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BA Professional Studies(Part-Time)

Year 3

Learning outcomes

On completion of level 2 students will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

-the concepts, information, practical competencies and techniques which characterise the disciplines that have been drawn upon to examine global issues, contemporary thinking and professional issues;
-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 in depth;
-how to apply skills of analysis, synthesis and extrapolation through working on a broad canvas rather than within a single subject discipline;
-how to apply inter-disciplinary learning to identifying potential solutions to issues relevant to the local and global context;
-how ethical issues and practical constraints operate in different disciplines;
-different research paradigms and the implications of these for study;
-how to use generic and subject specific intellectual qualities to:
-initiate and undertake the analysis of data and information;
-effectively communicate information, arguments and analysis in a variety of forms;
-evaluate critically the appropriateness of different methods of enquiry;
-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 and personal career aims;
-professional qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment;
-skills necessary for the exercising of personal responsibility;
-decision making skills;


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 draw on understanding of relevant concepts, theoretical perspectives and techniques from a range of disciplines and to engage critically and constructively with contemporary issues and professional contexts
-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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