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2017/18 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

LUBS2085 Developing Your Potential

10 creditsClass Size: 150

Module manager: Julia Braham

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2017/18

This module is mutually exclusive with

CSER1011Career Planning
CSER1021Career Planning
CSER2101Career Development 1
CSER2201Career Development 2
CSER3202Advanced Career Development - Business Awareness
CSER3212Advanced Career Development - Business Awareness

This module is not approved as a discovery module


This module enables undergraduate Management students to gain a better understanding of the range of opportunities available to them after level two and helps them develop the knowledge, skills and attributes required to compete successfully for these opportunities.

An increasing number of second year students are applying for summer internships or a year in industry. Others hope to develop their intercultural competencies by studying abroad, or their entrepreneurial skills by taking a year in Enterprise. Some students progress straight to level three but need to consolidate their existing work experience by honing the skills and aptitudes required by graduate employers.

This module addresses the skills development needs identified by both undergraduate Management students and graduate employers. Informed by contemporary management literature it helps students understand how management skills are applied in practise and what graduate employers look for during the recruitment process.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students will be able to
1. Evidence career planning and decision making strategies in line with their graduate aspirations.
2. Successfully articulate their knowledge skills and attributes and apply these to a chosen graduate employment opportunity.
3. Critically reflect on their skills development, evidencing learning from multiple sources including academic text, visiting speakers, personal experience.

Transferable Skills include:
- Self-Management and Independent Learning
- Reflective thinking and Writing
- Career and Personal Development
- Verbal Communication
- Networking and Decision Making


This module is responsive in its design. Students' action plans are analysed and graduate employers are canvassed to ensure the module builds in relevant graduate skills. A range of academic and professional speakers work together with visiting employers and professional alumni to ensure a syllabus which is responsive and contemporary. In previous years this has included:-

Commercial Awareness - applying knowledge of current business trends in relation to specific sectors and employment roles.
Intercultural skills and competencies - demonstrating how these are applied in a global economy.
Enterprise and Entrepreneurial skills - ensuring students who are interested in self-employment are aware of the range of opportunities and incentives available to them and also how creative and innovative students can evidence intrapreneurial skills and competencies.
Using effective interpersonal skills in social situations and building a network of professional contacts
What does Leadership mean and understanding how to evidence it.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Mini Conference14.004.00
Private study hours78.00
Total Contact hours22.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

It is anticipated that students will use 60% of their private study time to research sectors, organisations and pathways that match with their graduate aspirations. The research includes networking and attendance is compulsory at the Leaders in Residence Conference. In addition a minimum of 5 hours contact time should be spent with the University Careers Centre, careers/study abroad fairs, related events or seminars, and/or meetings with a professional mentor (if applicable) and/or staff at LUBS employability hub. Students are also encouraged to use appropriate social media and relevant online networks such as the 'Leeds Network'. Students should use their online evidence log to record incidents and experience which evidence learning and skills development and critically reflect on their suitability for their chosen opportunity/sector. The remaining 40% of private study time should be used to prepare the assessed written report and prepare for the verbal presentation.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students will have the opportunity to gain formative feedback through the following mechanisms:

- Two embedded personal tutorial meeting with the Head of Second Year
- Academic support hours as advertised in the module handbook/VLE

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Report2,500 words70.00
Presentationindividual 20 minute verbal presentation/ interview30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Resit is via submission of an extended project report of 2,500 words which includes a reflective narrative on the reasons for failure of original component(s) and which evidences the actions taken as a result of feedback generated and received with regard to the failed component(s). Resit will be 100% by coursework.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 06/12/2017


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