PDP1 Personal Development Plan and Tutoring

Module Name
Personal Development Plan and Tutoring
Module Code
1- 3 and 5 - 7
Daniel O'Connell
Email address
High School Diploma or final certificate, equivalent to the Netherlands HAVO Diploma
The key word for this whole module is “personal.” As an extension of that, each and every development of theme within the module will reflect a personal perspective that hopefully will lead to more rewarding perceptions that will clarify goals, directions, and choices whilst undertaking their academic studies. There are no correct/incorrect perspectives/answers involved in this module. There are themes/topics offered within the module, and students are encouraged to interact with these in order to stimulate personal insight and strategy that will contribute to their personal overall PDP program. This module will facilitate reflection on their choice of studies at school, and to appreciate the importance of developing personal goals, to develop planning strategies, and to provide them with opportunities to make personal choices to act upon in the pursuit of these goals. This is a course on how to make things happen on a personal level, an opportunity to evaluate and integrate short-range perspectives within an academic environment, with the long-range goal for successful transference into one’s professional life objectives. This module is different. Within PDP, students themselves must interact with the material chosen by the lecturer, enter into the process of evaluation, reflection, planning of actions, development of strategies to counter-balance challenges, and self-assessment to monitor progress, or lack of. The role of the lecturer, consequently, is to select and provide the material in which the students study, and furthermore, to monitor developments in the interaction between the students, the material, and the input into their portfolio. The lecturer will evaluate each digital portfolio, and tutor each individual accordingly. The lecturer will speak directly to the class for purposes of giving broader input regarding the topics, and if needed, to stimulate further interaction with the ideas, exercises of the selected material Students are expected to be pro-active, as opposed to simply being passive in the traditional sense that the lecturer speaks, and students listen. PDP’s core principle is personal development and progress towards the vision set by each student. Each topic within the course – Success, Problem-solving, People skills etc… - will hold different potential for each student. The success of this module lies within the choice of each student to interact, reflect upon, and plan upon the ideas offered within the material. The form to plot and develop this interaction will be in the shape of the portfolio, a digital portfolio. Each week students must upload all work as indicated by the module description. This work will be monitored weekly by the lecturer. There is a basic form that needs to be met in this portfolio and students are advised to review the attached Portfolio Requirements in the module description. The final product, hopefully, will reveal and enlighten each PDP participant – through the range of competencies that are present, or, at the very least, showing signs of development – the capabilities and potentials that are at hand to use in a professional, and personal, setting. The issue of pass or fail for PDP is really an issue of pass or delay. Those who pay attention to the requirements, who undergo the tasks required, who show commitment to developing their range of competencies, will happily and speedily reach the end with an appreciation of not only the credits, but of discovering new potentials and skills that will greatly enhance their own PDP.

On the successful completion of this module the student should be able to:

  • understand their development needs
  • analyze key factors of success
  • reflect on and assess their own strengths and weaknesses
  • make a plan of action
  • critically reflect on their learning experiences
  • identify and improve self-management skills
  • understand the strategies of problem-solving
  • have an awareness of interpersonal communication aspects

Block 1 Concept/Visions of success

  • Reflection on nature of success
  • Understand importance of personal vision to successful outcomes
  • Formulate personal definition of success, and of the future
  • Insight in personal motivation, inspiration, and values.

Block 2 Self-analysis

  • Consideration of impact from personal life story
  • Make use of personal experience
  • Management of setbacks and difficulties
  • Identification of conditions that suit learning and performance
  • Identify areas of expertise

Block 3 Self-management

  • Identify tools /resources for self-management
  • Importance of constructive attitude to success
  • Evaluate and develop emotional intelligence
  • Identify factors that prevent excellence

Block 5 Problem-solving

  • Develop techniques/approaches to problem solving
  • Develop confidence with tasks, problems, and projects
  • Processes involved in basic project management

Block 6 People skills

  • Building rapport with others
  • Being a better team member
  • Giving/receiving constructive criticism
  • Assertiveness, negotiation, leadership
  • Dealing with difficult people

Block 7 Bringing Portfolio together

  • One to one sessions and feedback
  • Evaluation of portfolio based on PDP Evaluation form
  • Putting portfolio together for final evaluation
  • Assessment.
Instruction / Study Load

27 Lesson hours

20 Preparation Lesson hours

50  Assignments / Homework hours

20 Exam and exam preparation hours

23 Literature ( Depending on the length and difficulty of the book ) hours

The course uses 161 pages from the book(s) and journal articles where:

  • 161 pages easy reading and understanding material – 23 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 140 Hours

IBA Final Qualification Mapping
Mapped with numbers 8, 10 and 17 See the EEG for further reference.
Teaching Language
Teaching Methods
  • Classroom lecturing
  • Discussion sessions
  • Feedback and presentation sessions
  • Coaching and tutoring
Module / Lecture and seminar status
Testing and assessment
Assignment / Report / Essay (2) PDP Portfolio (5) See the EEG for further reference.
European Credits
Required literature
  • Skills for Success; Stella Cottrell, Palgrave Macmillan, ISBN-10: 1403911320 ; ISBN-13: 978-1403911322

Due to the six entry points for studying in an academic year, each student will begin with block 1 material as set out in the module description. Furthermore, each student must also chart his/her own progress within each topic area, and perform all requirements as set out in the document PDP Requirements. This document is given to all students as part of an introduction session.

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 will have to repeat that whole block.
  • Students who fail to upload their portfolios will be marked as absent