Course Information Undergraduate prospectus

Personal and Professional Development 1 (IBE)

Course summary

Course code: ECON1092
Level: 4
Credits: 15
School: Business Faculty
Department: International Bus and Economics
Course Coordinator(s): Hanna Yakavenka



· to expose students to the processes, various study methods and systems supporting learning within the University
· support students in mastering the Harvard Date Author academic referencing system; techniques for presentations; formats for writing essays and formal reports;
· develop the critical thinking skills necessary to design, plan and implement research;
· equip students with the relevant skills and tools required to conduct variety of projects autonomously to a required standard
· expose students to working independently and in groups
· assist students in identifying their personal strengths and weaknesses in relation to their degree programme and the expectations of potential employers
· increase your employability by developing personal, communication and career management skills
· make students aware of appropriate actions they should take to enhance their personal qualities and competence in relation to their life and their career.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course a student will be able to:
1. identify their personal strengths and weaknesses in relation to the expectations of potential employers
2. develop the ability to identify appropriate actions they might take to enhance their personal qualities and competences in relation to their life and their career
3. develop skills which will increase their ability to offer employers value in employment
4. develop the ability to work independently and in groups
5. constructively reflect on their experiences within their degree course and life outside university.
6. plan, organise and structure work that is coherent, fluent and grammatically accurate
7. use the Harvard referencing system for all academic work; verbal and written reasoning and fluency, able to propose and support an argument.
8. execute effective audio/visual presentations for a variety of purposes
9. interpret material in an original and evaluative way and use synthesis to form links between concepts and theories producing a coherent argument.

Indicative content

1. Introduction to academic life
2. Assessing skills and abilities
3. Goal setting
4. Reflective writing
5. Academic writing; Harvard referencing, Plagiarism
6. Academic writing; Paraphrasing, summarising
7. Planning and delivering presentation
8. Employability: How to market yourself
9. Employability: CV writing; Employability passport; LinkedIn
10. Data handling and critical review
11. Public speaking
12. Income Inequality
13. Sustainability & Wellbeing
14. Multinational Enterprises
15. Entrepreneurship

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 meeting with their personal tutor throughout the academic year. Students will also be able to practise Harvard referencing in MyWritingLab.
Learning Time (1 credit = 10 hours)


Portfolio 1: 50% weighting. 2,000 words.
Reflective report one goals setting, employability activity and presentation Linked in profile.
L.O. 1,2,3,4,5,6,8

Portfolio 2: 50% weighting. 2,500 words.
Thematic Report - Critical reading and writing: a specific area in economics / business
Set of test in MyWritingLab
CV/Covering Letter
L.O. 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,9

Pass mark 40%