HR9409 - Preparing for Professional Practice

What will I learn on this module?

Your programme aims to ensure that you are learners for business not just of business upon graduation. This module starts you on this journey through supporting your own professional development. Its aim is to increase your awareness of, and sensitivity to, personal and employability/ entrepreneurship/enterprise skills by focusing on programme-area graduate career opportunities and by giving you the opportunity to work on projects similar to those that graduates within your field will be presented with once in employment. Taking an experiential, team-focussed, project/problem-based approach the module will support you in identifying and developing the key skills, behaviours and acumen that are required to sustainably and responsibly manage organisations and their people. These might include generic areas such as leadership, project-management, resilience, empathy and professional judgement and also discipline-specific capabilities.
You will use this understanding to evaluate, practise, develop and re-evaluate your capabilities in these skills, behaviours and acumen areas, enabling you to develop your own graduate identity to support your successful future employability, entrepreneurship and/or enterprise activity. The activities provide you with authentic insights into the importance and challenges of team-working within organisations as you work to address real organisations’ issues.
Learner/team-led, tutor-guided sessions aim to support you in enhancing your employability and upon building your graduate identity. You will be supported in the practical development of the key attributes and behaviours that are central to your future success within your chosen profession within a project-based environment. Through documenting and reflecting upon your progress towards achieving your own team defined KPIs, so you will enhance your skills, behaviours, capabilities and acumen.
In short at the end of this module you will:
• Have an understanding and increased awareness of, and sensitivity to, those personal skills and attributes which are central to your future employability in your chosen profession or to future entrepreneurial or enterprise activity
• Be better prepared to understand the skills and qualities required by graduates in your field to secure future employment or engage in enterprise activity
• Have practical experience of working on a real-life business project appropriate to your programme area, improving your project management, research, employability and collaboration skills

How will I learn on this module?

Your learning journey in this module will consist of a combination of tutor-led, learner-led and team-led session activities.
Tutor-led research-informed seminar sessions will help you to develop an understanding and increased awareness of your own personal skills and employability and provide practical support to help you record and document these attributes to support future career progression.
A learner-led, tutor guided approach will further be adopted to support the development of your personal career plan focusing on your future graduate identity.
A team-led, facilitated approach provides the authentic experience of working as part of a team on an appropriate graduate level project within your field. You will be jointly responsible for identifying your team’s learning needs in order to provide appropriate recommendations for a real business organisation. You will be provided with a framework / structure to help you work through the issues and your facilitator will support with advice and constructive criticism throughout.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Support will be provided to you by a member of academic staff who will facilitate your learning and support you through the led sessions whilst disseminating appropriate activities you should be engaging in during your independent study time. They are also available upon request to support you outside of formal session time by responding to questions or concerns that you might have either via email or via individually pre-arranged appointments and/or drop-in sessions.
Tutor-led, tutor-guided and learner-led activities are organised in groups of around 20 working in smaller teams. This approach provides a closer, more personal academic support. All workshops and seminar sessions will consist of learners who are also studying on your programme.
Academic support is also provided through the provision of a range of University learning support services. A wide range of online support materials are also available thought the virtual learning environment. These materials include recordings, webcasts, pre-recorded sessions on the use of specialist software and key academic skills, also an electronic reading list including RSS feeds that showcase the application of various practices presented in the module.

To support you in your academic progress, you will receive both formative and summative feedback/feed-forward on your work through the course of each academic year. Regular formative feedback on class activities provides you with the necessary guidance to scaffold your knowledge and understanding of key issues to enable your success in the final summative assessment. Summative feedback/feed-forward will be provided on your work after it has been assessed and graded. You should use all feedback that you receive to identify areas of strength and areas for future study and improvement.

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:
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team –

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:

• To apply your knowledge and understanding of contemporary business to solve a problem related to professional practice using higher-order capabilities [MLO1]

• To appraise knowledge of business and management to complex real-world problems in professional practice in order to identify contextually-justifiable, sustainable and responsible solutions [MLO2]

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

• To become a self-directed learner with the ability to develop skills in framing your own enquiry questions, impacting on individual engagement and confidence. These will include critical evaluation, synthesis, ethical judgment and communication as well as technical skills in information searching and the use of technology. [MLO3]

• To work collaboratively on a team project. [MLO4]

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

• To self-reflect and critique your personal skills and attitudes as a means of informing personal development planning and improve your employability and discern your graduate identity. [MLO5]

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment:
Throughout the module you should actively participate in scheduled and self-directed activities and should engage in discussions, team work and feedback exercises to challenge your own thinking and that of your peers.

Face-to-face sessions will provide you with the opportunity to self-assess your knowledge and understanding through applying the different aspects/topics examined. You will work through small groups activities which will enable you to secure on-going feedback from your peers.

Summative Assessment:
1. Employability Development Portfolio developed through engagement with weekly activities in seminars and reflective statements. (40%) [MLO 3, 5]

2. Team Report/Presentation – Work submitted by the team detailing research conducted and findings and recommendations (40%) [MLO 1, 2, 4]

3. 360° Self, Tutor and Peer Assessment from team project (20%) [MLO 4]





Module abstract

‘Preparing for Professional Practice’ supports you to apply the knowledge and understanding that you’ve developed through the module ‘People, Management and Organisations’ to your own professional development. Taking an experiential team-focused, project/problem-based approach, the module equips you to identify and develop the key skills, behaviours and acumen that underpin sustainably and responsibly managed organisations and their people within your chosen field. These might include generic areas such as leadership, project-management, resilience, empathy and professional judgement, as well as discipline-specific topics.
You’ll use this understanding to evaluate, practise, develop and re-evaluate your capabilities in these identified areas, enabling you to develop your own personal brand to support your successful future employability and/or enterprise activity. The activities provide you with authentic insights into the importance and challenges of team-working within organisations as you work to address their real world challenges.

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 Newcastle Business School

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2022

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Courses starting in 2021 are offered as a mix of face to face and online learning. We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

Contact time is subject to increase or decrease in line with additional restrictions imposed by the government or the University in the interest of maintaining the health and safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and visitors, potentially to a full online offer, should further restrictions be deemed necessary in future.

Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.


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