Personal and Professional Practice 3 (SMS)

Module summary

Module code: BUSI1640
Level: 6
School: Business Faculty
Department: Systems Management and Strategy
Module Coordinator(s): Wenxian Sun



Develop students' awareness of their skills, knowledge and personal qualities in preparation for seeking appropriate graduate employment. Prepare students for their responsibilities and rights within the workplace. Increase students' employability by developing interpersonal and communication skills. Enhance skills for life-long learning and commitment to continuing professional development.

This is a none-credit bearing course which aims to not only refresh the studies of PPD1 and PPD2 but also provide with students who have no prior experience on Personal and Professional trainings a full pack of knowledge.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course a student will be able to:

1 Develop knowledge and understanding of employability and career management in the context of lifelong learning and continuing personal and professional development.
2 Create and present a unique, value-added personal brand statement and market this to potential employees in the graduate marketplace.
3 Critically reflect upon personal strengths and weaknesses and workplace contributions to the expectations of potential employers.4 Learn appropriate approaches to CV formulation, application letters, selection tests and selection interviews.
5 Apply recruitment and selection processes most commonly used by employers, relative to current and future conditions in the labour market, industry sectors, and overall economy.
6 Research and report trends in graduate employment and selected industries.

Indicative content

Self-assessment, including psychometric tests and personal SWOT analysis; Industry, job sector and job role analysis, including self-employment; Employer expectations: achieving a 'fit'; The job search process, including networking, social media, internships and volunteering; The application process, including CVs, online applications, letters of application, application forms; The selection process, including telephone and face-to-face interviews and assessment centers; Career Management, including self-development and continuing professional development.

Teaching and learning activity

Lectures and Tutorial activities, including interview and assessment center simulations; online activities, including self-assessment tools, tutor feedback and portfolio-building etc.


Method of assessment: Portfolio
Outcomes assessed: 1-6
Grading Mode: Pass or Fail
Weighting %: 100
Word Length: 2,500
Outline Details: Assessment includes self-assessment, industry analysis, CV, letter of application, reflections on assessment center activities, evidence of course participation and engagement in career management activities.