HR9450 - Personal Effectiveness

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What will I learn on this module?

‘Personal Effectiveness’ is designed to support your transition into Higher Education and developing your own personal effectiveness. You will be introduced to a range of academic skills which will support your learning whilst in Higher Education and provide the foundations on which you will build these skills over the next three years.

This module will support you to become self-directed learners who have the freedom to influence your own learning. The module develops your capacity for this style of learning by helping you to develop an awareness of influences on your own personal effectiveness. You will be introduced to the Northumbria University Employability and Leadership Attributes to develop the attributes of a ‘capable individual’. The module will further introduce you to key concepts and theories which will support you to evaluate your own personal effectiveness and the impact it may have on your team and business.

Topics include:

• Introduction to academic and study skills
• Reflection and reflective writing
• Engagement, including communication styles
• Collaboration, including networking and social media
• Learning, including seeking opportunities
• Acting with Integrity, including resilience and ethical issues.
• Numeracy
• Growth Mind-sets
• Emotional intelligence

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through seminars, tutorials, workshops, independent learning and work-related projects. The seminars will introduce you to theories and concepts which relate to personal effectiveness and will allow you to discuss with the tutors and your peers how these relate to your own experiences and personal development. Workshops will give you the opportunity to put your own knowledge into practice within an individual or group setting. The two day residential event included as part of this module is a very important aspect of your learning experience.

Learning is underpinned by extensive independent learning which is supported by a Teaching and Learning Plan which offers guidance and suggested activities which allow you to reflect and evaluate your own personal effectiveness. Within the Teaching and Learning plan there is suggest readings which can support individual and group learning within your interactive workshops.

You will also be working on work-based projects which will support learning by providing an experientially based opportunity to apply your learning and evaluate your own personal effectiveness.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

The Teaching and Learning plan provided to you from your tutor will provide a number of prompts and guidance to support you academically. Support will also include opportunities to gain feedback from both tutors, coaches and peers within seminars, tutorial and workshop sessions.

Your module is also supported by an e-learning portal, which houses seminar materials, the Teaching and Learning plan alongside assessment details and various other support facilities which are provided by the University.

In addition, in order to assist you in developing knowledge which can be used to apply in a real business context, you will have access to the University’s library facilities, including extensive electronic resources, eBooks and electronic academic journal articles.

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:
1. Demonstrate an awareness of influences on personal effectiveness and an ability to interpret these.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
2. Demonstrate the ability to evaluate your own personal effectiveness as a means of influencing operational performance.

3. Identify and understand qualities and transferable skills necessary for contribution as a ‘capable individual’ in a business/organisational environment

4. Evidence the ability to be independent, self-directing and progressing individual goals.

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

5. Identify and understand the cultural and ethical context of your own personal effectiveness.

How will I be assessed?

Your summative assessment will take the form of:

1,500 word assignment (individual) 30%

MLOs 1,2,3,4

2,000 word assignment (individual) 40%

MLOs 1,2,3

1,500 word assignment (individual) 30%

MLOs 1, 2,3,4,5

Formative assessment will occur through opportunities to receive feedback on your personal development from peers and/or tutors.





Module abstract

This module will support you in your transition to Higher Education by developing your own personal effectiveness and giving you an insight on how this supports your own personal and entrepreneurial development. The module supports you to draw on your own experiences within your team while you are developing your business projects, allowing you to reflect and evaluate your own personal effectiveness and its impact. Through the introduction and exploration of the Northumbria University Employability and Leadership Framework you will be equipped to develop as effective self-directed learners. Becoming effective self-directed learners not only allows you to increases your chance of success on this programme but also develops key employability skills which will support you in life after graduation.

Course info

UCAS Code N1N4

Credits 40

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time

Department Newcastle Business School

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2019 or September 2020

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