NS7001: Professional Skills


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NS7001: Professional Skills

Module Title Professional Skills
Module Code NS7001
Module Tutor Josie Truscott
School School of Natural and Social Sciences
CAT Points 15
Level of Study 7
Brief Description

The module provides a conceptual foundation for the development and practice of skills underpinning success for practitioners working in forensic settings.  Students will consider ethical, legal, personal and professional dilemmas which can arise in the workplace, and the importance of continuing professional development.

The module will develop the advanced skills required for achievement at Masterss level, including database searching, referencing, preventing plagiarism, academic writing conventions and critical thinking. These qualities required for postgraduate study are developed alongside the professional skills.

Indicative Syllabus
  1. The effective professional: self reflection; self-presentation; continuing professional development.
  2. The effective Masters student: resource search and evaluation; literature review; academic writing; critiquing evidence.
  3. Contemporary contexts: awareness of evidence-based practice; dissemination of academic output.
  4. Communication with diverse audiences: academic writing; report writing following professional standards; oral presentation; listening and interviewing.
  5. Dilemmas: ethical; legal.
Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to:

  1. Reflect on their own practice, strengths and weaknesses, identifying and designing strategies to address continuing development needs to improve professional competence;
  2. Critically assess and engage with the challenges of contemporary work environments, evaluate professional and ethical dilemmas in professional practice, and take accountability for decisions;
  3. Communicate effectively and in a range of registers with diverse audiences, including clients individually and in groups, peers, other professions, academics.
Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 24
Independent Learning Hours: 126
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 100% Coursework: Individual, portfolio: 3,000 words
Special Assessment Requirements None
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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