MI4019 - Personal and Professional Practice

What will I learn on this module?

This module aims to provide you with a range of academic and professional practice skills, and an awareness of a range of professional contexts in which the knowledge of your degree study may be applied.

The module begins with a series of sessions dealing with generic and subject-specific research skills, including how to do presentations, literature reviews, e-learning and writing in different contexts (i.e. essays, portfolios, reports, criticism). These skills will allow you to become independent learners and will then be put into practice through the first assessment task, which is a recorded presentation. The second half of the module is themed around professional development. Through attendance at class, individual tutorials and directed and independent learning, you will explore a variety of professional contexts for your degree study. This will include visiting speakers and training sessions in relevant skills such as podcasting. This will culminate in the second assessment task, a podcast.

How will I learn on this module?

This module consists of weekly lectures (120 minutes) and seminar sessions (60 minutes). They will involve lecture material, guest speakers (where appropriate), student activities and class discussion. You are therefore required to prepare for the session with set reading and viewing; supporting material relating to each session will be posted on the e-learning portal. The emphasis in seminars will be on your participation through group work, and discussion of the set reading. You will also be offered tutorials to prepare for each assessment, and individual feedback will be given on each assignment.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Classes will involve group discussions with the tutor and fellow students, providing a constructive environment for the enhancement of knowledge and understanding of the subject, preparation for the assessment tasks, and the development of communication skills. Class material (such as Powerpoint slides, links to televisual material and discussion points) will be accessible via the e-Learning portal, along with supplementary learning material (which may include web links, suggestions for further viewing and reading). A list of key and further reading material will be available on the eLP, and an electronic reading list will link you directly to key sources, allowing you to access them anytime and anywhere. The module will also incorporate assessment preparation sessions, with advice on how to approach the presentation and podcast components. Furthermore, the module tutor will offer set tutorial hours for academic support.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:

• An understanding of the professional contexts relevant to your field of study

• Familiarity with a range of professional, academic and study skills, and an awareness of how academic skills can be usefully applied in professions relevant for graduates on your programme
Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

• The development of bibliographical and information-gathering skills in the preparation of assignments

• Practise and development of skills of teamwork and communication applicable to employment

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

• Encouragement of a positive and self-evaluative attitude to learning good academic practice and demonstrating core professional skills.

How will I be assessed?

The assessment strategy for this module is to encourage you to develop your research, communication and self-reflection skills in presenting ideas and knowledge to others in a variety of formats. The assessment tasks thus primarily address the MLOs relating to intellectual/professional skills (eg research skills, teamwork and communication) and personal values (self-evaluation). The assessment involves the development and recording of a twenty-minute summative group podcast. The task involves you using a variety of sources and processes of self-reflection in order to produce a podcast relating to the value of higher education in personal and professional terms.. The podcast task tests presentation skills and your ability to work constructively within groups, as well as encouraging you to reflect upon value of your educational experience to your current and future development. Verbal feedback will be provided by the module tutor in class for the formative assessment. You will receive feedback electronically on your formative work.





Module abstract

This module aims to provide you with a range of academic and professional practice skills, and an awareness of a range of professional contexts in which the knowledge of your degree study may be applied. The module will encourage you to adopt a positive, reflective, active and self-evaluative attitude to learning good academic practice and demonstrating core professional skills. You will also be introduced to the notion that technology and e-resources can be used to support your academic and professional skills development and acquisition of core discipline-specific knowledge.

It is taught via weekly lecture and seminar sessions that incorporate visiting speakers, student activities and directed learning. It is assessed by a pre-recorded presentation task and a podcast.

Course info


Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Arts

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2022

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