KA5042 - Business and Professional Development

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What will I learn on this module?

The module aims to facilitate the assessment of work based learning as part of your academic programme in order to promote professional and personal development and enhance interpersonal skills.

It will give you the opportunity to apply appropriate sections of the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence in preparation for when you register for the APC. Initially you will be required to select half of the RICS Mandatory Competencies and then to devise and implement a strategy to achieve the selected competencies. The second part of the module is based around an individually negotiated work based project that will be of benefit to your employing organisation. It is to focus on one of the APC Competency areas in which you are gaining experience.

You will be assessed in two ways. The first will by a portfolio demonstrating how the competencies have been achieved. The second will comprise an oral presentation and a written report.

How will I learn on this module?

The focus of the module is the analysis and synthesis of work based learning experiences. The module will be introduced by a one-hour workshop session to discuss the module syllabus and assessment requirements. You will be required to produce a plan identifying how you intend to achieve the competency requirements in semester 1.

At the start of semester 2 you, your employer and tutor will agree a learning strategy suitable for you. The choice of topic is important and should be typical of the type of work with which you are involved, albeit as part of a team. The workplace will be the main learning environment but tutor support will be available throughout the module study period.

The eLP, telephone and email will be used as a means of communication once the initial briefings have taken place and work-based visits will be made by tutors as appropriate.

As you are in employment your workplace will be the main learning environment, in effect acting as a framework for business and professional development. However, tutor support will be available via drop-in sessions throughout the module study period. It is recognised that there is the need for modes of blended learning delivery, experiential assessment, and opportunities to combine work and study through independent study, embedded learning opportunities, and relevant communications technologies. Lecture capture will be used to elaborate on the content contained in any teaching material along with audio recording and notes to support presentations on key topics.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

a Summative assessment and rationale for tasks

Semester 1 - You will be required to submit a portfolio of evidence demonstrating how each of the competencies have been achieved. For each competency a reflective commentary will be required synthesising work based learning experiences and where appropriate academic study. The rationale for this is to help prepare the student for their professional training after graduation.

Semester 2 – The assessment will be in two parts:

a) A written report giving a detailed critical analysis of the work based project and your role. It should provide evidence of your ability to work competently and apply the core knowledge relevant to the task.

b) An oral presentation which will assess communication skills as well as your understanding of the project, the process followed and rational behind the decision making giving the tutor the opportunity to explore the reported statements more fully.

b. Additional formative assessment – detail of process and rationale

You will be required to submit evidence of work based skills and learning prior to the drop-in tutorials at university in which formative assessment and further guidance will be provided to you by your tutor.

In Semester 2 you will submit a Record of Progress on your learning together with evidence of your achievements in practical surveying skills and or IT skills as a formative assessment for both your tutor and employer. It is envisaged there will be a regular dialogue between yourself and your supervisor throughout the module allowing you the opportunity to gain feedback on your progress.

c. Indication of how students will get feedback and how this will support their learning

Written feedback will be provided to you on the portfolio parts submitted in Semester 1 and Semester 2 and issued via the eLearningPortal.

You will be assigned a Module Tutor whom you will be encouraged to make contact with for support throughout your studies and especially ahead of the 2 submission points as part of the module assessments. In addition, tutors will provide academic guidance and feedback on student performance following visits to their workplace. Finally, tutors will respond to any generic questions posed via the module’s eLearning Portal so that the whole student cohort can benefit.

As you are in employment your workplace will be the main learning environment, however, tutor support will be available via drop-in sessions throughout the module study period. The eLP, telephone and email will be used as a means of communication once the initial briefings have taken place and work-based visits will be made by tutors if appropriate.

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:
• ML01: Demonstrate the ability to achieve a range of competencies specified in the RICS APC requirements.
• ML02: Demonstrate the ability to select, develop and apply in a practical situation specialised technical knowledge in the chosen area of study, using prior and new discipline specific learning.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• ML03: Demonstrate competence in planning and implementing a learning strategy.
• ML04: Demonstrate the ability to report on and evaluate a project, critically analyse and reflect on their own capability and effectiveness in the workplace.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
• ML05: Demonstrate the capacity for independent, evidence based thinking and decision making.

How will I be assessed?

Summative assessment

How will I be assessed? (SRS 0006)
Please give details of all formative and summative assessment process indicating which MLOs will be addressed and how feedback will be provided.

Semester 1
Via an on-line portfolio (50% weighting) demonstrating how each of the competencies has been achieved. For each competency a reflective commentary will be required synthesising work based learning experiences and where appropriate academic study.

The portfolio will assess ML01,03,05.

Semester 2
Via a coursework (35%) and a presentation (15%).

1. A written report giving a detailed critical analysis of the work based project.

2. An oral presentation which will assess communication skills as well as your understanding of the project, the process followed and rational behind the decision making giving the tutor the opportunity to explore the reported statements more fully.

The coursework and presentation will assess ML02,03,04,05.

Formative assessment

Written feedback will be given on the scripts submitted and provided on the eLP where relevant. An informal interview will also be offered to you at which the work will be returned and additional verbal feedback given to help you prepare for the professional training.

Pre-requisite(s)

N/A

Co-requisite(s)

N/A

Module abstract

Semester One
‘Business and Professional Development’ is designed to allow you to focus on the mandatory competencies of the RICS. You will have a free choice to select half of the competencies to develop.

Semester Two
‘Business and Professional Development’ is designed to allow you to focus on the practical application of skills development in the work place.

A structured work based project will be agreed between your employer, yourself and your tutor. The subject area will be a compulsory or optional competency in the RICS APC and appropriate to the content of the degree programme.

Report writing, presentation skills, analysis of specific workplace scenarios and your performance in your work team will be a key part of the syllabus.

Your workplace will act as a framework for business and professional development to develop your professional skills.

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 5 years part-time

Department Architecture and Built Environment

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2019

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