HR9514 - Progressing Professional Practice

What will I learn on this module?

Your learning journey in this module will consist of a combination of tutor-led and learner-led session activities.
Tutor-led research-informed seminar sessions will facilitate learner-led activities to extend your knowledge of the graduate labour market. Topic areas will include an evaluation of graduate labour market statistics, challenges and opportunities for Business and HRM graduates, theoretical perspectives and models of employability.
Learner-led activities will further develop your awareness of your own personal skills and attributes and identification of areas for further development with the context of your individual career plan for your graduate employment, enterprise or entrepreneurial activity, with an emphasis on positioning your graduate identity.

How will I learn on this module?

Your learning is supported through tutor-led and learner-led session activities which will included tutor-directed and self-directed independent study.
Tutor-led research-informed sessions will help you to develop your conceptual and theoretical understanding of the topic areas. A collaborative, learner-led, tutor-guided problem-based learning approach will support your application of these concepts and theories within your own management sub-discipline area.
Your learning is also supported by appropriate learning technologies that include extensive and carefully curated learning resources to enable your self-directed learning.
Your independent self-directed learning will involve you self-identifying learning activities, such as further academic reading and online learning resources, to gain a deeper and broader knowledge of the graduate labour market and the importance of constructing your graduate future.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

The learner-led, tutor-guided activities are organised in groups of around 20-30 learners working in smaller teams. This approach provides a closer, more personal academic support.
Academics will support you through the led sessions and in planning the types of activities you should be engaging in during your independent study time. They are also available upon request to support you outside of formal session time by responding to questions or concerns that you might have either via email or via individually pre-arranged appointments and/or drop-in sessions.
Academic support is also provided through the provision of a range of University learning support services. A wide range of online support materials is also available thought the virtual learning environment. These materials include recordings, webcasts, pre-recorded sessions, key academic skills, also an electronic reading list including RSS feeds that showcase the application of various practices presented in the module.
The Graduate Futures teams are also available to support you on this module and offer a wide range of online and/or drop-in individual sessions.
To support you in your academic progress, you will receive both formative and summative feedback on your work through the course of each academic year. Regular formative feedback on class activities provides you with the necessary guidance to scaffold your knowledge and understanding of the key concept and principles of the subject to enable your success in the final summative assessment. Summative feedback /feed-forward will be provided on your work after it has been assessed and graded. You should use all feedback that you receive to identify areas of strength and areas for future study and improvement.

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:
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team –

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
ML01: To demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of the theoretical and conceptual models of employability

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
ML02: To demonstrate your skills, knowledge and personal attributes and position your graduate future.

ML03: To apply critical and analytical thinking to critique the graduate labour market.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
ML04: To evaluate and reflect on your undergraduate identity and create a career plan which outlines your professional and personal development to meet the demands of the graduate labour market.

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment:
Throughout the module you should actively participate in scheduled and self-directed activities and should engage in discussions and feedback exercises. This includes individual feedback from the Graduate Futures team and external sources such as on-line psychometric tools (ML02)

Summative Assessment:

On completion of the module you will be assessed through the submission of:
(i) A critical analysis of the graduate labour market and (ii) a personal career planning (MLO1, 2, 3 and 4)

Submission and feedback to be provided electronically.





Module abstract

‘Progressing Professional Practice’ helps you identify the next steps for planning your graduate career. The module takes an active, experiential approach so you can experience first-hand the contemporary graduate recruitment and selection process by taking part in authentic activities covering initial application for graduate positions, interviews and assessment centres. The skills and qualities you need to succeed in these activities are also important should you intend to start your own business on graduating. You’ll be supported to evaluate the opportunities available to you – such as study abroad and placement – to develop your experience, skills and acumen within your chosen professional field, and enhance your CV. Once you’ve completed this module, you’ll have the skills, ability and confidence to make an impactful application and impression on any employer. You’ll also have a thorough knowledge and understanding of the challenges and opportunities presented by today’s graduate labour market.

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time

Department Newcastle Business School

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2024 or September 2025

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