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CSER2208 Full module title: 2 Developing Your Professional Identity: Reflective Practice for Informed Career Planning

20 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Rachael Stevens

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

Pre-requisite qualifications

Your must be in the second year of your degree course to take this module

This module is mutually exclusive with

CSER2206Developing Your Professional Identity: Preparing for a Caree

Module replaces

CSER 2201

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

Do you need help discovering your passion for future careers? Or to understand your values, skills or interests to express yourself and impress future employers? This module has been designed to develop your knowledge and skills across the following 4 key areas, within the context of work experience:Identity – develop your self-awareness and how this relates to your courseWorkplace – understand how you fit within the workplace and what employers are looking for in a graduateProfessional Image – how to articulate an external, professional image to future employersDigital Literacy – develop confidence in expressing yourself digitallyNo prior knowledge or skills are needed for this module and you will be able to contextualise the content to suit the sectors that you are most interested in.This is a practical and highly interactive module led by the University’s Professional Careers Consultants requiring attendance at all sessions. All assessments are coursework based and have no exams. To meet the learning outcomes no student will be permitted join after the end of session two. For further information please see or email


In order to make informed decisions to assist your future career choices, this module will support the development of self-awareness, motivations, values and skill-set. This can be applied to either further study or employment and future promotion.

Against this background, you will also study the current graduate labour market, including future trends, identifying methods to enhance your skillset in areas where you may lack experience or confidence.

The module will consider different ways of articulating your values, skills and attributes through creating a professional image that will appeal to a range of employers. These methods include different digital formats which will build your skills and profile for the future.

Learning outcomes
By the end of this module students will have:
1. Developed their level of self-awareness to gain a better understanding of their student identity (including values, skills and attributes) in relation to the current graduate labour market.
2. Researched and analysed the current and future labour market in order to self-evaluate their current skillset for graduate employment including commercial awareness
3. Demonstrated the capability to communicate effectively through a professional presentation
4. Enhanced their digital capabilities in order to develop their confidence in presenting a professional image for the workplace
5. Reflected upon their learning to date in order to formulate an informed action plan for their future professional development


Introduction of reflective models

Self-awareness including values, motivations and flourish model

Intro to assignments, skills auditing individually and as a group to lead into company discussions

Students decide on company by end of week 4

Pre work - write CV and get to 60 on Vmock

CV seminar - 1 hr - tailoring to a job description, students to bring CVs with them

Networking in person and linkedin lab

Theoretical aspects of the workplace, future of the workplace and cultural aspects

Presentation skills and mini presentations based on articles provided to them

Interrogate LMI data and analyse current trends

Enterprise session

Alumni Panel and action planning

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours8.00
Private study hours170.00
Total Contact hours22.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

All students are expected to undertake a minimum of 2 hrs per week in private study preparing for their weekly taught sessions. This is in addition for the work to be undertaken to develop and create their assessed submissions which include a group presentation and an individual resource

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Formative feedback will be available through:
1) Group discussions and peer review in sessions (supported by staff)
2) Minerva Discussion Board Chatroom for assessment queries

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Presentation10 minute individual25.00
Portfoliolearning logs, reflective statement & Digital presentation75.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Portfolio 75% of total

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 25/07/2023


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