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Unit information: Personal and Professional Development in 2020/21

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Unit name Personal and Professional Development
Unit code ANAT10007
Credit points 40
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Sulaiman
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Anatomy
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences


This unit introduces students to the widely used reflective practice within clinical programs. It enables students to develop skills necessary to plan, monitor and reflect on their own personal and professional development. It enables students to consider and articulate their personal goals and abilities in the context of their future career aspirations. It encourages lifelong learning in a professional and personal context.

This unit aims to:

  • Support the identification and critical discussion and appraisal of ones’ personal and professional skills.
  • Encourage self-awareness and reflective thinking, leading to the identification of strategies for continued development.
  • Develop an understanding of the learning process and its influences; and identify skills and learning support mechanisms.
  • Develop numeracy skills and understanding of statistics relevant for clinical practice.
  • Facilitate an understanding and commitment to ethical and professional behaviour within a clinical program

Intended learning outcomes

At the end of the unit the students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate familiarity and confidence with the development and application of core skills including communication, team-work and time management.
  2. Demonstrate competence in the recording, organisation, management and presentation of information using a variety of different media/modes.
  3. Reflect on and assess the attributes and professional behaviours necessary for a successful career.
  4. Demonstrate an ability to plan, organise and undertake personal and professional development and be able to manage it through continued and effective self-directed learning and reflection.
  5. Demonstrate basic proficiency in numeracy skills and statistics appropriate for clinical practice.

Teaching details

  • Discussion based seminars
  • Self-directed learning
  • Workshops
  • Tutorials

Assessment Details

Attendance will be monitored and is mandatory at all teaching activities and assessment sessions.

Assessed ILOs are indicated in brackets

Summative assessments will include:

Must Pass - a minimum pass mark of 50% must be achieved in the following summative assessments to pass the unit:

  • Completion of a reflective journal (50%) (1-4)
  • 2000 words essay (20%) (1-2)
  • One numeracy skills and statistics exam (30%) (5)

Reading and References

The final detail of this section is yet to be confirmed as care needs to be taken to ensure that contemporary resources are supplied appropriate to the cohort. Below are some of the recommended textbooks:

Cottrell, S., 2013. The study skills handbook. Macmillan International Higher Education.

COTTRELL, S. (2011). Critical thinking skills: developing effective analysis and argument.

Cottrell, S., 2015. Skills for success: Personal development and employability. Macmillan International Higher Education.

Cottrell , S. and Cottrell, S. (2017) Critical thinking skills : effective analysis, argument and reflection. Third edn. London: Palgrave (Palgrave study skills).

Moore, S., Neville, C. and Murphy, M., 2010. The ultimate study skills handbook. McGraw-Hill Education (UK).

Webb, P., Bain, C. and Page, A., 2016. Essential epidemiology: an introduction for students and health professionals. Cambridge University Press.