SP0754 - Professional Practice

What will I learn on this module?

On SP07xx Professional Practice you will engage in activities that further your professional development, and enhance your employability as a Northumbria graduate. You will be challenged to apply the knowledge and skills you are learning on your degree programme to real-world contexts. You will select and complete a range of activities aimed at furthering your skills and experience as a practitioner. You will be challenged to develop your own philosophy of support, and to use reflective practice to help your continued professional development

How will I learn on this module?

You will develop an action plan of professional development activities to address your individual learning goals. These will include volunteer work in your discipline, where you will apply learnings from your degree to real-world contexts. You will also seek further non-formal, formal, and informal education opportunities, and will be challenged to reflect on your learning from these as part of the module. Alongside this independent pursuit, there will be a series of taught sessions (classroom based and online) where you will learn about the craft skills required for your professional environment.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Module information, assessment requirements and expectations, and important module announcements will be made through the eLP. Material to support your learning will be uploaded in advance of sessions. You will be provided with content verbally and guided through tasks during timetabled sessions. A dedicated assessment session will afford you the opportunity to ask assessment related questions in class. The Module Leader is there to support you with any queries that you may have about the module content, and all staff members provide tutorial time outside of class time. Module tutors will provide you with the necessary information on how to arrange a tutorial, and you will be assigned a professional development supervisor, who will support you in your learning through individual and small-group tutorials. Much of your learning will be informal and experiential in nature as you apply knowledge to real-world contexts; your supervisor will challenge you to use self-reflection skills to learn from these activities. You will have the opportunity to receive formative feedback on your development during the module, primarily during tutorials with your professional development supervisor. You will receive feedback on summative work to help you identify areas of strength and areas for development. There will be the opportunity to discuss your feedback with a member of staff during a tutorial. Further academic skills support is also available from the University Library services.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Display and critically apply expert knowledge and evidence to practice, and demonstrate a critical understanding of the strengths and limitations of this process

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
2. Critically analyse and reflect on your philosophy, knowledge, skills, experiences, and development as a practitioner and prospective master of science
3. Demonstrate a critical understanding of professional and ethical issues in practice

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
4. Demonstrate an ability to self-organise, manage, and reflect on your professional development and employability
5. Evidence your professional development through a range of CPD experiences

How will I be assessed?

1. Professional Development portfolio (3000 words, 50%, LO 1,2,3,4,5)

You will prepare a portfolio of work that documents and showcases your development activity over the year. As a minimum the portfolio should include:

- An explanation of your individual philosophy of support
- Evidence of your “philosophy in action” through a documentation of your development activities in a specific context (e.g. a case study of applied practice)
- A critical self-reflection on your activities and experiences, and your development as a practitioner
- A practice log detailing your delivery and CPD activities with evidence to demonstrate you have accrued the required 100 CPD points (not included in word count)

You may choose how you present this information (e.g. written, online) but should consider that this can be an evolving resource that might support future applications for accreditation and/or employment.

You will be given the opportunity to discuss your portfolio with your professional development supervisor before you submit for assessment.

2. Exit interview (50%, 30 min viva voce, LO 1, 2, 3)
You will be required to discuss your portfolio, and explain, defend, and justify your approach to practice and CPD in a 30-minute interview. The interview will probe your documented philosophy of support, your ethical responsibilities as a practitioner, and your application of evidence to practice. You will be required to critically self-reflect on your development, and will be challenged to identify your employability strengths and areas for improvement. It is anticipated this assessment will serve as useful preparation for future graduate job interviews





Module abstract

The Professional Practice module will enable you to gain real-world experience in your profession, applying the knowledge and skills learned on your degree programme to different professional contexts. You will take control of your own professional development, and seek out formal, non-formal, and informal learning opportunities to help you pursue the areas you want to learn. You will be supported by an academic tutor, who will help you find valuable experiences, and will work with you to use self-reflection to learn from your experiences. The experiences you will have on this module will help you present yourself as a well-rounded, employable graduate, and you will develop lifelong learning skills around time management, independent learning, problem-solving and self-reflection which will enhance your ability as a lifelong learner.

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 2 years, part-time
2 other options available

Department Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

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Full time Courses starting in 2023 are primarily delivered via on-campus face to face learning but may include elements of online learning. We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

Contact time is subject to increase or decrease in line with additional restrictions imposed by the government or the University in the interest of maintaining the health and safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and visitors, potentially to a full online offer, should further restrictions be deemed necessary in future. Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.


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