Professional Practice Top-up award BA Hons

Course length:  1 year full-time 1.5-2 years part-time

Overview

The BA (Honours) Professional Practice is a top-up degree designed for those wishing to advance their professional practice in the workplace.

The course will encourage professionals from a range of settings to define their personal philosophy and to refine their professional practice by engaging in critical and analytical reflection. Students will enhance their understanding of theory by engaging in individual and collaborative research activities. They will be provided with opportunities to relate theory to practice and to evaluate their capacity to embrace and facilitate change in the workplace. Students will be equipped with the skills required to make a significant impact on their own workplace practices and to positively influence those of others.

 

Entry requirements

Entry requirements are flexible and recognise a range of academic qualifications (with normally a Level 5 qualification required), as well as relevant work experience.

Attendance (2017-18)
Full time: Tuesday 1-8pm
Part time: Tuesday 5-8pm

Fees

Course fees 2017/18*


Full-time Home/EU students:  £9,250* 
(total course fee)

Part-time Home/EU students £9,250*
(total course fee)

For students who have completed a Foundation Degree at Newman:  £6,450 (part time*).  

N.B. As the part-time course is three semesters (dissertation is done the following academic year), the full £6,450 is paid in year 1, then no fees are paid in the following year

* 2018/19 tuition fees may rise in line with inflation.

Finance information.

Full-time course modules


Year 1 modules


DISSERTATION


MODULE TITLE : DISSERTATION

MODULE CODE : PPU601


MODULE SUMMARY :

In this double module we invite students to select an educational topic of personal interest to be explored through field research in real educational settings and reported in a written study of some 10,000 words.  The dissertation is designed to enable students to investigate educational phenomena that hold particular interest for in them and actively encourages the exercise of originality and personal autonomy. The module aims to draw and build upon students' previous knowledge and experience.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 28.00
Independent : 344.00
Placement :
Total :  372.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to:

 

  • Enable students to identify a research problem or articulate a research question/hypothesis

  • Enable students to acquire and apply a breadth of knowledge about the issue or phenomena in which they are engaged

  • Enable students to select appropriate research methods in relation to identified research purposes and justify their employment

  • To support students in the development, revision and refinement of their research design

  • Promote effective autonomous practice in the organisation and management of  small-scale field research in settings

  • Promote the coherent structuring, sequencing and presentation of reported research

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

 

  1. Demonstrate a breadth of knowledge and understanding of their chosen area of research

  2. Understand the basic principles of effective research design and locate appropriate research methods in relation to their chosen area of study

  3. Identify a research problem or articulate a research question/hypothesis and design an appropriate small scale investigation in consultation with their appointed supervisor

  4. Work autonomously in the management of a small scale investigation and present a coherent written study that details the choice of field of study, methodology, data analysis and findings

  5. Manage, structure and present information coherently, using a form and style of writing and presentation appropriate to the field of Education Studies, and use ICT appropriately for the interrogation, exchange and presentation of information

  6. Develop their capacity for critical reflection and questioning

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - % Presentation of Research Proposal (10 minutes)

Component 2 - % Presentation of Field Research in Progress (10 minutes)

Component 3 - 100% Study (10,000 words)

RESEARCH METHODS


MODULE TITLE : RESEARCH METHODS

MODULE CODE : PPU602


MODULE SUMMARY :

This module aims to equip students with key knowledge, understanding and skills to enable students to engage with research at undergraduate dissertation level.  Students will be introduced to knowledge and skills necessary to understand literature evaluation, research design, data and information collection techniques, data analysis and interpretation and academic writing.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 28.00
Independent : 172.00
Placement :
Total :  200.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

  • Equip students with knowledge and understanding of a range of research methods

  • Enable students to identify and analyse some of the major methodological debates, traditions and paradigms in research and ways in which these influence selection of areas of investigation, research design, the research process, data analysis and interpretation

  • Equip students to analyse research problems and reflect on questions of personal and professional educational interest through shared discussion

  • Equip students with the skills for academic search skills

  • Equip students to be able to critically analyse academic literature and to be able to write a literature review.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of research terminology

  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the relevance of research to the development of policy and practice within their field

  3. Critically evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of a variety of research design

  4. Critically evaluate research studies relevant to an area of interest

  5. Critically examine different types of research design

  6. Critically examine ethical issues in research 

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 100% Portfolio (3000 words equivalent)

PROFESSIONAL REFLECTION AND INTELLECTUAL ENQUIRY


MODULE TITLE : PROFESSIONAL REFLECTION AND INTELLECTUAL ENQUIRY

MODULE CODE : PPU603


MODULE SUMMARY :

 

This module focuses on personal development as a professional in the workplace. To help analyse issues surrounding professional enquiry students will be introduced to a range of theoretical  

positions including reflection, biographical approaches and life history in order to critically investigate professional experience and identity.

 

 

 

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 28.00
Independent : 160.00
Placement :
Total :  188.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to:

 

  • Enable students to critically reflect on their own personal and professional development;

  • Support students to clarify their own personal philosophy within the work place context;

  • Develop students’ knowledge and understanding of critical self-reflective processes and models;

  • Develop student’s ability to engage with theory to actively self-evaluate their own professional practice for potential future action.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

This module aims to:

 

  • Enable students to critically reflect on their own personal and professional development;

  • Support students to clarify their own personal philosophy within the work place context;

  • Develop students’ knowledge and understanding of critical self-reflective processes and models;

  • Develop student’s ability to engage with theory to actively self-evaluate their own professional practice for potential future action.

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 100% Reflective Evaluation (3000 words)

PROFESSIONAL LEADERSHIP AND CHANGE


MODULE TITLE : PROFESSIONAL LEADERSHIP AND CHANGE

MODULE CODE : PPU604


MODULE SUMMARY :

This module provides students with the opportunity to gain a reflective understanding of the current issues around leadership, with a particular focus on the management of change. This will involve developing a range of skills, knowledge and understanding concerned with team membership, management and leadership as well as pertinent theories to support becoming an effective leader. Theoretical perspectives and research on leadership and management will be presented and analysed in order to increase students’ understanding and appreciation of the roles and values of professionals from a range of backgrounds. Students will also participate in activities that will enable them to learn from their own and others’ experience of leadership and management in practice in order to develop their own leadership and management strengths.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 28.00
Independent : 160.00
Placement :
Total :  188.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to:

 

  • Enable students to identify and analyse the qualities of effective leaders and managers in relation to themselves and to other stakeholders;

  • Develop an in-depth knowledge and critical understanding of the current issues around leadership and management.

  • Develop an understanding of the processes involved in the management of change in a variety of contexts;

  • Analyse and reflect on theories and models related to the management of change;

  • Develop a range of skills, knowledge, and understanding about team membership, management and leadership.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

 

  1. Understand and apply theories, concepts, principles and values relating to leadership and management; 

  2. Demonstrate an understanding and critically evaluate models of leadership and management;

  3. Analyse and critique theories, research, policy and practice in relating to leadership and management;

  4. Undertake a critical analysis of their role and the role of others in a professional context.

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 30% 10 minute presentation (1000 word equivalent)

Component 2 - 70% Evaluative Report (2000 words)

APPLIED PSYCHOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES


MODULE TITLE : APPLIED PSYCHOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES

MODULE CODE : PPU605


MODULE SUMMARY :

This module examines key ways in which psychology contributes to understanding both individual and organisational aspects of professional practice. Individual, group and societal processes will be critically considered, as a basis for supporting professional development, interventions and decision making more generally. The module emphasises the ways in which a professional identity emerges interactively as a ‘psychological object’ and ways our subjective mental states and larger dynamic processes shape and challenge these processes. Space will be given to divergent approaches to problem solving, acceptance and optimising professional performance. Conflict between different psychological stances (including rival theoretical models) will be highlighted to support critical engagement with the topic. Intrapersonal and relational approaches will be included.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 28.00
Independent : 160.00
Placement :
Total :  188.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to:

 

  • Develop students’ knowledge and critical understanding of psychological processes, that occur at both an individual and organisational level, within professional practice;

  • Enable students’ to understand how to strategically support personal and professional development within the work place

  • Enable students to develop a professional identity and contribute to organisational identity and culture from a psychological perspective

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

 

  1. Demonstrate a critical and nuanced understanding of key psychological perspectives and how these apply in the work place;

  2. Analyse and critically evaluate the ways in which professional practice is shaped through different psychological dynamics

  3. Demonstrate the ability to make informed decisions and judgements within a professional context.

  4. Demonstrate the ability to engage in effective problem solving

 

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 100% Essay (3000 words)

Part-time course modules


Year 1 modules


RESEARCH METHODS

MODULE TITLE : RESEARCH METHODS

MODULE CODE : PPU602


MODULE SUMMARY :

This module aims to equip students with key knowledge, understanding and skills to enable students to engage with research at undergraduate dissertation level.  Students will be introduced to knowledge and skills necessary to understand literature evaluation, research design, data and information collection techniques, data analysis and interpretation and academic writing.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 28.00
Independent : 172.00
Placement :
Total :  200.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

  • Equip students with knowledge and understanding of a range of research methods

  • Enable students to identify and analyse some of the major methodological debates, traditions and paradigms in research and ways in which these influence selection of areas of investigation, research design, the research process, data analysis and interpretation

  • Equip students to analyse research problems and reflect on questions of personal and professional educational interest through shared discussion

  • Equip students with the skills for academic search skills

  • Equip students to be able to critically analyse academic literature and to be able to write a literature review.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of research terminology

  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the relevance of research to the development of policy and practice within their field

  3. Critically evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of a variety of research design

  4. Critically evaluate research studies relevant to an area of interest

  5. Critically examine different types of research design

  6. Critically examine ethical issues in research 

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 100% Portfolio (3000 words equivalent)

PROFESSIONAL REFLECTION AND INTELLECTUAL ENQUIRY

MODULE TITLE : PROFESSIONAL REFLECTION AND INTELLECTUAL ENQUIRY

MODULE CODE : PPU603


MODULE SUMMARY :

 

This module focuses on personal development as a professional in the workplace. To help analyse issues surrounding professional enquiry students will be introduced to a range of theoretical  

positions including reflection, biographical approaches and life history in order to critically investigate professional experience and identity.

 

 

 

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 28.00
Independent : 160.00
Placement :
Total :  188.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to:

 

  • Enable students to critically reflect on their own personal and professional development;

  • Support students to clarify their own personal philosophy within the work place context;

  • Develop students’ knowledge and understanding of critical self-reflective processes and models;

  • Develop student’s ability to engage with theory to actively self-evaluate their own professional practice for potential future action.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

This module aims to:

 

  • Enable students to critically reflect on their own personal and professional development;

  • Support students to clarify their own personal philosophy within the work place context;

  • Develop students’ knowledge and understanding of critical self-reflective processes and models;

  • Develop student’s ability to engage with theory to actively self-evaluate their own professional practice for potential future action.

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 100% Reflective Evaluation (3000 words)

PROFESSIONAL LEADERSHIP AND CHANGE

MODULE TITLE : PROFESSIONAL LEADERSHIP AND CHANGE

MODULE CODE : PPU604


MODULE SUMMARY :

This module provides students with the opportunity to gain a reflective understanding of the current issues around leadership, with a particular focus on the management of change. This will involve developing a range of skills, knowledge and understanding concerned with team membership, management and leadership as well as pertinent theories to support becoming an effective leader. Theoretical perspectives and research on leadership and management will be presented and analysed in order to increase students’ understanding and appreciation of the roles and values of professionals from a range of backgrounds. Students will also participate in activities that will enable them to learn from their own and others’ experience of leadership and management in practice in order to develop their own leadership and management strengths.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 28.00
Independent : 160.00
Placement :
Total :  188.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to:

 

  • Enable students to identify and analyse the qualities of effective leaders and managers in relation to themselves and to other stakeholders;

  • Develop an in-depth knowledge and critical understanding of the current issues around leadership and management.

  • Develop an understanding of the processes involved in the management of change in a variety of contexts;

  • Analyse and reflect on theories and models related to the management of change;

  • Develop a range of skills, knowledge, and understanding about team membership, management and leadership.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

 

  1. Understand and apply theories, concepts, principles and values relating to leadership and management; 

  2. Demonstrate an understanding and critically evaluate models of leadership and management;

  3. Analyse and critique theories, research, policy and practice in relating to leadership and management;

  4. Undertake a critical analysis of their role and the role of others in a professional context.

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 30% 10 minute presentation (1000 word equivalent)

Component 2 - 70% Evaluative Report (2000 words)

APPLIED PSYCHOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES

MODULE TITLE : APPLIED PSYCHOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES

MODULE CODE : PPU605


MODULE SUMMARY :

This module examines key ways in which psychology contributes to understanding both individual and organisational aspects of professional practice. Individual, group and societal processes will be critically considered, as a basis for supporting professional development, interventions and decision making more generally. The module emphasises the ways in which a professional identity emerges interactively as a ‘psychological object’ and ways our subjective mental states and larger dynamic processes shape and challenge these processes. Space will be given to divergent approaches to problem solving, acceptance and optimising professional performance. Conflict between different psychological stances (including rival theoretical models) will be highlighted to support critical engagement with the topic. Intrapersonal and relational approaches will be included.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 28.00
Independent : 160.00
Placement :
Total :  188.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to:

 

  • Develop students’ knowledge and critical understanding of psychological processes, that occur at both an individual and organisational level, within professional practice;

  • Enable students’ to understand how to strategically support personal and professional development within the work place

  • Enable students to develop a professional identity and contribute to organisational identity and culture from a psychological perspective

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

 

  1. Demonstrate a critical and nuanced understanding of key psychological perspectives and how these apply in the work place;

  2. Analyse and critically evaluate the ways in which professional practice is shaped through different psychological dynamics

  3. Demonstrate the ability to make informed decisions and judgements within a professional context.

  4. Demonstrate the ability to engage in effective problem solving

 

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 100% Essay (3000 words)

Course code

Full-time course X300 apply via UCAS

Part-time course apply direct to Newman - Application form

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