ES4001: Personal Development

ES4001: Personal Development

Please note this module descriptor is indicative of the structure of this course and may be subject to change.

Module Title Personal Development
Module Code ES4001
Module Tutor Tristan Middleton
School School of Education and Humanities
CAT Points 15
Level of Study 4
Brief Description

The module aims to introduce, reinforce and encourage the acquisition of those study and transferable skills required of all students for the successful completion of an undergraduate programme. Furthermore, students will be encouraged to think creatively and constructively about personal, academic and career goals and to plan an effective strategy towards achieving those aims.

Indicative Syllabus

This module is designed to prepare students for a higher education course. It will include the following:


learning, study and time management skills

group work skills

presentation and communication skills

information literacy skills

academic writing skills, referencing and plagiarism

lifelong learning

emotional resilience and intelligence

barriers to learning

an introduction to research methods

a residential experience


Students will be encouraged to develop their skills in order to become more self-assured, independent learners so that they can study more effectively and efficiently.


Students will be encouraged to evaluate, reflect upon and manage their own learning and will be introduced to approaches and good study habits which are designed to promote students’ capacity for self-development.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module the student should be able to:


1  Acknowledge the importance of being a reflective and independent learner and be able to identify personal learning strengths and areas for improvement;

2  Work collaboratively within different groups in a range of contexts including seminars, directed study, presentations and research activities;

3  Communicate clearly and accurately in both spoken English and academic writing presenting supported arguments with the correct use of the Harvard referencing system and academic conventions

4 Use the learning centre effectively to locate appropriate electronic and traditional resources;

  1. 5 Demonstrate an awareness and understanding of basic research concepts

6  Plan, draft and edit assessments to produce concise and succinct arguments, and offer both sides of an argument, whilst producing clear introductions and conclusions;

Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 36
Independent Learning Hours: 114
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 75% Portfolio: 1500 Words
002: 25% Presentation: Group:: 10 Minutes
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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