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Last modified: 24 May 2018 20:00

Course Overview

The aim of this course is to enable participants to shape and lead innovative and effective professional development in their own workplace. The course takes place through online discussions and presentations. Participants investigate a topic of their own choice through action research. We will explore and examine key discourses and models of professional learning and development. Participants will work in small groups and be supported by the course leader in a group and one to one basis. Many of the principles and practices of leading professional development are transferable to other organizations.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Rachel Shanks

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Education (ED) (Studied)
  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • ED50LE Leading and Managing Professional Development (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

-Models of adult learning 
-Learning Organisations 
-Defining CPD 
-Identifying Needs 
-Designing and Implementing a short CPD programme 
-Monitoring and Evaluation: The impact of CPD 
-Exploring your communication and presenting skills

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown


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Summative Assessments

1st attempt: Participants will audit professional development needs within their own organisation and working with others will design, implement and evaluate a short CPD programme in their setting. Participants will self-evaluate their own professional practice related to this task. Participants will be required to submit for summative assessment 1/2/3 assignment(s) equivalent to a total of 6000 – 8000 words with associated evidence based on the development and delivery of the programme. Assessment will be criterion-based. Resit: There will be one opportunity to resubmit the work completed, as revised to take account of feedback to the original.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.



Course Learning Outcomes


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