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Last modified: 27 Feb 2018 13:44

Course Overview

Enquiring Professionalism is the first course of the PG Dip CLD.  It addresses the processes of both the programme and the broader professional role.  It introduces participants to the programme demands such as critically reflective practice and professional enquiry; all capacities which are important to the continuing professional development of the professional.  The course runs in parallel to the three practice- faced courses providing a steady anchor to these courses and allowing the academic and practical components of the programme to integrate with each other. The course prepares participants for the final stage of the programme, the action enquiry project.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Full Year Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Aileen Ackland

Qualification Prerequisites


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

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

• Self evaluation and professional development
• Exploring the relationship between values policy, practice and research
• Theory and practice of professional development, understanding the role of the professional and professionalism/professionalisation
• Critically reflective practice and its relevance to professional development
• Research paradigms and the link to methodologies
• Professional enquiry methods and forms of collaborative enquiry
• Reading and using research texts critically
• Identifying methodological issues
• Developing research skills
• Writing a literature review on aspects of CLD
• Planning, designing and implementing small scale research and evaluation projects
• Analysing data and representing research
• Communicating research findings

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown


More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for courses may be subject to change. All updates for first-half session courses will be actioned no later than 1700 (GMT) on 18 September 2020. All updates for second half-session courses will be actioned in advance of second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

1st attempt: Continuous assessment 100% Assessment is in three parts. 1. The production of a professional development plan justified on the basis of personal reflections presented through multi media. (20%) 2. Discursive essay addressing an issue pertinent to the professionalism of the field of practice 2,500 words (30%) 3. A plan and proposal for a work based enquiry project 3,500 words (50%) Resit: One further resubmission of any part(s) of the assessment not deemed satisfactory.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.



Course Learning Outcomes


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