Full Title:Personal and Professional Development 2
Module Code:PRPF H8008
Credits: 7.5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2013/14 ( September 2013 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Description:Personal and Professional Development Planning is now a major part of the lives of most people working in a professional capacity. Essentially, it is the provision of a road map that can help the proffessional plot their development from one point to another in a career that is usually set in the context of a busy life. As a tool the plan can be quite useful to give students a focus both personally and professionally This course aims to develop students insight into career planning and development to enable them to actively plan their future career.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Identify their professional development to include purposeful reflection of their own practice
  2. Critically evaluate sources of information about social care that support professional developmen
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of how to applly concepts, theories, and research to social care practice drawing on experiences from their work placement
  4. Identify some of the influences on their own personal value system
  5. Develop skills and knowledge of how to use supervision effectively in their professional careers
  6. Explore issues of racism and discrimination
  7. Develop writing skills required for practising as a social care worker
  8. 6.Give and receive feedback to peers within a framework of self-awareness activities.
  9. 1. Demonstrate an increased level of self-awareness and gained be able to integrate this learning into their work as professional social care practitioners

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Self assessment and purposeful reflection upon own vocational practice
The constructive use of work experiences for learning purposes: keeping appropriate records, listening skills, feedback, managing conflict, respect for differences, use of language and professional jargon, effective team work.
Personal development plan
Career planning: identification of current skills and areas of expertise, transferable skills, interpersonal skills, recognition of strengths and weaknesses for enhancement of performance.
Self and peer group evaluation.
Portfolio including, curriculum vitae preparation and presentation, interview skills, identification of learning opportunities such as participation in local committees, task groups, special projects.
Report writing skills
Keeping accurate case notes, awareness of “Freedom on Information”, Court reports,
writing referrals to other agencies, completing comprehensive care plans.
Drawing on work experience how to apply concepts, theories and research to social care practice.
The skills of critical thinking: humanistic approaches, ethical issues, balanced
arguments and debate, evaluative skills, use of information to inform argument.
Therapeutic skills
Active listening. Rapport building skills. The importance of use of language and body language. Questioning styles.
Racism and discrimination.
Focus on the challenges to the professional social care worker in working in a multi-cultural society. Students will be encouraged to reflect on their own value systems and possible prejudices.
Sources of information about social care.
Keeping up to date with current affairs and their contribution to effective care professional practice. The use of newspapers, television and radio programme, current Government papers, political campaigns etc.
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
Portfolio Students will receive a (toolkit) on Personal and Professional Development Planning. This tookit will provide students with some approaches that they can utilise to develop a Career plan. Students are required to develop a career plan that will span the next 10 years. The portfolio challenges students to answer the following questions. (1) Where am I now? (2) What/Where would I like to be? (3) How do I get there? None 100.00 0 0 Week 12 0
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination

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
Tutorial No Description 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Lecture No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Directed Reading No Description 4.00 Every Week 4.00
Independent Study No Description 5.50 Every Week 5.50
Total Weekly Learner Workload 13.50
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Health Service Executive 2005, Personal and Professional Development Planning, Health Service Executive
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Egan, G., Skilled Helper, a problem-management and opportunity-development approach to helping,, 2002. The Australia: United Kingdom: Brooks/Cole.
  • Fletcher, K., Partnerships in Social Care, A Handbook for Developing Effective Services, 2006. Jessica Kingsley Publishers. London.
  • Gilligan, R, Irish Child Care Services: Policy, Practice and Provision., 1991. Public Administration. Dublin.
  • Gould, N & Taylor, I, Reflective Learning for Social Work,, 1996. Ashgate. England.
  • Jackson, C. et al., Managing Careers in 2000 and Beyond, 1996. IES Report, University of Sussex, Brighton.
  • Johns, C., Becoming a Reflective Practitioner,, 2004. Blackwell Publishing. Oxford.
  • Koprowska, J, Communication and Interpersonal Skills in Social Work, 2005. Learning Matters. Exeter.  
  • Mason, J, & Fattore, T,, Children taken seriously : in theory, policy and practice, 2005. Jessica Kingsley Publishers. London.
  • Morrison, T., Staff Supervision In Social Care : Making A Real Difference For Staff And Service Users,, 2001. Pavilion. London.
  • O’Connor, T. and Murphy, M., Social Care in Ireland, Theory Policy and Practice, 2006 CIT Press. Cork
  • Quinney, A, Collaborative Social Work Practice,, (2006) Learning Matters, Exeter, England
  • Reardon, R.C et al., Career Development and Planning: a comprehensive approach, 1999.Thompson Learning, London.
  • Share, P, & McElwee, N, Applied Social Care: An Introduction for Irish Students, 2005. Gill & Macmillan. Dublin.
  • Schon, D.A., The Reflective Practitioner, How Professionals Think in Action,, 1991. Basic Books. New York.
  • Trevithick, P., Social Work skills: a Practice Handbook, 2000. Open University Press. Buckingham.
  • Thompson, N, Dealing with stress., 1994. Macmillan. England.
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_HSOCA_8 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Care 5 Mandatory
DK_BSSC_7 Bachelor of Arts in Social Care 5 Mandatory