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Managing Own Career Progression: Personal Development Planning

Module description

This module offers a series of activities aimed at developing the personal effectiveness, behaviours and career management practices of early career finance professionals. It seeks to pull together learning from across a variety of sources in support of proactively managing one’s own learning and development. The ability to produce a coherent and well-informed Personal Development Plan (PDP) is an essential part of doing well in both academic and professional practise. Using skills of reflection, apprentices will regularly pause to consider what information is available to them in order to shape their development and demonstrate progression.

This year long module is focused on ‘self-development’ and provides an important foundation upon which to develop the apprentices career in financial services. The emphasis is on the development of personal effectiveness and interpersonal excellence, both of which are an essential part of creating a positive impact within the workplace. Personal effectiveness includes managing own learning, the identification of personal development needs and taking responsibility for the achievement of learning objectives. Interpersonal excellence is focussed upon the communication skills necessary to play a significant role within teams, department, and the wider organisation. The personal development planning processes is determined at the start of the programme and regularly revisited throughout the year.

Full module specification

Module title:Managing Own Career Progression: Personal Development Planning
Module code:BEF1009DA
Module level:1
Academic year:2021/2
Module lecturers:
  • Ms Michelle Trottier - Convenor
Module credit:30
ECTS value:






Duration of module: Duration (weeks) - term 1:

48 weeks

Module aims

Through a series of activities and exercises, apprentices will identify the strengths, values and personality drivers that shape them, using that awareness to manage their own personal development planning. Through constructive feedback from both academic and workplace mentors, the apprentice will review their progress, adjusting and adapting as they apply career management skills.  This module culminates in the production of a portfolio that draws together and evidences personal and professional development.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Develop critical arguments both of self and of module-related theories that support and deepen learning.
  • 2. Reflect upon professional practice to identify, evaluate and modify own behaviours using self-analysis and constructive feedback. Recognise where learning originates and translate new knowledge into own PDP
  • 3. Compile, manage and edit a portfolio of evidence in support of own progression against the relevant Degree Apprentice learning objectives

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. Demonstrates a sound understanding of the role of the function in which you work, and how this role relates to other functions within your department and to the wider business (K2)
  • 5. Identify and communicate perceived compliance risks to the relevant management or compliance personnel within the organisation (K6)
  • 6. Communicate effectively and professionally with clients, external counterparties and internal staff. Adhere to internal standards, market protocols and regulatory rules and principles for reporting purposes. Understands the relationships and service requirements between markets, clients and their intermediaries (K12-15)

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 7. Communicating and Influencing (S21-23): Adopt high quality written and verbal communication skills as appropriate for communicating with internal and external clients. Build positive relationships with clients and colleagues using sound interpersonal and influencing skills. Coach/train less experienced colleagues. Communicate and negotiate complex situations and issues that may arise.
  • 8. Adaptability (33): Willing to accept changing priorities and work patterns when new jobs need to be done, or when requirements change
  • 9. Team working and Collaboration (S24-25): Consistently supports colleagues and the wider business, collaborating to achieve results. Aware of your role within the team, how your team fits within the business and how the team’s decisions impact on others. Takes a leadership role in the team when appropriate. Operates well under time pressure.
  • 10. 10 Enthusiasm (34-35): Show drive and energy in your work, when things are going well and when challenges arise
  • 11. Honesty and Integrity (31-32): Truthful, sincere in your actions and do the right thing (even when not the easiest). Handle client information confidentially
  • 12. Personal Development (S29-30): Proactively plans and records your own development; seeks constructive feedback and incorporates within development plan. Keeps up to date with changes in all areas of the role. Shows commitment to the job and the industry.

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Seminars (Master classes)15Taking place during the face-to-face or online seminars
Seminars (Webinars)7Taking place during the face-to-face or online seminars
Online activities and PDP coaching48Ongoing PDP coaching throughout 48 weeks of module. Working with module tutor, peers and academic mentor.
Applied Professional Development230Guided and independent learning which will be applied to the work context in consultation with a manager from the organisation. It will include a mixture of reading material, self-development exercises, online discussion forums, self-assessments, videos and 360-degree feedback

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Peer feedback500 words2,3,6,7,8,9,10Peer feedback
Prepare a draft of own personal development planUp to 4500 words1,2,3,4,7,8,9,10,11,12Academic lead will provide written feedback
Produce four 500 word reflective logs, with draft portfolio evidence, tracking personal development processEquivalent to 2000 words1-12Academic lead and peers will provide written and verbal feedback

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
1. 3000 word 2-part academic essay on self-development with critical reflection353000 words1,2Academic tutor will provide written feedback.
2. Produce a Personal Development Plan and critical reflection (this will form the framework of the professional portfolio for the Apprenticeship). 360 degree feedback is required to accompany your PDP in order to assess your impact against the IOS Behaviour Standards. A critical reflection will also form part of this assignment, based on the 360 feedback, and will outline the professional impact you have made within your role and how you have identified any development needs to update your PDP. 65Equivalent to 4,500 words1,2,3,4,7,8,9,10,11,12Academic tutor and peers will provide verbal and written feedback.

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
As per originalEquivalent to 3000 words, 35%1-116 weeks
As per originalEquivalent to 4500 words, 65%1,2,3,4,7,8,9,10,11,126 weeks

Syllabus plan

The main outcome of this module is the creation of a Personal Development Plan (PDP).  In order to achieve it, the module is divided into three different sections respectively called 'Explore', 'Evolve' and 'Excel', which contain a set of Personal Development Activities (PDAs).  During the first section 'Explore' the apprentices will learn the academic skills to support their development through the qualifications.  They will also learn the  frameworks and tools necessary to develop themselves as a reflective practitioner, identifying where they are starting from and outlining their goals for meeting their potential.  Next the PDAs in the 'Evolve' section focus on developing the behaviours and skills as stated in the IOS standard. Finally, the third section ‘Excel’ is where the apprentices take off in achieving their goals set out in their Personal Development Plan and polish their portfolio ready for submission.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Basic reading:

Cottrell, S. (2015) Skills for success: personal development and employability . Palgrave Macmillan

Day, T. (2018) Success in Academic Writing. Palgrave Study Skills. Palgrave Macmillan

Miller, D. (2015) Brilliant Personal Effectiveness: What to know and say to make an impact at work. Pearson: UK

Supplementary text:

Cottrell, S (2017) Critical Thinking Skills; Developing Effective Analysis, argument and reflection. Palgrave Macmillan:

Paul, D., Cadle, J., & Thomas, P (2012) The Human Touch: Personal Skills for Professional Success. BCS: UK

Winstanley, D. (2009) Personal Effectiveness. Excel Books: UK

Gatrell, C (2006). Managing Part-time Study: A Guide for Undergraduates and Postgraduates.  McGraw-Hill Education (UK).

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