CRR07008 2018 Professional Development

General Details

Full Title
Professional Development
Transcript Title
Professional Development
N/A %
Subject Area
CRR - Career Planning
COEL - Computing & Electronic Eng
07 - NFQ Level 7
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2018 - Full Academic Year 2018-19
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
John Weir, Aine Mitchell
Programme Membership
SG_KSMAR_B07 201800 Bachelor of Science in Computing in Smart Technologies SG_KAPPL_B07 201800 Bachelor of Arts in Computing in Application Design and User Experience SG_KNCLD_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Computing in Computer Networks and Cloud Infrastructure SG_KNCLD_H08 202000 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computing in Computer Networks and Cloud Infrastructure SG_KAPPL_H08 202100 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Computing in Application Design and User Experience SG_KCNCS_H08 202100 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computing in Computer Networks and Cyber Security SG_KCNCS_B07 202100 Bachelor of Science in Computing in Computer Networks and Cyber Security SG_KGADV_B07 202100 Bachelor of Science in Computing in Games Development SG_KSODV_B07 202100 Bachelor of Science in Computing in Software Development SG_KSODV_H08 202100 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computing in Software Development SG_KCMPU_H08 202100 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computing SG_KCMPU_B07 202100 Bachelor of Science in Computing in Computing SG_KSMAR_H08 202100 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computing in Smart Technologies

This module is designed to prepare students for their work placement in the computing industry. 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 portfolio to effectively market themselves


Demonstrate the necessary skills to undertake a job interview


Research, report and deliver an effective oral presentation


Identify and apply on the job soft skills

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Group work preparation and feedback on CV's, cover letter/email. Identify, discuss and describe skills obtained to date and matching these skills with advertised job specifications and expertise required. Discussion and preparation of an accurate student profile and skills with link to portfolio. Interview preparation, report writing and presentation preparation.


Module Assessment Strategies

100% continuous assessment. Students will be assessed throughout the semester, this includes :- submission of CV's, cover letter, LinkedIn profile, link to portfolio all of which is submitted in week 4 followed by an interview which includes a short presentation (weeks 5-10 depending on the student numbers and resources).  This accounts for 60% of the final mark. The students will work in groups to research and write a technology report and present their findings at the end of the semester to the class(40%).

Repeat Assessments

Repeat attend or a repeat project covering all learning outcomes.

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 research, job description, personal 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.

Presentation Skills

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

On the job soft skills

Team dynamics, effective team behaviours, research and reporting on topic, leading teams, meeting preparation



Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Individual Project Job Application Portfolio Continuous Assessment Project 20 % Week 4 1,2
2 Interview Individual Job Interview Continuous Assessment Interview 40 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4
3 Group Project and Presentation Continuous Assessment Group Project 40 % End of Semester 4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Tiered Classroom Lecture 1 Weekly 1.00
Seminar Flat Classroom Practical Work 3 Weekly 3.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Independent Learning 3 Weekly 3.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2010-04-01 The Essential Work Experience Handbook Gill Education
ISBN 0717147592 ISBN-13 9780717147595

The Essential Work Experience Handbook Updated handbook for students for use and reference during their work placement as part of their FETAC course. Full description

Recommended Reading
2017-08-01 Careers in Computer Science (Exploring Careers) Referencepoint Press
ISBN 1682821943 ISBN-13 9781682821947
Recommended Reading
2015-07-01 Cracking the Coding Interview, 6th Edition: 189 Programming Questions and Solutions CareerCup
ISBN 0984782850 ISBN-13 9780984782857

I am not a recruiter. I am a software engineer. And as such, I know what it's like to be asked to whip up brilliant algorithms on the spot and then write flawless code on a whiteboard. I've been through this as a candidate and as an interviewer. Cracking the Coding Interview, 6th Edition is here to help you through this process, teaching you what you need to know and enabling you to perform at your very best. I've coached and interviewed hundreds of software engineers. The result is this book. Learn how to uncover the hints and hidden details in a question, discover how to break down a problem into manageable chunks, develop techniques to unstick yourself when stuck, learn (or re-learn) core computer science concepts, and practice on 189 interview questions and solutions. These interview questions are real; they are not pulled out of computer science textbooks. They reflect what's truly being asked at the top companies, so that you can be as prepared as possible. WHAT'S INSIDE? - 189 programming interview questions, ranging from the basics to the trickiest algorithm problems. - A walk-through of how to derive each solution, so that you can learn how to get there yourself. - Hints on how to solve each of the 189 questions, just like what you would get in a real interview. - Five proven strategies to tackle algorithm questions, so that you can solve questions you haven't seen. - Extensive coverage of essential topics, such as big O time, data structures, and core algorithms. - A behind the scenes look at how top companies like Google and Facebook hire developers. - Techniques to prepare for and ace the soft side of the interview: behavioral questions. - For interviewers and companies: details on what makes a good interview question and hiring process."

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources


URL Resources

Other Resources

 Sligo Institute of Technology Careers Service


Additional Information