Professional Development For Placement | Abertay University

Professional Development For Placement


This module is aimed at preparing the student for the Placement period and to develop realistic expectations to their individual placement setting


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with an opportunity to reflect on their current professional competencies and develop their professional skills and knowledge further. It also provides the student with an understanding of the world of work and to further appreciate the interrelationships between the service user, the professional and the organisation.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Develop autonomy in prioritising areas of own learning specific to subject area

2.  Analyse organisational culture, leadership and teamwork

3.  Examine the professional values involved in the employee, employer relationship

4.  Develop employability by different methods including interview and presentation techniques and evidence of achievements

5.  Plan to undertake a 10 week placement within a relevant organisation

Indicative Content

1 Briefing sessions

Issues re: induction, confidentiality, Health and Safety, realistic expectations and assessment.Prior to start of placement the student, employer and placement tutor will agree task(s) involved in the learning opportunities to be developed and expected outcomes.

2 Learning Objectives

Identify and justify own learning objectives prior to undertaking placement

3 Professional Issues

Leadership styles and self-evaluation models for reflection; Team roles and Belbin team role theory; organisational cultures in the food and drink sector

4 CV Writing and Interview Skills and Techniques

5 Development of reflective learning techniques

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Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

This module is designed to prepare the student for the placement experience.. Students will take part in interactive tutorials and will work in small groups to discuss issues around the placement experience and to develop realistic expectations specific to their individual placement settings. Students will recognise that whilst on placement they have to be flexible collaborators whilst reflecting on their own learning and progression in terms of knowledge, competence in practical skills and experience. At this stage students are expected to be motivated self-learners using the SMART model for setting their individual placement learning objectives based on sound personal judgement and reflection. Assessment comprises a placement preparation portfolio. Students will have an opportunity to obtain feedback on Learning Objectives and feed forward will be given during the structured feedback week

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 12
Tutorial/Seminar 12
Supervised Practical Activity 0
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 50
Independent 126

Guidance notes

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2018/19 , and may be subject to change for future years.