SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 4.00
ECTS Credit Points 2.00
Module Code MMNY24884
Module Leader n/a
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject GCU New York
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • C (May 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 development of their academic and professional skill set is essential to securing and/or developing fulfilling careers as expert managers and leaders in increasingly diverse and international workplace organisations. 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. Cross-cultural sensitivity and responsible leadership are important conceptual underpinnings in this process.


Employability and competence development:- personal development & CPD; learning theory; experiential learning and reflective practice; feedback and goal setting; career management skills Self-awareness & personal effectiveness:- learning preferences; self-disclosure and analysis; confidence; personal values & ethics; perception; professionalism and professional identity; emotional intelligence Conceptual & Cognitive Skills: - Research skills and evaluating information sources; Critical thinking and reading; Decision-making and problem-solving; Innovation and creativity Presentation and communication skills:- developing and presenting content; media literacy; enhancing effectiveness of verbal presentations; persuasive impact; building credibility Engaging with Others:- team contribution; interpersonal effectiveness; assertiveness; conflict handling and negotiation; responsible leadership; gaining ethical power and influence Cross Cultural Competency:- models of national culture; elements of business culture; typologies and impacts of corporate cultures; diversity management and related precepts (eg socialisation, stereotyping, cultural determinism & relativity); fairness and equality; cross-cultural literacy and communication; cross-cultural competency.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module, the student should be able to:1. Identify, critically discuss and appraise their personal & cognitive skills and employment needs 2. Demonstrate increased self-awareness and reflective thinking, leading to identification of strategies for continued development.3. Demonstrate increased confidence and efficacy in presentations4. Work collaboratively with others demonstrating effective interaction skills and responsible leadership5. Evaluate levels of culture at on national, business and corporate horizons which influence and operate in organisations;6. Develop understanding and application of key precepts in effective cross-cultural competency.

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 year, 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 prior and concurrent experiential learning such as work experience or voluntary activities. There will also be key inputs from the visiting lecturers, the Careers Service, 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. GSBS 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. GSBS 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. Academic staff and the Learning Technologists will continue to work together to develop and operate all modules on GCULearn to ensure student support and information sharing.

Indicative Reading

-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. (3 rd International Ed.) Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson. Cottrell, S (2010) Study Skills for Success. The Personal Development Planning Handbook. (2 nd ed). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan Daft, R L & Marcic (2014) Building Management Skills: an action-first approach. (International Edition). South-Western: Cengage Learning 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 (sixth ed.) 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 ed). Prentice Hall Winstanely D. (2007) Personal Effectiveness, London: CIPD. Wood, Julia T (2012) Communication in our lives (International edition, Wadsworth: Cengage-Learning

Transferrable Skills

-360b7 Self awareness b7 Effective presentation skills b7 Interacting effectively with others b7 Taking ownership of personal development b7 Reflection and reflective practice b7 Critical thinking b7 Development of a global mindset b7 Recognition of cross-cultural issues in own practice

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 44.00
Practicals (FT) 20.00
Seminars (FT) 36.00
Independent Learning (FT) 100.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Presentation & Report n/a 30.00 n/a Group presentation and report (2000 words)
Learning Log n/a 70.00 n/a Learning Log (3000 words)