Full Title:Personal and Professional Development 1
Module Code:PRPF H7004
Credits: 7.5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2013/14 ( September 2013 )
Module Delivered in 3 programme(s)
Module Description:The aim of this module is to introduce the student to the process of engaging with their own personal development and growth. This process is encouraged and facilitated through the student’s participation in weekly experiential group work sessions. Here, the student is encouraged to explore the concept of ‘relationship’ both to self (intrapersonal) and with others (interpersonal). This module provides the student with the opportunity to engage in the processes of group dynamics, reflective practice and creative studies, thereby granting them the opportunity for increasing their self-awareness, self-esteem, self-management and interpersonal skills.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Explain the general concepts underpinning the process of personal development.
  2. Identify and demonstrate through the medium of reflective writing, an increased level of self-awareness in relation the personal and professional self.
  3. Outline the process and practice of interpersonal experiential group work
  4. Demonstrate the ability to engage in the interpersonal process and practice of experiential group work.
  5. Demonstrate an ability to apply creative activities to develop personal and interpersonal skills necessary for for social care practice
  6. Discuss issues of racism and discrimination.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Reflective Journal Group presentation
Indicative Syllabus: Personal Development Definition and process of personal development and growth Personal development through individual exploration (Self-identity, self-awareness, self-esteem and self-management) Theoretical differences and personal development The emotional world Self-exploration through reflective practice Values, attitudes and beliefs Personal Development through Experiential Group Work Definition of experiential group work The process of experiential group work The practice of experiential group work Stages of group formation and development Intrapersonal and interpersonal skills Group dynamics The purpose and function of groups in social care Personal Development through Creative Activities Application of creative activities to develop self-awareness and relationship skills Art materials, methods and creativity Sensory, tactile and visual awareness Movement, sound and role play Imagination and creative expression Play as fun and therapy The use of creative activities with service users
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Class Test (Note: 80% mandatory attendance at weekly group-work sessions is required to pass this module In the event of the student not fulfilling these criteria they will have been deemed to have failed this subject and will be required to repeat the subject the following academic year.) None 100.00 0 0 Week 1 0
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
The assessment of this module is inextricably linked to the delivery. Therefore reassessment on this module will require the student to reattend (i.e. retake) the module in its entirety.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Directed Reading No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Tutorial No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 9.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 6.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Corey, M., Corey, G., Corey, C. 2008, Groups: Process and Practice., Brooks/Cole New York: [ISBN: ISBN-10: 0495600768]
  • Thompson Neil 2009, People Skills, 3rd Ed., Palgrave Macmillan New York [ISBN: 0230221122]
  • Mark Hamer 2006, The barefoot Helper: mindfulness and creativity in social work and the caring professions, Russell House Publishing Limited [ISBN: 1905541031, 9781905541034]
  • Msnus Charleton 2007, Ethics for Social Care in Ireland: Philosophy and Practice, Gill and Macmillan Dublin [ISBN: 0717142574]
  • Benson, Jarlath F. 2001, Working more creatively with groups, Routledge, New York
  • Bohan, Harry and Gerard Kennedy. 2003, Values and ethics can I make a difference, Veritas Dublin [ISBN: 1853906581]
  • Schön, Donald A. 1991, The Reflective Practitioner, How Professionals Think in Action, Basic Books New York [ISBN: 1857423194]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
  • n/a: Koprowska, J 2005, Communication and Interpersonal Skills in Social Work, London Pavillion

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_HSOCA_8 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Care 2 Mandatory
DK_BSSC_7 Bachelor of Arts in Social Care 2 Mandatory
DK_HCSSC_C Higher Certificate in Arts in Social Care 2 Mandatory