- Clarify and improve students’ ability to set career-planning goals, make plans to achieve them, and evaluate their performance toward them.
- Help students to not only remain on a success track to completing their 2nd year, but to also keep on solid ground as regards their personal development planning, and whatever adjustments and changes that may need to be met.
- Develop skills in: reflection strategies, strategies for successful job application, and achievement personal synthesis.
- Exploration and expansion of competencies relevant to academic and future professional development
- Complete a PDP2 portfolio to a standard that meets the needs, clarifies the goals, and inspires new possibilities, for each and every participant.
Due to the 6-entry points throughout the year the following information will be explained to new students at the beginning of each block:
- Overview of module, and the goals to be achieved.
- MOS explanation and its relevance to the module.
- Tutoring sessions regarding Education guide, Student Charter and Student information, and Exam regulations
- Project week
An overview of the module will be explained, with special emphasis on the development of one’s personal digital portfolio. In order to gain the module credits, a further explanation of what is expected from the participant at the conclusion of the year will be set out.
This block sets out to introduce, and expand upon, the benefits of reflection as a means to gain critical personal insight into the choices we make in life. Various different methods will be introduced to ascertain personal preferences.
MOS will be fully explained as this will be a regular block feature.
Students are expected to study the relevant sections of the textbook as homework.
The Art of Reflection:
- Reflection: an introduction.
- PDP and reflection
- Why it’s important for you.
- Reflection as a challenge
- Reflection and PDP
- Why reflection is important
- The “reflective practitioner”
- What is reflection? > 8 steps to outline basic features
The Art of Reflection: types of structured reflection
- Question-based reflection > activity > Who does it suit > (example)
- Open reflection: brainstorming, discussion, networks, free writing……
- Synthetic reflection: Advantages, links and themes
- Development reflection
- Evaluative reflection
Block 3, 4, and 5
These blocks will look at the whole issue of approach to job application, and the importance of a personal development plan to meet that task.
Apart from the more concrete issues of cover letter development, we will also look at what employers are seeking, and investigate the ranges of competencies that may be available for students to use to their advantage.
Successful Job Application
- What do you want from first graduate job
- Choosing a job
- Employers and employability skills.
- Cover letters.
- Feedback to cover letter assignment
- Making the application
- Curriculum vitae
- Competence statements and language
- Preparing for interview
- Wittenborg’s templates for cover letter/cv
- Preparing for the interview
- In the interview
- After the interview
- Detailed review of topic main points
Evidence of competency in managing a difficult situation, working under pressure or to tight deadlines, and in equal opportunities.
Evidence of competency in problem solving, project/task management, and dealing with conflict.
Evidence of competency in leadership, persuading others, and negotiating a compromise.
Evidence of competency in working alone, in a team, and exercising responsibility.
Evidence of competency in managing change, taking calculated risks, and learning from own mistakes.
Evidence of competency in written communication skills, in oral communication skills, and further unexplored skills.
27 Lesson hours
8 Preparation Lesson hours
11 Assignments / Homework hours
20 Exam and exam preparation hours
18 Literature ( Depending on the length and difficulty of the book ) hours
The course uses 125 pages from the book(s) and journal articles where:
- 125 pages easy reading and understanding material – 18 hours
- Difficult reading and understanding material – 3 pages per hour
- Average reading and understanding material – 5 pages per hour
- Easy reading and understanding material – 7 pages per hour
Total 84 Hours
- Classroom lecturing
- Discussion sessions
- Feedback and presentation sessions
- Coaching and tutoring
- Skills for Success; Stella Cottrell, Palgrave Macmillan, ISBN-10: 1403911320 ; ISBN-13: 978-1403911322
- Personal Development for life and Work: Wallace & Masters (Thomson/South-western. ISBN: 978-0-538-44148-3)
Although there are six entry points for studying in an academic year, each student can begin with the Introduction and Chapter 1. Furthermore, each student must also chart his/her own progress within each topic area, and perform requirements as set out in the document PDP Requirements. This document is given to all students as part of an introduction session. Variations upon these
requirements are subject to change based on one to one meetings and consent from lecturer.
Students are expected to interact with the material, and upload all work into the portfolio. The lecturer for this module will act in a role of overseeing that students progress within PDP, and act as tutor to all issues that arise from interaction with the targeted objectives.
Highly important rules for PDP:
Attendance will play a critical part in final evaluation:
- If a student misses two lessons in any one block, then he/she may have to repeat that whole block – this will be assessed on a one-to-one basis.
- Students who fail to upload (as requested) their portfolios will be marked as absent