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Professional development and learning

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Academic Direction
Birkbeck, University of London
Modes of Study

​Examine own self-development and learning while critically analysing key conceptual frameworks. Review and identify strategies for self-development, to develop an awareness of the issues with evaluating such approaches in their future professional careers.

Topics covered

  • Introduction
  • Who am I
  • Careers
  • Professional and ethical practice
  • Professional relationships
  • Expectations and challenges
  • Planning and goal setting

Learning outcomes

By completing this module, you will be able to:

  • critically evaluate the conceptual foundations underpinning current and emerging understandings of professional development and learning.
  • analyse and review the challenges to effective individual performance in contemporary organisations.
  • analyse and review the challenges to effective interpersonal relationships in contemporary organisations.
  • review and identify strategies for self-development of individuals and teams.
  • evaluate understandings of self-development in relation to contemporary understandings of career development.
  • demonstrate awareness of the importance of act ethically and professionally with a demonstrated commitment to equality of opportunity and diversity and to continuous personal and professional development.


A 3000-word learning and development report.​

Essential reading

  • Cunliffe, A. (2009) A very short, fairly interesting and reasonably cheap book about management, London: Sage.
  • Pedler, M and Burgoyne, J A. (2007) Managers’ Guide to Self-Development, (5th edition) London: McGraw-Hill.