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BA Professional Studies(Part-Time)

Year 1

Learning outcomes

On completion of level 1 students will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

-the basic concepts, information, practical competencies and techniques which are standard features of the disciplines that have been drawn upon to examine selected themes such as culture and diversity, health well-being and the common good, and business acumen;
-why different disciplines think as they do in terms of their theoretical underpinning and methodologies and why they arrive at different standpoints on an issue;
-how links and connections can be made across disciplines in order to understand selected themes and issues;
-the principal ethical issues and practical constraints that operate in different disciplines;
-the value, limitations and appropriateness of approaches from different disciplines to problem solving;
-the global and cultural dimensions of the issues discussed;
-how to use basic generic and subject specific intellectual qualities i.e.
-be able to communicate the results of their work;
-present a structured and coherent simple argument;
-be able to interpret and evaluate the underlying concepts and principles of a range of disciplines;
-evaluate qualitative and/or quantitative data;
-professional and disciplinary boundaries;
-their strengths and development needs as learners.

Transferable (key) skills

Students will have had the opportunity to acquire, as defined in the modules specified for the programme:

-ability to study ‘live' and ‘big' issues from multiple perspectives and to relate theoretical understanding to experience and practice;
-academic skills required for enquiry along with the ability to communicate information, understanding, arguments and analysis in a variety of forms;
-ability to apply knowledge and skills from academic disciplines to professional contexts;
-professional qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment;
-skills necessary for the exercising of personal responsibility.


Achievement will be assessed by a variety of methods in accordance with the learning outcomes of the modules specified for the year/programme and will include:

-opportunity to demonstrate basic understanding of relevant concepts, theoretical perspectives and techniques from a range of disciplines and to apply these to contemporary issues;
-use of a range of formats for assessed work that develop skills of effective communication for both academic and professional settings;
-encouragement to explore new ideas and to test, evaluate and criticise received opinion;
-opportunity to apply and develop research skills through a small scale research project.


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