Module title: Professional development and experiential learning

SCQF level: 08:
SCQF credit value: 40.00
ECTS credit value: 20

Module code: SES08109
Module leader: Tom Campbell
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Sport Science & Health


2020/1, Trimester 1, ONLINE,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: ONLINE
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Tom Campbell
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
This module combines practical experiential learning with online course content. The online material is delivered in a series of units which include introductory videos, directed activities, readings and self-assessment questions. Students will undertake a series of directed tasks which lead to the development of an evidence based proposal for their experiential learning experience, including the creation of an individual learning agreement. During their experiential learning students are required to develop an electronic portfolio to evidence and reflect upon their experience and learning. Students will also be expected to contribute to online discussions throughout the module.

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment is provided throughout the module in a variety of ways. Each unit of online learning contains a series of self-assessment questions allowing students to test their understanding of key concepts. Formative feedback will be provided to all students in relation to the development of their targeted curriculum vitae. Additionally, feedback will be provided upon students’ contributions to online discussions throughout the module.

Summative Assessment:
There are two components to the summative assessment: an evidence-based proposal and an electronic portfolio. The proposal requires students to undertake a series of directed tasks which lead up to the development of individual learning outcomes for their practical experiential learning. The portfolio requires students to produce a journal to detail the extent of their experiential learning and a reflection upon the extent to which this enabled them to achieve the outcomes of their learning objectives and additional developmental needs.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Other Work based learning 100
Independent Learning Guided independent study 280
Online Guided independent study 100
Total Study Hours480
Expected Total Study Hours for Module480

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 50 1,2,3,4 14 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 4000
Portfolio 50 5,6 30 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 4000
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

This module will provide students with the opportunity to enhance their employability through the development of appropriate skills and knowledge. Reflection is fundamental to this process and students will firstly be introduced to various theoretical models of reflection before applying these to evaluate their existing skills and experience. Through a series of directed tasks, students will identify potential areas for individual development in relation to their anticipated career destination. This will require students to undertake a skills gap analysis, develop a targeted curriculum CV and create an individual learning agreement. The module will also require students to consider the role of professional development within sport and employment more generally.

The practical element of the module requires students to undertake the equivalent of 100 hours of experiential learning. The specific nature of this experiential learning is flexible to account for individual development needs although a clear rationale must be detailed within the proposal. Where appropriate, students may elect to undertake professional qualifications, e.g. UKCC Level 2 coaching qualifications as part of the module with the period of supported practice contributing towards the 100 hours of experiential learning. Students will be required to produce a portfolio to evidence the extent of their development and experiential learning and to reflect upon their new knowledge and skills using an appropriate theoretical model.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: Undertake an individual skills gap analysis
LO2: Identify the professional development opportunities currently available within your specific sport or area of interest.
LO3: Create a targeted curriculum vitae
LO4: Develop a learning agreement aligned to individual developmental needs.
LO5: Demonstrate ability to reflect upon both existing and new skills and experiences using an appropriate theoretical model
LO6: Produce a portfolio of evidence to meet the outcomes agreed in the learning agreement.

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