SP5029 - SER Professional Development and Practice

What will I learn on this module?

The main focus of the module is work, or career, specific learning. It encourages you to develop independence and to take responsibility for your own career-relevant skill development. This process is supplemented by the inclusion of generic lectures, workshops, associated directed learning tasks and individual tutorial support. The generic lectures will provide you with the knowledge necessary to allow you to capitalise upon this Continuing Professional Development (CPD) opportunity. Workshops and directed tasks will allow for the development of essential self-reflection skills.

Generic lecture and workshop topics include:
· Self-reflection and SMART analysis and Key Skills exercises to establish your development needs as a Practitioner in Sport and Exercise.
· Creating a CPD contract and CPD Portfolio
· Identifying appropriate CPD opportunities to enhance your degree related expertise and aspirations

Once you have written your SMART / Key Skills analysis and CPD contract you will then be able to identify a number of potential CPD opportunities in the form of short courses, workshops, and coaching awards. Many of the skills and abilities you will learn will be of value to your life-long learning aspirations.

Potential CPD Opportunities may include:
· Volunteering / working in a sport and exercise environment
· Working in a PE context
· Shadowing a professional in the workplace
· Writing business plans
· Writing grant applications
· Attendance at conferences, workshops, courses.

Regular contact is maintained between you and your supervisor in order to ensure that you are supported throughout the module.

How will I learn on this module?

This module is essentially work-based and requires you to engage in CPD activities and learning experiences to enhance your employability. The module will be delivered initially via a series of introductory lectures explaining the purpose of CPD, the process, and the assessment. You will be assigned a CPD supervisor at the start of the module to support you in setting your personal SMART objectives and Key Skills analysis and CPD contract that will be summatively assessed. The learning strategies of taught sessions, and the writing of the CPD contract aim to develop your conceptual knowledge of relevant sport and exercise industries, and to identify the range of skills and competencies needed to be effective in your own career. You will then choose suitable CPD opportunities, experiences, courses, workshops, etc. to address your identified employability needs. The final assessment task is the production of a CPD portfolio and self-reflection.

As a core module shared across undergraduate sport programmes, it offers you the opportunity to work with and learn from peers from other disciplines. Some elements of the taught content, and the direction of the assessment task, will be specific to your core discipline to ensure that you develop the most appropriate and relevant skills and knowledge.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Module information, assessment requirements and expectations, and important module announcements will be made through the eLP module site. Material to support your learning will be uploaded in advance of sessions. You will be provided with content verbally and guided through tasks during timetabled sessions. A dedicated assessment session will afford you the opportunity to ask assessment related questions in class. The Module Leader is there to support you with any queries that you may have about the module content, and all staff members provide tutorial time outside of class time. Module tutors will provide you with the necessary information on how to arrange a tutorial. You will have the opportunity to receive formative feedback on your development during the module, and you will receive feedback on summative work to help you identify areas of strength and areas for development. There will be the opportunity to discuss your feedback with a member of staff during a tutorial. There are also further academic skills support available from the University Library services where you can gain access to study skills / academic writing and support materials, as well as links to booking both on and off campus study skills sessions.

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:
1. Undertake self-reflection and appraisal of your career aspirations and needs and evaluate your performance against the National Occupational Standards;
2. Undertake an evidence based audit of the success of your learning experience related to your SMART Objectives and Key Skill analysis of your employability needs;

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

3. Apply the skills of an independent learner to your academic study and continued professional development with academic support;

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

4. Behave in a manner consistent with professional and ethical standards;
5. Engage in a questioning and critical approach to learning.

How will I be assessed?

The summative assessment for this module
comprises a:

1. Professional development plan (2000 words) worth 30% of the module total assessment. (LO’s 1, 5)

and

2. Portfolio (2500 words) worth 70% including evidence of professional development activity. (LO’s 2, 3, 4, 5)

The summative assessments will require you to engage in critical reflection, self-evaluation, and action planning related to your personal development goals. There will be a stipulation that a proportion of the development activities are through an element of work based learning, but this can be tailored by the individual student.

Formative feedback and support:
A system of individual tutorial support is implemented in order to guide you through the process of choosing and accessing relevant development opportunities, and in undertaking your self-reflection. Additional formative assessment will also be available on the individual courses and workshops.

Directed tasks whilst on the module will ensure that you continuously reflect upon your performance as a sport related practitioner and that you set appropriate targets. Feedback will be given in a group session and you can access personal tutorials to support subsequent assessments.

Regular contact is maintained between you and your supervisor throughout the module in order to ensure that you are supported in the CPD experience.

Summative Feedback
You will receive written or audio feedback on your summative assessment to help you identify areas of strength and areas for development. There will be the opportunity to discuss your feedback with a member of staff during a tutorial.

Pre-requisite(s)

N/A

Co-requisite(s)

N/A

Module abstract

The main focus of the module is work based learning, which encourages you to develop independence and to take responsibility for your own skill development in an appropriate series of skill and experience enhancement opportunities of your choice. This process is supplemented by the inclusion of generic lectures, workshops, associated directed learning tasks and individual tutorial support. The generic lectures will provide the foundation knowledge necessary to allow you to capitalise upon the CPD opportunities. Workshops and directed tasks will allow for the development of essential skills through self-reflection and formative assessment tasks. A system of individual tutorial support is implemented in order to guide you through the CPD process. Regular contact is maintained between yourself and your supervisor in order to ensure that you are supported throughout the module.

Course info

UCAS Code CB65

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

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

Department Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2022

Fee Information

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