PREPARING FOR PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE - 2018/9

Module code: LAS2006

Module Overview

This module aims at sensitising students towards notions of profession, professionalism, leadership and application of subject specific as well as transferable skills in a professional setting. Students are encouraged to reflect on the meanings and practices of these notions in preparation for the upcoming professional training year. They will also learn how to research a professional environment and reflect on the research process by incorporating feedback from peers and others.

Module provider

School of Literature and Languages

Module Leader

ZAJACOVA K Ms (FASS Admin)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

JACs code: R900

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

N/A

Module content

 This module will engage participants in unpacking and reflecting on the following:


Notions of profession, professional practice and professionalism
The historical development of the concept of profession and of professions
The role of contexts on professional definitions and practices
Professional knowledge, values, attitudes and behaviours
Professional practice and reflection on and in practice
Leadership and its meanings for different professional contexts

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework ESSAY (2000 WORDS) 50
Practical based assessment GROUP PRESENTATION 50

Alternative Assessment

Individual Presentation.  

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate achievement of the module learning outcomes.

The written work assesses subject specific knowledge and ability to discuss and debate relevant issues such as the changing nature of higher education in relation to the employability/work readiness agenda and its relationship with the industry.

The presentation assesses a set of practical, professional and transferable skills such as team work, presentation skills and communication.  In addition, students are assessed on their ability to reflect and apply theory to professional practice.

Students are provided with ongoing feedback from the module convenor during the seminar discussions and mock presentations as well as individual feedback on both formal assessments.  

Module aims

  • Defining and analysing the meanings of profession, professionalism and leadership
  • Reflecting on notion of professional identity as solid yet changing aggregate of professional values, behaviours and attitudes
  • Reflecting on the notion of professional practice and what it means to be a ‘leader' in a given professional area
  • Demonstrating a practical understanding of how to research professional practice and utilising their interdisciplinary learning

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Unpack and analyse the meanings of the notion of ‘profession'
2 Synthetise important milestones in the historical growth of professions
3 Show an understanding of role of contexts and values for professional identities and behaviours
4 Reflect on how such meanings are applied in different professional contexts
5 Through the analysis of a number of case studies, arrive at their own understanding of what professionalism and leadership mean
6 Critically reflect on what has been learnt for internships and PTY

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 128

Lecture Hours: 22

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The overall teaching methodology for this module is student  centred, interactive and enquiry-based to help students to articulate their own thinking, conceptions and pre-conceptions about the notions listed under ‘Content’ and compare these, in basic ways, with canonical theories about these notions. Typically, students are asked to prepare through online tasks that are then discussed in class for knowledge sharing and expansion. Work will take place in small discussion and task groups under the tutors’ careful guidance. Occasional short lecturers may be used for introductory or summative purposes. Readings and small research tasks will be part of the preparation for class work or follow it. Students will be also prompted to think carefully about the changes in knowledge sets and skills acquired during the module.

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

Reading list for PREPARING FOR PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/las2006

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Liberal Arts and Sciences BA (Hons)/BSc (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.