SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MMN224241
Module Leader Dane Lukic
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject GCU London
  • A (September start)-B (January start)
  • B (January start)-C (May start)
  • A (September start)

Summary of Content

The purpose of the module is to enable students to identify, understand, develop and articulate their key personal abilities in the context of their future career aspirations. The module is structured around the concept of competence (which consists of knowledge, skills and attitudes). The development of personal and professional competence is essential for securing and/or developing fulfilling careers as expert managers and leaders in increasingly diverse and international workplace organisations. The development of competence is closely tied with learning from real life experiences. Therefore the module will support development of reflective practice within a context of external engagement and learning experiences. The external engagement relevant for this module can take a form of work experience, volunteering, study abroad or desk based consultancy. Student will be invited to use the concepts of personal and professional competence development and relate it to what they are experiencing outside the classroom in order to be better prepared for their personal and professional life. Through the development of their critical, reflective abilities and their confidence and competence, they will evaluate their current strengths and weaknesses and take ownership of their personal and professional development.


-360b7 Personal and Professional Development in a wide context b7 Competence: concept, structure and development b7 Development and reflection b7 Creating and managing Personal Development Plans b7 Interpersonal communication b7 Teamwork b7 Intercultural competence b7 Diversity in the workplace b7 Preparation for the learning experience (gathering evidence, collecting feedback, preparing the portfolio) b7 Negotiation b7 Conflict management b7 Career development

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module the student should be able to:- Assessment1. Identify, critically discuss and appraise their personal and professional development and employment needs CW12. Demonstrate increased self-awareness and reflective thinking, leading to identification of strategies for continued development. CW1/CW23. Demonstrate the ability to develop and manage personal development plans CW1/CW24. Demonstrate ability to reflect on experience and draw appropriate conclusions relevant for personal growth CW25. Use theoretical and practical competence models to analyse their experience CW2

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The learning and teaching strategy in this module is designed to integrate personal and professional development needs with appropriate theory, complemented by industry contextualisation. The learning journey begins with the structured identification of development needs, achieved for example through the use of diagnostic tools and a number of interactive workshop sessions throughout the trimester, including expert input on presentation skills using state of the art media resources. The aim of this 'workshop' approach is to develop self-awareness and awareness of others, which in turn facilitates self-management and effective interaction. The insight gained from 'learning by doing' is subsequently reinforced and understood through the exploration of relevant theory and key concepts in weekly classes, and also draws on experiential learning through external engagement in work experience, volunteering, study abroad periods or desk based consultancy projects. There will also be key inputs from the visiting lecturers, and Programme Teams and employers to ensure that the focus of delivery is appropriate to the career destinations of each programme and the industry-specific requirements of potential future employers. The student will be provided with support in identifying the external engagement experience of their choice through sessions with the External Engagement Coordinator and information from respective Programme Leaders who can offer suggestions related to their specific industry field. GCU London will continue to use the advancement of GCU Learn as a blended learning tool through its teaching and learning as well as through engagement with students. GCU London will ensure that all modules are GCU Learn enabled and with the support of the Learning Technologists at the cutting edge of development of online materials.

Indicative Reading

Due to its integrative nature, there is no core text for this module. Recommended reading gives a selection of core texts in the area of developing personal and professional competence. Reading will be recommended by lecturers from the texts listed below. Students are also expected to undertake their own literature search relating to their assessments. Recommended Reading List Anderson, L E & Bolt, S B (2013) Professionalism: skills for workplace success. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson. Browaeys M.-J. & Price R. (2011) Understanding Cross-cultural Management (2nd edition), London: Prentice Hall/ Financial Times. Caproni, P (2012) Management Skills for Everyday Life (3rd International edition) Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson. Cottrell, S (2010) Study Skills for Success. The Personal Development Planning Handbook. (2nd edition). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. French R. (2010) Cross-cultural Management in Work Organisations (2nd edition), London: Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. Griffin, R W & Van Fleet, D D (2014) Management Skills; assessment and development. South-Western, Cengage Learning Guirdham M. (2009) Culture and Business in Asia, London: Palgrave Macmillan. Iles P.A. & Zhang C. (2013) International Human Resource Management: A Comparative and Cross-cultural Approach, London: CIPD. Jackson T. (2013) International HRM: A Cross-cultural Approach (2nd edition), London: Sage. Megginson, David & Whitaker, Vivien (2007) Continuing Professional Development (2nd Edition) London, CIPD Parker, C & Stone B (2003) Developing Management Skills for Leadership. Essex. FT Prentice Hall/Pearson Education Ltd. Robbins, S P & Hunsaker, P L (2012) Training in Interpersonal Skills (6 th edition) Upper Saddle River, New Jersey. Pearson Routledge, Chris & Carmichael, Jan (2007) Personal Development and Management Skills. London, CIPD Thompson N. (2009) People Skills, 3rd edition, London: Palgrave Macmillan. Whetton, D & Cameron, K (2011) Developing Management Skills (8th edition). Prentice Hall Winstanely D. (2007) Personal Effectiveness, London: CIPD. Wood, JT (2012) Communication in our lives (International edition), Wadsworth: Cengage-Learning

Transferrable Skills

Self-awareness Reflective practice Self-development Critical-thinking Interpersonal skills Intercultural competence Teamwork Conflict management Career planning

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Seminars (FT) 36.00
Tutorials (FT) 8.00
Independent Learning (FT) 116.00
Assessment (FT) 40.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 40.00 45% Personal Development Plan
Coursework 2 n/a 60.00 45% Learning Experience Log