Course Information Undergraduate prospectus

Personal and Professional Development 1 (Business)

Course summary

Course code: BUSI1204
Level: 4
Credits: 15
School: Business Faculty
Department: Systems Management and Strategy
Course Coordinator(s): Nikolaos Thomopoulos



PPD1 incorporates the process of Personal Development Planning (PDP), which is defined as: 'a structured and supported process undertaken by an individual to reflect upon their own learning, performance and /or achievement to plan for their personal, educational and career development' (Dearing Report, 1997). Employers increasingly look for graduates who show high levels of competence in communication, flexibility, problem solving, self-management, self-confidence, team work and the ability to learn effectively.
The course, Personal and Professional Development 1 (PPD1) provides undergraduate students with opportunities to develop skills and competencies that will enhance their academic studies and future employability prospects, under the guidance of their personal tutor. Students will reflect upon their own learning experiences, performance and achievement to assist with planning for their personal, education and career development.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course a student will be able to:
1 recognise and discuss one’s own academic strengths and weaknesses
2 identify personal / academic goals and evaluate progress towards their achievement
3 identify opportunities for learning / personal development outside the curriculum
4 become a more confident, independent and reflective self-directed learner
5 understand how one learns and relates learning to a wider context

Indicative content

1. Introduction to academic life 2. Assessing skills and abilities - Personal SWOT 3. SMART Goal setting 4. Reflective learning and writing 5. Academic writing; Harvard referencing, Plagiarism 6. Academic writing; Paraphrasing, summarising 7. Planning and delivering presentations 8. Employability: How to market yourself 9. Employability: CV writing; Greenwich Employability Passport; LinkedIn 10. Placement information and presentations 11. Critical thinking and debating

Teaching and learning activity

The course will be delivered through weekly tutorials by a mixture of tutor-led and student-centred activities. Self-development will be facilitated through reflective learning based on specified experiential scenarios. Students are also required to attend one to one meetings with their personal tutor throughout the academic year. Students will also be able to practise Harvard referencing in MyWritingLab.


Method of assessment: Portfolio 1
Outcomes assessed: n/a
Weighting %:50
Pass Mark: 40
Outline Details: • Greenwich Employability Passport • SMART/SWOT presentation • Employability and Transferrable Skills report (1700 words)

Method of assessment: Portfolio 2
Outcomes assessed: n/a
Weighting %:50
Pass Mark: 40
Outline Details: • Greenwich Employability Passport • MyWritingLab tests • Online job application • Thematic report (2500 words)

Nature of FORMATIVE assessment supporting student learning: Create and use e-mail signature; find and cite journal articles and academic books; write a short text about subject specific topic; register for employability events.