PY0775 - Professional Skills

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What will I learn on this module?

This module is designed to provide you with a range of professional skills important for your academic and professional development in Health, Sport & Exercise and Occupational & Organisational Psychology. It will assist with preparation for your thesis as you learn about advanced bibliographic skills, project proposals, and research management, ethical and legal issues. You will learn employment-related skills, media skills, and personal and career development skills such as presentation and communication as well as C.V. enhancement. You will also make practical applications of skills using online resources and employ self-reflective approaches to recording and enhancing awareness of your professional development in Health, Sport & Exercise and Occupational & Organisational Psychology.

How will I learn on this module?

You will attend lectures, workshops and conference-style sessions, including coverage of specific topics on reflective logbooks, communication skills, employability, career planning and self-promotion, research planning, liaising with external organizations and potential supervisors and the ethics process. You will also conduct self-directed learning alongside directed learning, guided by the module tutor.


This module will be based around a series of taught and practical sessions delivering background information and theoretical bases, with a focus on hands-on experience and practice of techniques and practical skills. The first week and final five weeks will be lecture based accompanied by complementary seminars and workshops. There will also be a two-day conference style programme in the middle of the semester providing information and facilitating experiences in key skills applicable to Health, Sport & Exercise and Occupational & Organisational Psychology.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be supported through the use of the e-learning University resources (Blackboard), which give access to lecture and workshops materials (PowerPoint slides, hand-outs, reading lists, guide books and templates). Examples of materials and web links to relevant sources will also be accessible via the Blackboard site. There will also be an online discussion board, to discuss points of interest amongst other students as well as tutors and engage in shared discussion of course materials and issues.

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. Critique a variety of academic sources

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

2. Demonstrate career enhancement expertise through presentation and communication skills, media skills, career planning, and routes for further qualifications such as the BPS Stage 2 and HCPC-registration.

3. Engage in self-promotion using networking and IT presentation such as LinkedIn.



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

4. Use reflective practice to record, evaluate and build on experiences.

How will I be assessed?

There will be two assessments:

1) A reflective logbook, recording and evaluating experiences regarding topics covered in the module (60%)
(K&U2, IPSAM2,PVAM4)

2) A LinkedIn website conveying and promoting oneself to the public (40%)
(IPVAM3, PVAM4)

The reflective log book has a 3,000 word limit. The LinkedIn website has a 1,000 word limit.

Pre-requisite(s)

N/A

Co-requisite(s)

N/A

Module abstract

The module is designed to provide you with a range of professional skills important for your academic and professional development in Health, Sport & Exercise and Occupational & Organisational Psychology. It will also assist with preparation for your thesis. This will include bibliographic skills, communication skills, ethical issues, research management and team-working skills, employment-related skills, media skills, and personal and career development skills. The module consists of lecture, workshop and conference-style sessions and includes specific topics on reflective logbooks, communication skills, employability, career planning and self-promotion, research planning, liaising with external organizations and potential supervisors and the ethics process.

As a student on this course you will develop and be assessed on self-reflective practice, evaluating and enhancing your professional standing in your chosen area of psychology. You will also be assessed on technology based self-promotion, building your knowledge of online resources, and increasing your employability in the fields of Health Psychology, Sports & Exercise Psychology and Occupational & Organisational Psychology.

What will I learn on this module?

This module is designed to provide you with a range of professional skills important for your academic and professional development in Health, Sport & Exercise and Occupational & Organisational Psychology. It will assist with preparation for your thesis as you learn about advanced bibliographic skills, project proposals, and research management, ethical and legal issues. You will learn employment-related skills, media skills, and personal and career development skills such as presentation and communication as well as C.V. enhancement. You will also make practical applications of skills using online resources and employ self-reflective approaches to recording and enhancing awareness of your professional development in Health, Sport & Exercise and Occupational & Organisational Psychology.

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 2 years part-time
1 other options available

Department Psychology

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2019

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