Personal and Professional Development

Module summary

Module code: BUSI1204
Level: 4
Credits: 15
School: Business Faculty
Department: Systems Management and Strategy
Module Coordinator(s): Liting Tan



This module helps students develop as independent and self-directed learners. It supports students’ transitions into university life by developing their academic skills and by increasing their understanding of their own well-being. Further, it introduces essential employability skills.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this Module a student will be able to:
1. Plan, organise and structure academic and reflective work.
2. Develop written and verbal communications that are well-argued, coherent, accurate, grammatically sound and correctly referenced.
3. Identify personal strengths and weaknesses, and develop responsive strategies using opportunities and support at university (e.g. including entrepreneurial competitions, GEP, PG study, student societies and welfare resources).
4. Develop soft skills to enhance employability.

Indicative content

• Introduction to academic life
• Assessing skills and abilities personal SWOT
• SMART Goal setting
• Critical thinking
• Reflective learning and writing
• Academic writing; Harvard referencing, Plagiarism, Paraphrasing, summarising
• Planning and delivering presentation
• Wellbeing
• Employability: How to market yourself, Employability: CV writing; Employability passport; LinkedIn,
• Employability: work experience, internship, placement and entrepreneurial awareness
• Programme contextualised issues.

Teaching and learning activity

The Module will be delivered through weekly tutorials by a mixture of tutored and student centred activities. Self-development will be facilitated through reflective learning based on specified experiential scenarios. Students will be able to practise Harvard referencing in MyWritingLab.


Online Test: 20% weighting, 40% pass mark.
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2.
Outline Details: MyWritingLabOnline Quizzes (3 quizzes/test)s.

Portfolio: 80% weighting, 40% pass mark.
Learning Outcomes: 1, 3, 4.
Word Length: 1800 words.
Outline Details: • Job application (weighting 25%) • Reflective report on employability activity (weighting 50%) • Program specific task (weighting 25%).