COMM07023 2013 Professional Development Skills

General Details

Full Title
Professional Development Skills
Transcript Title
Professional Develop Skills
N/A %
Subject Area
COMM - Communication
MENG - Mech. and Electronic Eng.
07 - NFQ Level 7
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2013 - Full Academic Year 2013-14
End Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
Mairead McCann
Programme Membership
SG_EMANM_J07 201300 Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing Management

This module aims to further develop the learner's interpersonal communication and managerial skills in the context of professional work practice. Learners will participate in reflective activities that will facilitate the development and practice of professional business skills.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Identify communication strategies that illustrate personal effectiveness.


Apply creative and critical thinking in the context of change management.


Demonstrate effective facilitation skills in a team environment.


Relate an ability to monitor and manage information to personal development.


Appreciate the importance of ethical standards in a professional context.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be based on a constructivist approach. Students will be encouraged to explore concepts based on experiential learning and best practice. Guest lectures will feature as part of the teaching approach.

Module Assessment Strategies

This module will implement an enquiry-based learning approach with a focus on engagement in personal reflection.

The Assessment Startegy will include work-based case studies.

Indicative Syllabus

1. Communication Strategies:

  • Self-Awareness & Self Concept
  • Influence, Persuausion and Power Bases.
  • Effective negotiation skills.
  • Communicating a vision
  • Personal Development Profiling & Marketing Yourself.

2. Creative and Critical Thinking:

  • Types of thinking.
  • Assessing your creative thinking ability
  • Creativity and mangerial skills.
  • Creative and Critical Thinking in the context of managing change.

3.     Facilitation Skills:

  • Building Top Teams.
  • Participative Decsion-making.
  • Leadership skills. 

4.  Monitoring and Managing Information:

  • Managing data overload and information gaps.
  • Managing your own work.
  • Managing feedback and reviewing performance.
  • Identifying performance criteria.  
  • Personal Development Planning
5.  Ethical Behaviour:
  • Debate School of Thought e.g. Utilitarianism, Egoism, Relativism.
  •  Examine Corporate Social Responsibility in practice.
  • Research sample Codes of conduct.
  • Debate ethical issues. 


Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Formative and Summative Assessment Group Case Study Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 40 % Any 3,4
2 Continuous Assessment Self Review Questionnaires Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 20 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4
3 Individual Project Project & Presentation Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 40 % Any 1,2,5

Part Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Distance Learning Suite Theory Lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Tutorial Distance Learning Suite Learner Activities 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Student Activities 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Part Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Becoming a Master Manager: A Competing Values Approach, Quinn et al, 4thed 2007 Wiley & Sons

The Business Skills Handbook, Horn, R. 2009 CIPD

The Problem Solving Memory Jogger  Goal QPC

HR for Line Managers Best Practice  F Scott-Lennon & C Hannaway Management Briefs 2010

Other Resources


Additional Information