thinking and Analysis b7 Use of Peer and Communities of Learning b7 Advanced Communication Skills b7 Recognition of Prior Learning and its relevance to Personal and Professional Development b7 Working effectively with others b7 Developing study and IT skills including the use of social media b7 Self-directed and negotiated learning b7 Appreciate the need for ethical conduct An understanding of the need for an integration of theory and practice

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 60.00
Lectures (FT) 36.00
Seminars (FT) 60.00
Independent Learning (FT) 144.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 30.00 45% Learning Contract
Coursework 2 n/a 70.00 45% Critical Appraisal