2019/20 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
PDES3220 Professional and Portfolio Development / Creative Professionals
10 creditsClass Size: 50
Module manager: Dr Briony Thomas
Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 View Timetable
Year running 2019/20
Pre-requisite qualificationsLevels 1 and 2 of MDes,BSc Product Design in order to develop a portfolio of design work.
Module replacesPDES 3200 Professional Portfolio & Industry Awareness
This module is not approved as a discovery module
Module summaryThis module will assist individual students to maximise their potential during their transition into a professional career or further academic study by preparing them for the application, interview and selection process.The content of this module focuses on careers in the Creative Industries, such as Product Design, however some of the content is generic for any given career path.
ObjectivesThe module aims to develop and enhance the employability of students by providing them with structured support for managing their personal development and career planning. The module aims to support individual students in identifying and developing their range of transferable skills, which are essential for academic and professional success.
The module objectives are:
- To inform students of the opportunities before them when they leave university
- To introduce and engage students with the facilities and support available within the Careers Centre
- To provide guidance to support students in their choice of future career path
- To present a snapshot of what happens in the professional practice of design
- To provide guidance in regard to the range of skills employers are looking for
- To support students to demonstrate a range of transferrable and subject-specific skills through their CV and portfolio
Upon completion of this module students should be better able to:
1. Identify and set personal objectives for academic and career development
2. Reflect on their learning and the development of their professional and employability skills
3. Recognise and evaluate the transferable and subject-specific skills relevant to a specific role or position.
4. Produce a professional CV and letter of application for a specified position.
5. Practice and develop their ability to perform successfully in interviews.
6. Produce a professional portfolio of project-based work to demonstrate a range of skills for a specific role.
7. Present visual and non-visual work to demonstrate a range of skills to both specialist and lay audiences.
Oral and visual presentation
CV and application letter writing
- Career planning
- Labour market research
- CV writing
- Preparing for employer interviews
- Portfolio development
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Class tests, exams and assessment||1||2.00||2.00|
|Private study hours||74.00|
|Total Contact hours||26.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||100.00|
Private studySkills Challenge - 20 hours
Career action planning and CV - 10 hours
Portfolio and interview preparation - 44 hours
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackRegular seminars during semester one and two will allow on-going progress towards assessed outputs to be monitored. Tutorial sessions will be available in semester two to provide formative feedback to students on their individual portfolios. Students will also have access to advisory support on a self-directed basis.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Essay||CV and cover letter||20.00|
|Group Project||Skills Challenge||20.00|
|Portfolio||Portfolio and Interview||60.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||100.00|
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
Reading listThere is no reading list for this module
Last updated: 06/09/2019
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