FZMEPL-Evidence of personal learning

Module Provider: Food and Nutritional Sciences
Number of credits: 5 [2.5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded: FZMDPL Document of Personal Learning FZMPPL Portfolio of Personal Learning FZMSPL Statement of personal learning
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Mrs Barbara Mason

Email: b.p.mason@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module is one of a suite of four modules under the theme “Flexible Learning Path” intended to recognise the learning and professional application of outcomes from courses not carrying formal academic credits. Students will, under the guidance their personal tutor, select the module from the Flexible Learning Path which is most appropriate to their requirements. Students will only be able to take one module.

This evidence of learning allows students to take ownership of their personal, professional and academic development and to demonstrate acquired knowledge and skills to enhance their practice within the workplace. 


Students will be able to pursue a flexible range of learning pathways, including short courses and professional development activities that provide skills and learning appropriate to their employment. Students will take ownership of their personal, professional and academic development and will use this module to demonstrate the use of acquired knowledge and skills which enhance their practice within the workplace.

Assessable learning outcomes:

On completion of the module, learners should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a reflective and self-critical approach to personal and professional development

  • Critically evaluate the learning and skills gained from academic and professional study and its application to the workplace

Additional outcomes:

The following transferable skills will be developed in this module:

  • Negotiation skills

Outline content:

Students will be expected to evidence their personal learning through justification of need and benefit within the context of their workplace. The nature of the learning will be flexible but must be fully justified by the student in terms of relevance and benefit to their employment. Learning will be required to include 50 hours of study as defines the credit weighting of this course.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Students will research and justify personal learning courses with the support and advice of their industrial mentor and personal tutor.

Learning will be acquired through various teaching and learning strategies used in the taught study modules, units and courses that the student has undertaken.

Study hours

Formal contact will be provided through supervisory team meetings.  An initial contact session will introduce students to the expectations and purpose of the document.

Contact hours will vary according to the teaching and learning strategies used within the component study courses, but overall student effort, including preparation of the written assessment work will represent 50 hours of study.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Total hours by term
Total hours for module

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Report 10
Portfolio 90

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:



Students will prepare an overarching body of evidence which:

  • Reports the content and learning outcomes of the learning activities undertaken and justification for the activity.


  • Details the implications for the student’s existing and future professional practice and how it has been or could be used to change personal business behavior and/or practice and strategy with the business.


Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Assessment requirements for a pass:

A mark of 50% overall in all assessed work.

Reassessment arrangements:

In the event of a student failing the module they will be reassessed based on resubmission of failed coursework assignments or equivalent pieces of work.  Module marks are capped at 50% for passes at 2nd attempt.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 20 April 2018


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