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Learning Strategies

This module encourages the individual to take increased responsibility for the development of their employability skills and continuing professional development. The emphasis is on reflective learning and future career and learning plans, and how to achieve these.

AIMS:

The purpose of this module is to enable the student to acquire and develop a range of skills including transferable, personal, interpersonal, academic and subject specific skills that will enable them to succeed in their chosen field of study. This module is part of a series of Personal and Professional Development modules that progressively develops the student as they move through the levels of study.

Subject specific skills are identified through reference to the relevant sector frameworks which are applied to the generic skill outcomes for the level.  Students will be encouraged to reflect on their learning and gain credit through that reflection.

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

Upon successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

LO1      Develop and demonstrate reflective and reflexive practitioner skills.

LO2      Negotiate and plan their learning and continuing professional development.

LO3      Critically analyse their progress in developing a range of core employability skills.

INDICATIVE CONTENT:

A range of opportunities will be presented to students.  Appropriate activities will be selected that will support the tracking and monitoring of their development.  To include:

  • Approaches to skills audit in relation to personal, academic and career planning needs.
  • Range of opportunities for career development and planning future career paths.
  • Theoretical underpinning relevant to the skills to be developed including reflective and reflexive practice.
  • Refining action plans to achieve further development.

LEARNING STRATEGIES:

This module will draw on a wide range of learning and teaching methods appropriate to the nature of the student profile. The specific methods to be used in the delivery of this module will be reviewed and determined at an annual planning event, and the outcomes recorded in information to be included in relevant route / award documentation.

ASSESSMENT PROCEDURES:

A range of formative and summative assessment methods will be used which are appropriate to the teaching and learning delivery method, mode of attendance and proposed weighting criteria used for this module, and as reflected within the Scheme and Award specifications.

A range of assessment methods is used within the module aiming towards achieving deep learning where knowledge is developed through both understanding and application. Both the task and the assessment criteria will be clearly explained to students within a module outline, or an assignment brief.

Methods may include practice-based assignments, case studies, presentations, multi-cultural management problems, projects, problem-based scenarios, simulations, portfolios, reflective assignments and the outcomes of negotiated learning contracts.

The assessment methods will enable the student to provide evidence which

clearly satisfies the Intended Learning Outcomes for this module.

KEY SKILLS DEVELOPED AND/OR ASSESSED IN THE MODULE:

Key Skill

Developed: Y?

Assessed: Y?

Communication

Y

Y

Working with others

Y

Y

Management skills

Y

Application of number

Y

Information Technology

Y

Problem solving

Y

Y

Improving own learning and performance

Y

Y

Employability

Y

Y

INDICATIVE ASSESSMENT:

A range of opportunities will be presented to students.  Appropriate activities will be selected that will support the tracking and monitoring of their development.  To include:

  • Introduction to personal and professional development tools and techniques.
  • Personal and professional development approaches in informing career planning.
  • Diagnostic tools to assess current skill-set and identification of future needs.
  • Development of study skills including communication skills, problem solving, team working and approaches to learning.

Module Delivery Details

MODULE TITLE:                                           Personal & Professional Development 3

                                         

MODULE CODE:                                          PPD3

SUBJECT CODE / COST CENTRE:              

LEVEL / CREDIT:                                          Level 2 HE (Level 4 NQF) 15 Credit Points

                           

VERSION / DATE:                                           July 2009

SPONSORING SCHEME:                            Calderdale College HE Scheme             

ROUTE:                                                          All                           

PRE-REQUISITES:                             None

DELIVERY NUMBER:

MODE OF DELIVERY:               (Please insert Y where appropriate)

With attendance

Y

Flexible learning

Y

Work-based learning

Y

Research

Y

                           

START DATE: 2nd October 2009                            END DATE: 22nd January 2010

LOCATION: G4

MODULE LEADER / TUTORS: G. Bowen

                           

scheduled sessions and assessments:

Wednesdays 9.00 - 12.00 and 13.00-16.00

ESSENTIAL SOURCES:

RECOMMENDED SOURCES:

Bedford, D. and Wilson, E (2006). Study skills for foundation degrees. David Fulton.

Burns, T. and Sinfield, S.  (2008) Essential study skills: the complete guide to success at university, 2nd ed.  Sage

Cottrell, S. (2003) The study skills handbook. Palgrave Macmillan

Oates, B. (2005) Researching information systems and computing. Sage Publications Ltd

ADDITIONAL NOTES:

Students are expected to engage in wider reading concerning computer trends and issues to support their PDP development

Indicative Module Plan: PPD 3

Week

Date:

Topic/Activity

1

w/c 28th September 2009

Employability skills audit

2

w/c 5th October 2009

UCAS procedures, personal statements

3

w/c 12th October 2009

Contract negotiations

4

w/c 19th October 2009

Schemes of work, assessment styles

26 October - 31 October 2009 Reading week

5

w/c 2nd November 2009

Task 1 due

6

w/c 9th  November 2009

Problem solving, decision tools

7

w/c 16th November 2009

Games in learning

8

w/c 23rd November 2009

On-line tutorial creation; Captivate

9

w/c 30th November 2009

UML, Use Case modelling

10

w/c 7th  December 2009

UML, Objects, states

11

w/c 14th December 2009

Progress reports, tracking

21 December -  2 January 2010 Christmas vacation

12

w/c 4th January 2010

UCAS application reviews

13

w/c 11th January 2010

Assignment workshop

14

w/c 18th January 2010

Task 2 due

Please note this is an indicative plan and sessions may be delivered in a different sequence. 

Learning and teaching will take the form of tutor input lectures, demonstrations and workshops. 

Assessment Brief PPD 3

Task 1: Negotiate and plan a learning contract LO2 (weighting 30%)

Identify a learning area to improve that will compliment your continuing professional development.  This may be a computing skill such as animation or programming or a functional skill such as English or Maths.  It may not be a computing skill that is assessed by a dedicated FdSc unit (computer systems, websites or databases).  You might consider a skill that you will be implementing in the WRL4 project.

Write a statement that describes your current knowledge of this area and sets targets that you should be able to achieve at the end of the module.  Your tutor will discuss your plans and will negotiate specific learning outcomes.

Following the discussion you will write a learning contract that includes the following:

  • The aims of your study.
  • Measurable objectives that you will achieve at the end of the unit.
  • A weekly plan of what you will study and how.

Submission deadline Task 1:  Wednesday 4th November 16.00

Task 2: Reflection on learning LO1 & LO3 (weighting 70%)

Report on the degree to which you met your objectives.  Consider how appropriate were the objectives that you set in measuring your learning.  You should include evidence of how the objectives were met as an appendix.

Critically analyse your own progress in developing the skill that you chose.  You should consider how this has affected your potential employability.

Submission Deadline Task 2:  Wednesday 20th January 16.00

FdSc in Networking and Business Support Technologies

Personal and Professional Development 3

Mark Scheme 2009/10

Student Name

Assignment Mark

Weighting

Learning Outcome

Distinction (70%+)

Merit (60-69%)

Pass (40-59%)

Refer (<40%)

Develop and demonstrate reflective and reflexive practitioner skills.

A clear differentiation between reflexive and reflective analysis

A good reflection on the success of the learning activity

The success in meeting the objectives is discussed

There is no attempt to evaluate how well the objectives have been met

Negotiate and plan their learning and continuing professional development.

An excellent plan with evidence of monitoring and revision

A good plan including final and intermediate objectives

An adequate weekly plan with realistic objectives

The objectives are unclear or not measurable

Critically analyse their progress in developing a range of core employability skills.

Opportunities for further learning are discussed. 

Progress is tracked and critically analysed

The skills learnt are discussed in relation to employability

Progress is not analysed, employability is not considered


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