SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MMN225001
Module Leader Vivian Ikechukwudu-Ifudu
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 aim of the career planning element of the module is to reflect, analyse and take responsibility for the student's own individual progress and skills development in the context of their future career aspirations. The module will equip students to identify their own abilities, values and interests to match these with the knowledge, skills and attitudes required by employers of graduates. 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 experiences. The external engagement 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 career planning and professional development and relate them to what they are experiencing outside the classroom in order to be better prepared to plan and manage their career. The module topics include awareness of career opportunities using your postgraduate qualification; producing CVs, making applications, undertaking interviews, examining the selection process and presentation skills. Furthermore, the module would look at core competences needed for professional development, such as teamwork, leadership, innovation, conflict management, negotiation and intercultural competence. Reflection on key competences, specific abilities needed for certain jobs and learning from external experiences would all be discussed in the context of the student's own career plans and assist them in making informed decisions and planning for the future.


-360b7 Career planning and career management b7 Changing graduate labour market & nature of opportunities for postgraduates b7 Self-awareness - skills, values, interests b7 Opportunity awareness of your postgraduate qualification b7 CVs, application, interview, selection b7 Professional development and reflection b7 Teamwork and leadership b7 Conflict management and negotiation b7 Intercultural competence b7 Presentation skills b7 Preparation for the external engagement experience (gathering evidence, collecting feedback, preparing the portfolio)

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module the student should be able to:- 1. Evaluate their own knowledge, skills and attitudes and how these relate to different types of career opportunities. CW012. Critically assess the range of job opportunities available to graduates both nationally and internationally. CW023. Demonstrate ability to reflect on experience and draw appropriate conclusions relevant for personal growth. CW01/CW024. Demonstrate the ability to develop and manage professional development and career plans. CW01/CW02

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The career planning element of the module is organised around workshop-style seminars and will include visits from guest speakers on the career opportunities available both nationally and globally. The learning and teaching strategy in this module is designed to integrate 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. 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 module draws on experiential learning through external engagement in the form of work experience, volunteering, study abroad periods or desk based consultancy projects. The module will feature key inputs from the visiting lecturers, career advisors, Programme specialists 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 through sessions with the External Engagement Coordinator and information from respective Programme specialists 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.

Indicative Reading

Due to its integrative nature of the module, there is no core text for this module. This recommended reading list gives a selection of texts in the area of professional development and career management. Students are expected to undertake their own literature search relating to their assessments and personal career plans. -284 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. Carr M. & Hopkins Newell L. (2014) Guide to Fashion Entrepreneurship, Fairchild Books. Granger (2015) The Fashion Industry and Its Careers, Fairchild Books. 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. Hopson, B. & Scally, M. (2014). Build your own rainbow : a workbook for career and life management (Fifth edition). Oxford Management Books 2000 Ltd Iles P.A. & Zhang C. (2013) International Human Resource Management: A Comparative and Cross-cultural Approach, London: CIPD. Lees, J. (2014). How to get a job you'll love (2015-2016 ed.). Maidenhead, Berkshire: McGraw-Hill Professional. Megginson, D. & Whitaker, V. (2007) Continuing Professional Development (2nd Edition) London, CIPD. Paulins V.A & and Julie L. Hillery J.L. (2014) Careers Professional Development for Retailing and Apparel Merchandising, Fairchild Books. Robbins, S. P. & Hunsaker, P. L. (2012) Training in Interpersonal Skills (6 th edition) Upper Saddle River, New Jersey. Pearson Routledge. Routledge, C., Carmichael, J., & Chartered Institute of Personnel Development. (2007). Personal development and management skills. London: Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. Paulins V.A & and Julie L. Hillery J.L. (2016) Guide to Fashion Career Planning, 2nd Edition, Fairchild Books Stone E. (2015) In Fashion, 2 nd edition, Fairchild Books. 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

TRADITIONAL ACADEMIC SKILLS Critical analysis? Effective communication in written and spoken word? Primary and secondary research skills PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT SKILLS Skills analysis: matching skills to occupational areas and job-related competencies Decision making Self-confidence Reflective practice Career planning ENTERPRISE OR BUSINESS SKILLS Interpersonal skills? Presentation skills - oral and in writing Teamwork Leadership Conflict management Negotiation Intercultural Competence Innovation

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 34.00
Tutorials (FT) 3.00
Seminars (FT) 33.00
External Engagement 50.00
Assessment (FT) 30.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 02 n/a 60.00 45% 3-year Career Plan 2,000 words (Day 4, Week 9 of the second trimester)
Course Work 01 n/a 40.00 45% Personal Development Plan 1,500 words (Day 4, Week 15 of the first trimester)