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PSIO3049 Professional Development

Module Overview

This module can be initiated at the end of year 2 and can be undertaken in conjunction with working in specific areas of interest whilst undertaking a learning opportunity arranged by you.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a holistic synthesis of knowledge gained through your learning activities and demonstrate an evaluation of how this will inform your future practice.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an ability to work independently and autonomously to research a health-related topic.
  • Interpret, analyse and present detailed information related to your identified topic and critically appraise literature relevant to it.


There is no taught content to the module. Content will be determined at initial learning contract and developed iteratively as the study progresses. It must demonstrate consistency with the applied learning outcomes. It is anticipated that your independent learning will be spent in some of the following: searching for and accessing relevant academic sources, critically appraising these and applying them to your focus of study, reading generally and widely, discussing with colleagues from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds and determining how best to disseminate your findings (module assessment).

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The module will be delivered using an Independent Learning model. You will be supported in your learning by an academic coach. Using a comprehensive, detailed and clearly defined learning contract, you will identify the aims and objectives of a specific academic topic and the methods by which successful achievement and underpinning knowledge will be assessed. The contract will be agreed with your academic coach.

Guided independent study100
Completion of assessment task77.5
Total study time187.5


Assessment Strategy

You have the opportunity to select your assessment (poster, written assignment or presentation/viva). The formative assessment will mirror you chosen final assessment.


Assessment tasks


MethodPercentage contribution
Assessment tasks 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Assessment tasks 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:


There are no additional costs associated with this module.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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