Module code: DMAP006

Module Overview

This module supports students’ development of personal and professional attitudes and abilities appropriate to a Professional Training placement. It supports and facilitates self-reflection and transfer of learning from their Professional Training placement experiences to their final year of study and their future employment. The PTY module is concerned with Personal and Professional Development towards holistic academic and non-academic learning, and is a process that involves self-reflection, documented via the creation of a personal record, planning and monitoring progress towards the achievement of personal objectives. Development and learning may occur before and during the placement, and this is reflected in the assessment model as a progressive process. However, the graded assessment takes place primarily towards the end of the placement. Additionally, the module aims to enable students to evidence and evaluate their placement experiences and transfer that learning to other situations through written and presentation skills.

Module provider

Music and Media

Module Leader

O'DELL Matthew (Music & Med)

Number of Credits: 120

ECTS Credits: 60

Framework: Professional Training Year

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

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 1125

Module Availability

Year long

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

The module focuses on achieving the learning outcomes by offering via the placement experience the opportunity for students to nurture the employability skills that graduate employers look for and to develop the professional identity, competencies and attributes that support the future employability outcomes for students. This development takes place across a wide range of learning environments with great variety in the studies undertaken. Nevertheless, all of these offer the same opportunity to achieve the learning outcomes.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework FINAL REPORT 30

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate the learning outcomes regarding the successful acquisition of a Professional Training placement, and the acquisition of the employability skills and competencies that support students’ graduate employability outcomes.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

● CV and Cover Letter (LO1, LO2, LO4, LO6, LO8) Submitted at two stages (a) before commencing placement for review by the Visiting PT Tutor but not assessed; and (b) upon completion of the placement year a comprehensively updated CV and Cover Letter is submitted as if tailored to applying for a potential graduate job. It is at this point that the Visiting PT Tutor provides feedback. CV no more than 2 pages; Cover Letter 1 page.

● Final Report (LO2, LO4, LO5, LO6, LO7, LO8) Completed at the end of their study exchange, this report of 3,000 words requires students to critically reflect on their personal and professional development. Students will also take account of their inter-cultural learning, any language capabilities they may have acquired from studying in a non-native language and reflections on how the study exchange has enhanced their employability prospects.

● Study Exchange (LO2, LO4, LO6, LO7, LO8) Students must secure the agreed number of credits at the partner institution in order to successfully meet the requirements of the Professional Training year. This recognises the full-year nature of the study exchange.

Formative assessment and feedback The requirements of the partner institution are applied to any aspect of formative assessment and feedback. 

Module aims

  • Enable students to acquire and develop knowledge as it occurs in professional practice.
  • Apply academic knowledge from the learning experience at a partner institution (generally at an overseas location).
  • Enable students to mature through the evaluation of their placement experiences.
  • Support students to develop and apply new skills appropriate to the academic setting in which they are studying.
  • Enable students to develop the employability skills and attitudes/approach that graduate employers look for and are required of a person working in a professional capacity.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Demonstrate job-seeking and job acquiring skills relevant to chosen sector CPT
2 Identify personal strengths CPT
3 Identify key personal and professional objectives in relation to PTY KCPT
4 Understand the organisation/s and how they themselves fit within it CPT
5 Apply academic knowledge to professional practice KCT
6 Understand and demonstrate appropriate professional behaviour KCPT
7 Evaluate their personal and professional development KCPT
8 Use the information/knowledge gained on placement to inform their career aims KCPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:


The learning and teaching methods include:


  • The learning and teaching methods are predicated on the requirements of the institutional partner.

  • Where relevant, the academic mentoring, coaching and assessment role of partner institutions are focused on ensuring that students achieve the learning outcomes for the module; these relate to (1) personal and professional development, (2) evaluation of placement learning and (3) transfer of placement learning.

  • The partner institution is encouraged to support students’ critical self-reflection and learning.

  • The assessment of students’ academic attainment for the study element of the placement year is as per the requirements of the partner institution.

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.

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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 2019/0 academic year.