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Module Title LC Personal, Professional and Academic Development
SchoolBirmingham Business School
Department Birmingham Business School
Module Code 07 28830
Module Lead Geraint Harvey and Scott Taylor
Level Certificate Level
Credits 10
Semester Semester 1
Restrictions None
Contact Hours Guided independent study-78 hours
Supervised time in studio/workshop-1 hours
Practical Classes and workshops-3 hours
Lecture-18 hours
Total: 100 hours
Description The focus in this module is on developing the critical thinking and practical skills necessary for undergraduate study, (possible) work placement and graduate careers in the field of business and management. The module will introduce students to the efficient use of the library and bibliographic sources (including online databases); the importance of good referencing; the dangers of plagiarism as well as the principles of good essay writing, specifically exploring how to write a literature review. Students will be required to take a class test (developed using gamification methods) to assess their ability to use the library catalogue, including searching for and finding specific sources and appropriately referencing them (25% assessment weighting). They will also be required to write a 1500 word literature review (75% weighting) and reflective analysis of their experiences working in their Business Idea Group (BIG). BIG’s are set up (and compulsory) for students taking part in the Developing an Entrepreneurial Opportunity (DEO) module. They comprise of between 4 and 6 students who work together to develop a business idea. DEO is also a first year, first semester module. Linking the experience gained working in BIG’s to a theoretical examination of small group working offers efficiency and leverages learning opportunities for students. The DEO module offers students a practical problem to solve but does not explicitly support student’s experiential learning through this process. The literature review and reflective essay that forms part of the proposed Personal, Professional and Academic Development (PPAD) module offers such theoretical support for the experiential learning undertaken during the DEO module.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module students should be able to:
  • Define critical thinking and practice critique of the academic work of others and selves;
  • engage in independejt academic study to produce a basic literature review. prepare and carry out effective research and data collection from various academic sources. .
Assessment 28830-04 : Peer Review : Coursework (30%)
28830-05 : Peer Review Feedback : Coursework (20%)
28830-06 : Reflective Essay : Coursework (50%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Assessment: individual literature review (1500 words) graded by a peer (with students working in pairs) comprising 30 percent, feedback for the literature review (500 words) comprising 20 percent and a reflective assessment 1000 words comprisiing 50 percent.
Other None
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