HS3005 - Becoming a Professional

What will I learn on this module?

In this module you will explore concepts of becoming a professional working in health, social care, and education (HSCE). You will also engage with and understand the nature of, and challenges to, professional practice. You will also consider aspects of communication between professional groups focussing on such things as the use of “professional language” and professional/service user interactions. The aim of this module is to explore the potential and current issues in developing our own professional practice in health, social care, and education. This will include you considering examples of the historical development of current professions to understand their influence on collective and individual identities including issues of professional identity and professional socialisation. By engaging in exercises which encourage reflection on individual experiences and consider these in terms of concepts from the module and from our changing worlds. You will explore influencing factors such as political debates and agendas which influence the realities of professional working. We will explore how professions are perceived, expected, and enacted within society and how these are contrasted against our own interpretations of a professional identity and role. The impact and influence of ethical considerations on becoming a professional and professional practice will be explored.

How will I learn on this module?

A variety of learning and teaching strategies will be used within the module to help you consider your experience(s) of health and social care to underpinning evidence and theory. This will include a combined traditional teaching and learning strategy with technology driven methods, which will involve lectures, supplemented by discussion, independent learning, and group work that will be student centred and student led. Lectures, discussion and individual and group reflective exercises will be used to introduce concepts, reflect on personal (and where appropriate) practice experience and to develop relationships between concepts and experience. Guidelines and specific exercises will provide to structure reflection, discussion and learning during group work periods. Material from individual or group work will be used within whole group discussions, but the main purpose is to provide an opportunity for you to think about the relationship between current knowledge, attitudes and ideas generated within the module and professional practice. Seminars and discussion groups to help integration and synthesis of the subject area. Various audio-visual aids and case studies will also be used, as well as a range of IT resources during designated laboratory work sessions.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will have a named Personal Tutor, who will provide help and advice at every stage of the programme. The module leader will provide guidance on the content of the module during formal teaching time, and throughout the academic year time will set aside on a regular basis for individual and small group tutorial support should you wish to access this. You will also be provided with the contact details of key module personnel within the module handbook and on the e-learning platform. Lecturers will facilitate seminar groups to support academic development. You will have access to lecturers at specifically designated times via online forums; email; group tutorials and one to one meetings. Formative and summative assessment tasks include ‘feedforward’ in preparation for assignments, and ‘feedback’ to identify aspects of students’ strengths and aspects which require development. Contact details for all tutors for this module are available in the module handbook and via the Electronic Learning Portal, Blackboard Ultra.

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. Identify contemporary key issues in professional practice and individual development by utilising current literature and evidence.

2. Explore the nature and source of professional knowledge and its impact of contemporary professional practice including professional role development and the historical development of professions.

3. Develop understanding of differing approaches to professional education and training and the impact on individual development and professional socialisation within a local, national, and global context.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

4. In this module you will begin to develop the academic skills, qualities and competencies expected of students on the programme, including effective approaches to assessment, information literacy, and how to use appropriate resources expertise on offer within and beyond the programme to support learning.

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

5. Develop an awareness and understanding of issues relating to the complexities of individual and personal values relating to professional practice in light of current research and other evidence including ethical frameworks.

How will I be assessed?

Formative Assessment:
You will be formatively assessed by means of an ongoing sequence of student lead seminars and debates, which will be diagnostic in direction, offering guidance toward completion of the summative assignment.

Mock MCQ will also underpin module content and prepare you for the summative assessment

(MLOs 01, 02, 03, 04)

Overall formative feedback will be during designated feedback sessions, and where necessary students will be seen individually to discuss issues of concern. Advice will be given on how to improve writing and referencing skills throughout the module. Mock MCQ results will be available via BBU

Summative Assessment:
Your summative assessment will be by means of a multiple-choice / short answer question written exam (10 MCQ, 5 short answer questions, 90 minutes exam)
Feedback will be provided via TurnItIn
(MLO’s 1-5)





Module abstract

This module is intended to develop your understanding of professional roles, explore how differing views of society may impact upon the roles and functions of professions and explore the potential and current issues in developing our own professional practice in health, social care, and education. This will include you considering examples of the historical development of current professions to understand their influence on collective and individual identities including issues of professional identity and professional socialisation. You will also examine how professional groups evolve(d) within society and consider key concepts that may influence the conduct of professions in society. The module team will assume no academic background knowledge in this field of study however you will be encouraged to draw upon both past reading and life experience as part of your learning. By the end of the module, you will have developed your understanding of the role of the professional and how differing views of society may impact upon the roles and functions of professions.

Course info

UCAS Code B760

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 1 year full-time followed by a further 3 years full-time study

Department Nursing, Midwifery & Health, Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing

Location Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2024 or September 2025

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Full time Courses starting in 2023 are primarily delivered via on-campus face to face learning but may include elements of 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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