Professional Development | Abertay University

Professional Development


This module presents an opportunity for students on all PGT programmes to reflect on their current professional competencies and develop their professional skills and knowledge further to manage business processes more effectively, safely and in a sustainable manner.


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with : To reflect and develop existing professional skills and knowledge required to manage, contribute and develop process effectively, safely and in a sustainable manner related to their sector requirements and career ambitions.

Learning Outcomes

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

1.  Demonstrate autonomy in the selection and justification of skills for professional development related to their sector requirements and career ambitions.

2.  Defend the development plan adopted for identifying and prioritising skills and/or knowledge for professional development

Indicative Content

1 Teams and teamwork

Role of the project leader and making the difference as a project leader, effective decision making, solving complex problems, team development and leading people

2 Innovation

How do you create and how do you manage creativity with organisations

3 Project Planning

Planning and programming tools and techniques, cost estimation and cost control systems, Quality and Environmental Management systems. 

4 Social Media and marketing

Theory and practice of strategic marketing communication and the role of social media

5 Workplace Health and Safety

Duties and liabilities of employer and employees, purpose and role of health and safety risk assessments and method statements, ethical issues in managing health and safety.

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Lectures impart information, knowledge and appraisal techniques; tutorials, seminars, workshops and case studies facilitate their application. This module is delivered with the purpose of making it accessible to a wide range of students with varying expectations and professional disciplines therefore delivery is based on first principles rather than technical subject knowledge. Assessment will be based on reflective courseworks with the student selecting the most relevant sessions. This will be based on the students’ assessment of their own skills, development needs and related to their sector requirements and career ambition. The reflection will involve demonstrating an understanding of theory and its implication to professional practice. The class has an international and multidisciplinary dimension based on the typical participant profile and the global nature of the issues. Therefore the students will enhance their skills in; developing a broad understanding of the issues from a wide range of perspectives, cross disciplinary working and in communication of issues to a wide audience, particularly through discussions relating to 'open-ended' questions during seminars/tutorials.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 14
Tutorial/Seminar 16
Supervised Practical Activity 0
Unsupervised Practical Activity 34
Assessment 70
Independent 66

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.