Professional Skills and Employability Development - BUSN9123

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Module delivery information

This module is not currently running in 2024 to 2025.


This module aims to develop the skills and knowledge necessary for enhanced employability for postgraduate students. Subjects covered will typically include:
• Employability skills and career theory
• Personal skills analysis
• Management skills development
• Insights into Career opportunities relevant to course of study
• Navigating the job application process: Psychometric tests, interviews, assessment centres, and presentations
• Finding your consultancy project/internship/industrial placement opportunity


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 16
Private study hours: 134
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods

Individual Reflective Essay (2000 words) (50%)
Personal Pitch 10 minutes video presentation (50%)

Reassessment methods: Like for like

Indicative reading

Core text:
Cottrell, S. (2015), Skills for success: the personal development planning handbook, 2nd edition, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Additional Reading
Pattison, L. (2013). Professional skills and employability, Harlow: Pearson, Higher Education
Williams, K., Woolliams, M. & Spiro, J. (2012) Reflective writing Pocket studies skills, Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan.

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
- Reflect critically upon own professional skills and employability prospects.
- Develop advanced knowledge of leadership skills in business and management linked to their career ambitions.
- Demonstrate independent learning ability required for continuing professional development.
- Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of relevant career theory and how this applies to practice and experience to enhance employability.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
- Critically evaluate and develop personal objectives for academic and career development.
-.Critically evaluate their own learning for the development of professional and employability skills.
- Compose documents and communications with advanced academic writing skills.
- Synthesise complex information and make sound judgements to communicate to a range of audiences.


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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