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Unit information: Personal and Professional Development in 2021/22

Unit name Personal and Professional Development
Unit code ANAT10007
Credit points 40
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Sulaiman
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Anatomy
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences

Description including Unit Aims

This unit introduces students to the widely used reflective practice within clinical programs. It enables students to develop skills necessary to plan, monitor and reflect on their own personal and professional development. It enables students to consider and articulate their personal goals and abilities in the context of their future career aspirations. It encourages lifelong learning in a professional and personal context.

This unit aims to:

  • Support the identification and critical discussion and appraisal of ones’ personal and professional skills.
  • Encourage self-awareness and reflective thinking, leading to the identification of strategies for continued development.
  • Develop an understanding of the learning process and its influences; and identify skills and learning support mechanisms.
  • Develop numeracy skills and understanding of statistics relevant for clinical practice.
  • Facilitate an understanding and commitment to ethical and professional behaviour within a clinical program

Intended Learning Outcomes

At the end of the unit the students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate familiarity and confidence with the development and application of core skills including communication, team-work and time management.
  2. Demonstrate competence in the recording, organisation, management and presentation of information using a variety of different media/modes.
  3. Reflect on and assess the attributes and professional behaviours necessary for a successful career.
  4. Demonstrate an ability to plan, organise and undertake personal and professional development and be able to manage it through continued and effective self-directed learning and reflection.
  5. Demonstrate basic proficiency in numeracy skills and statistics appropriate for clinical practice.

Teaching Information

  • Discussion based seminars
  • Self-directed learning
  • Workshops
  • Tutorials

Assessment Information

Attendance will be monitored and is mandatory at all teaching activities and assessment sessions.

Assessed ILOs are indicated in brackets

Summative assessments will include:

Must Pass - a minimum pass mark of 50% must be achieved in the following summative assessments to pass the unit:

  • Completion of a reflective journal (50%) (1-4)
  • 2000 words essay (20%) (1-2)
  • One numeracy skills and statistics exam (30%) (5)


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.