SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 30.00
ECTS Credit Points 15.00
Module Code MML526413
Module Leader Sharon Jackson
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Social Work
  • C (May start)
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • B (January start)-C (May start)

Summary of Content

The module content draws from theories of adult learning, continuous professional development and leadership to help the participant locate their own leadership and 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 professional leadership 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 plan and negotiate their continuous professional development, specifically focusing on their leadership role and the role of the Chief Social Work Officer, through the development of a learning contract.


1: Adult Learning and Accreditation of Prior Learning in Continuing Professional Development 2: Continuing Professional Development - Expectations and Exploration of Professional Standard requirements and what is required for postgraduate level study, Systematic Reflection on Experience, Identification of Significant Learning- the 'Knows and Can-Dos' 3: Evidence Gathering, developing a Learning Contract and Critical Appraisal 4: A critical understanding of contemporary theories of leadership 5: Strategic leadership and organisational development within a social work context 6: Professional leadership and the role of the Chief Social Work Officer

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module students should be able to:1. Identify and define personal and professional development needs in line with professional and academic requirements and negotiate learning and development opportunities2. Apply knowledge of Adult and Organisational Learning and critically review this in the context of professional and organisational development3. Demonstrate an extensive, detailed and critical knowledge and understanding of leadership within a social work context4. Critically analyse leadership theories, principles and concept and examine different strategic approaches to responding to complex problems 5. Apply critical thinking and analysis to the participant's professional development context6. Apply an advanced use of reflection and inquiry within the context of a participant's professional 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 and academic tutor. 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. In addition, this module will be supported by 'staging post' days. Three will be offered at the outset, which will also cover induction to the programme as well as two days later in the module.

Indicative Reading

BOUD D. & SOLOMON, N., (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. DAY, J. (2013). Interprofessional working : An essential guide for health and social care professionals (2nd ed.). Andover: Cengage Learning. ERAUT, M, (2003) Developing Professional Knowledge and Competence , London: Falmer Press GLASBY, J., & DICKINSON, H. (2014). Partnership working in health and social care: What is integrated care and how can we deliver it? (Second ed) Bristol: Policy Press. DREYFUS, H. AND DREYFUS, S. (1986). Mind over machine , New York: Free Press KNOWLES M., HORTON E. AND SWANSON R. (Eds) (2011). The adult learner: The definitive classic in adult education and human resource development, Oxford: Butterworth-Heinmann. MULLINS, G. & CHRISTY, L., (2016). Management and organisational behaviour (11th ed.). Financial Times: Prentice Hall. 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 , Gloucester: QAA Scotland. SSSC (2014) Standard for Chief Social Work Officers , Dundee: SSSC. STANLEY, D. (2019) Values - based leadership in healthcare , London, Sage STEPHENSON, J. AND WEIL, S. (1992). Quality and learning: A capability approach in higher education , London: Kogan Page

Transferrable Skills

-360 1. Develop critical evaluation skills relating to policy and practice data 2. Develop communication skills in group and individual presentations 3. Communicate and work effectively in peer relationships 4. Exercise substantial autonomy in learning and professional development 5. Develop skills in carrying out research into specialist areas of practice 6. Develop written skills in presentation of complex information -360

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Lectures (FT) 15.00
Seminars (FT) 10.00
Independent Learning (FT) 273.00
Tutorials (FT) 2.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 02 n/a 70.00 45% Critical Appraisel
Course Work 01 n/a 30.00 45% Learning Contract