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Title:Prof. Development & Comm.
Long Title:Professional Development & Communication
Module Code:CMOD8001
 
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Advanced
Field of Study: Common Module
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2020/21 ( September 2020 )
Module Delivered in 3 programme(s)
Next Review Date: September 2024
Module Coordinator: Donagh OMahony
Module Author: Eileen OLeary
Module Description: This module introduces the student to effective communication, self-awareness, teamwork and personal and professional development, forming the foundation for a reflective, flexible, adaptable, self-motivated, independent practitioner. Students will plan and design strategies to secure placement and future employment along with developing a professional CV and social media profile.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Describe and apply the principles of open, inclusive and effective communications. Create and present comprehensive written documents/disquisitions. Deliver and critique oral & poster presentations face to face and on-line.
LO2 Explain and design codes of behaviour that embed ethical practices in different organisational settings.
LO3 Discuss & debate approaches to conflict management, reflect on personal experiences on causes of and resolutions to conflict.
LO4 Discuss the value of and demonstrate effective engagement in interdisciplinary and multicultural teams. Reflect on and explore personality types, understand the role of personality types in team-work, reflecting on own role and experience in team-based exercises.
LO5 Explore unconscious bias and reflect on its role on previous personal experiences. Identify lessons learned and changes that could be implemented to reduce these bias’s into the future
LO6 Recognise the value of personal and professional development and networking and reflect this through the creation of a professional CV, a professional social media profile and a networking strategy specific to your goals. Display self-motivation and show evidence of varied and innovative approaches and plans to securing work-placement/project and future employment
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named MTU module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed
Requirements

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed
 

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Introduction to Communication
Defining Communication, Communication Models, Methods of organisational communication (networks, written communication, meetings, presentations, technology (online meetings and media), cultural difference, etc.) decision making, consensus.
Self-Expression
Critical Thinking (Defining the question, collecting information, Analysis, etc) Process Approach, Design of Experiments, Black Box investigation, Making Sound Arguments, Deductive and Inductive reasoning, Fallacies of Logical, Recognising and avoiding common biases, argument types, role play, case studies
Human Behaviour and Team Dynamics
Delegation, influence, persuasion, building rapport, negotiation skills, non-verbal communication, defining and overcoming barriers to effective communication, conflict resolution, self-regulation. Introduction to Ethics (duty based, rights based, utilitarian, Aristotelian/virtue ethics). Ethics in the work place: core values, codes of behaviour, responsibility, accountability, recognising and dealing with ethical dilemmas. Team Theories, team types, management and strategies, behaviour in teams (creating a positive environment).
Professional Communication
Academic writing: structure and sequence (reports, essays, projects, SOPs, synopsis, etc), reading critically. Presentations (creating content, structure, telling a story, design, effective delivery, involving audience, answering questions). Understanding concepts: Mind mapping, Socratic enquiry, Concept diagrams, 5 whys etc.
Personal & Professional Development
Preparing resume, develop professional social media profile, interview techniques, competency-based interviews, networking strategies, goal setting, job searching, understanding job advertisements, understanding the recruitment process.
Emotional Intelligence
Self-awareness, awareness of others and empathy. Avoiding assumptions, inspiring and fostering respect. Awareness of unconscious bias, strategies to minimise unconscious bias, role UB plays in professional development.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Create an e-portfolio with assigned tasks to show skills development, to include design of and engagement in role plays, creation of a CV, a professional Social Media Profile and a Networking Strategy, a plan and evidence of varied and innovative strategies to secure work-placement and future employment. 1,2,3,4,5,6 70.0 Every Week
Other Engagement with online and in-class quizzes 1,2,3,4,5,6 15.0 Every Week
Presentation Team based presentation 1 15.0 Week 10
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment

 

Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Theory, interactive lecture exercises 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Tutorial Debate, discussion, team based exercises 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Directed Learning Preparation of resume, media profile, completion of e-portfolio, lecture directed and self-directed study 5.0 Every Week 5.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Theory, interactive exercises 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Tutorial Debate, discussion, team based exercises 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Preparation of resume, media profile, completion of e-portfolio, lecture directed and self-directed study 5.0 Every Week 5.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.00
 

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Goree K. and Bredesen, D. 2011, Ethics in the Workplace, 3rd Ed., South-Western Educational Pub [ISBN: 978-0-538-497]
  • Means, T. 2018, Business Communication, CENGAGE Learning Custom Pub [ISBN: 1337403903]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Loundes, D. and Carniege, L. 2019, Communication in the Workplace, Independent Pub [ISBN: 978-169542350]
  • Biasucci, C. and Prentice, R. 2020, Behaviour Ethics in Practice: Why we Sometimes Make the Wrong Decisions, 1st Ed., Routledge U.K. [ISBN: 978-036734165]
  • O’Loughlin, E. 2009, An Introduction to Business Systems Analysis: Problem Solving Techniques and Strategies, Independent Pub. [ISBN: 978-173155787]
  • Clark, T. 2017, Business Models for Teams, Portfolio, UK [ISBN: 978-073521335]
Recommended Article/Paper Resources
Supplementary Article/Paper Resources
Other Resources
 

Module Delivered in

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