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NCL3008 : Advanced Career Development module

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Miss Gayle Leach
  • Lecturer: Dr Jessica Jung, Mr Darrin Beattie
  • Owning School: Academic Services
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


To develop students’ self-awareness and the ability to self-manage, proactively interact and ethically apply knowledge and skills in a work-related context.

The Career Development module offers students the opportunity to undertake work-related learning in a variety of environments, both on and off the University campus. Through engagement with the module, students will learn about themselves, enhancing their employability (see and personal enterprise skills as well as contributing towards meeting the aims of the host organisation.

Outline Of Syllabus

Semester 1
Week 1
Introduction and overview – identifying and sharing career plans and aspirations, introduction of portfolio format and how to use, review of structured reflection techniques

Week 2
What is leadership? Introducing and exploring graduate skills and attributes relating to leadership including: negotiation and persuasion, delegation, personal impact, planning and organising etc [Graduate skills 1]

Week 3
Resilience, growth mindset and how we respond to challenges, how can we build on our strengths to become more resilient (with links to resilience as an aspect of effective leadership). [Self-awareness 1]

Week 4
Professional communication skills: ‘managing up’, professional/difficult conversations, further exploration of negotiating and influencing approaches and techniques [Graduate skills 2]

Week 5
Small group tutorial: Goal setting, identifying graduate skills and professional standards to work towards at placement this year

Week 6
Occupational and Global Awareness – how to develop these attributes in order to enhance your performance at placement and in your future career

Week 7
Making an impact – presentation skills and personal branding [Graduate Skills 3]

Week 8
Assessment 1 preparation – portfolio completion and professional conversation format/how to prepare

Week 9
Small Group tutorial: Practise for assessment 1 (Professional Conversation)

Weeks 10 and 11, Exam weeks 1 and 2: Assessment (Professional Conversation – students to choose whether they wish to complete this before or after Christmas through booking into a chosen timeslot).

Semester 2
Week 1
Networking to Further your Career – including face-to-face and online networking

Week 2
Employer/alumni led (panel) session – including graduates who are a. 3-5 years into their careers and can discuss how they used some of the attributes and techniques discussed to make an impact and progress within their chosen fields.

Week 3
Emotional Intelligence – understanding yourself and your strengths, how to develop all aspects of your EI [Self-awareness 2]

Week 4
Assessment preparation – portfolio and supervisor evaluation components

Week 5
Small Group tutorial: Preparing for final assessments (portfolio and supervisor evaluation)

Weeks 6-8
One-to-one tutorials to discuss progress and preparation for final assessments with module tutor

Week 9
Drop in clinic for support with final assessments (module tutor led)

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

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