HR9715 - Academic Study Skills and Professional Development

What will I learn on this module?

This module gives you the learning you need to develop skills and knowledge in a number of key areas important for study at Master’s level and for your development as an HR practitioner. Through practical exercises and discussion, you will study a number of important topics such as critical writing, library skills, referencing, preparing for exams. Academic procedures such as Submission Extensions, Personal Extenuating Circumstances, Assessment Regulations for Taught Awards are explained. You will also develop understanding of professional body (CIPD) requirements, the importance of engaging with your local CIPD branch, and in semester 2 will take part in a career-development session which draws upon the CIPD Profession map.

How will I learn on this module?

You will attend an induction session which introduces you to the programme and provides information and knowledge on key issues such as: PG learning, expectations, course content, challenges of part-time study, and key dates around the academic year. There are one-hour workshops spread throughout the first and second semester designed to develop study skills and knowledge. The module emphasises the development of reflective practice, writing critically, experiential learning and development and practice of key academic skills. There is a wealth of supporting information and videos accessed via the module site to support your learning. We expect you to complete relevant pre-work for the workshops when required as this an essential part of the group learning experience.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Support will be provided by the Programme Leaders with specialists presenting where required (for example library support staff and CIPD North East branch committee members.) Your workshops will include the full year one cohort (typically 20-30 students). The Programme Leaders are also available to give additional support if you have particular challenges or special needs. Active participation in class is encouraged as learning from other students’ experiences is an important part of understanding academic skills and professional development. The module is supported by an e-learning portal which signposts you to a rich variety of self-study materials as well as the materials you need for the workshop series.

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?

The module aims to:

• Provide a programme framework for student orientation, and an ongoing programme of induction / academic and professional development.

• Facilitate academic support and a framework for independent learning over the programme.

• Provide a forum for the Programme Leaders to facilitate a phased induction / academic and professional development process.

How will I be assessed?

This is a zero-credit module and there is no assessment.





Module abstract

Through the induction session and workshop series, you will be supported in your studies and the credit-bearing taught modules that constitute your PG programme. The induction session and workshop series include the involvement of your Programme Leaders who will seek to engage you and provide support and direction on a range of pastoral, academic and professional issues. The workshops are directly linked to the modules on your programme and provide essential information, knowledge and skills development required for PG study. They also provide a useful forum for discussion and support to help you deal with the challenges of combining full-time work and part-time study.

Course info

Credits 0

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 2 years part-time

Department Newcastle Business School

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2022

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Our Campus based courses starting in 2022 and 2023 will be delivered on-campus with supporting online learning content. We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to adjust the delivery of our education accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

On-campus contact time is subject to increase or decrease in line with any additional restrictions, which may be imposed by the Government or the University in the interest of maintaining the health and safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and visitors. This could potentially mean increased or fully online delivery, should such restrictions on in-person contact time be required.


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