CRR07006 2016 Professional Development for Accountants

General Details

Full Title
Professional Development for Accountants
Transcript Title
Professional Development
N/A %
Subject Area
CRR - Career Planning
BUS - Business
07 - NFQ Level 7
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2016 - Full Academic Year 2016-17
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Karen McManus
Programme Membership
SG_BACCT_J07 201600 Bachelor of Business in Business in Accounting L7 SG_BACCO_H08 202100 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Business in Accounting L8 SG_BACCO_J07 202100 Bachelor of Business in Accounting L7

The module endeavours to improve the employability skills of the students with particular emphasis on CV and Interview preparation and on the job soft skills to be an effective team member.

Learning Outcomes

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


Identify sources of information on job opportunities.


Create a comprehensive CV and cover letter to effectively market themselves.


Demonstrate the necessary skills to undertake a job interview.


Design and deliver an effective oral presentation supported by information communication technology.


Identify and apply on the job soft skills.


Maximise the potential of the induction process. 

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Students will be required to actively engage with the material presented in the lectures. A number of strategies will be used to achieve this objective to include the following;

- Small group work discussion and presentation of ideas

- Role Plays eg Mock Interviews

- Case Studies

- Questionnaires

- Use of DVDs 

- Guest Speakers

Module Assessment Strategies

Individual Job Application Portfolio - Consisting of CV and cover letter for a job vacancy

Individual Mock Interview and Personal Reflective Statement

Group Project and Presentation


Repeat Assessments

Repeat Attend as the module is 100% continuous assessment

Indicative Syllabus

Job Seeking Skills

Career networking, recruitment methods, online resources, trends in chosen sector of employment

CV Design and Creation

Writing cover letters, understanding the format and structure of a CV, designing your CV, skills audit, application forms

Interviewing Theory, Techniques and Skills

Preparing and researching, job description, person specification, cultural fit, instilling confidence and reducing anxiety, how to dress for the interview, body language, listening and answering questions, asking questions, handling difficult questions, interview follow-up, assessment centres, psychometric tests

Presentation Skills

Overcoming communication apprehension, nonverbal communication in public speaking, structure in oral presentations, visual aids to enhance your oral presentations, guidelines to cope with problems and opportunities in the question and answer session

On the job soft skills

Team dynamics, leading teams. meeting preparation, writing the agenda, action minutes, time management, stress management


Purpose of induction, basics of an induction process

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Individual Job Application Portfolio Continuous Assessment Individual Project 30 % Week 4 1,2
2 Individual Job Interview Continuous Assessment Interview 30 % Week 6 1,2,3,5
3 Group Project and Presentation Continuous Assessment Group Project 40 % Week 12 1,4,5,6

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Flat Classroom Lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Tutorial Flat Classroom Practical Skills Development - max student numbers@20 2 Weekly 2.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2015-08-11 What Color Is Your Parachute? 2016: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers Ten Speed Press
ISBN 160774662X ISBN-13 9781607746621

What Color Is Your Parachute? is the worlds most popular job-hunting guide, revised and updated annually, with more than ten million copies sold.

This 2016 edition features the latest studies and perspectives on todays job-market, including proven strategies for finding jobs even when everyone tells you there are none. Career expert Richard N. Bolles reveals surprising advice on what worksand what doesntso you can focus your efforts on tactics that yield results.

This helpful manual shares proven tips for writing impressive resumes and cover letters, as well as guidance for effective networking, confident interviewing, and the best salary negotiating possible. But it goes beyond that by helping you to zero in on your ideal joband lifewith its classic Flower Exercise. Whether youre searching for your first job, were recently laid off, or are dreaming of a career change, What Color Is Your Parachute? will guide you toward fulfilling and prosperous work.

Recommended Reading
2012 Human Communication: The Basic Course Pearson
ISBN 0205101941 ISBN-13 9780205101948

Human Communication Updated in a new 12th edition, Human Communication: The Basic Course surveys the broad field of human communication, giving attention to theory, research, and skill development. This book provides an in-depth look at the concepts, principles, and skills of human communication, emphasizing public speaking, interpersonal communication, and small group communication.

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Bolles, R.N. (2015) What Color Is Your Parachute? 2016: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers, Ten Speed Press 

DeVito, J. (2012) Human Communication:The Basic Course, Pearson 

McClave, H. (2008) Communication for Business, 4th ed., Dublin: Gill and MacMillan

McEvoy, S. (2008) Get Your Ideal Job: Job Seeking Skills Workbook for Students, Dublin: Gill and MacMillan

URL Resources