MQM3RC09-Being a Reflective Practitioner

Module Provider: ICMA Centre
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2021/2

Module Convenor: Dr Antony Moore

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module is for students studying the MSc in Regulation and Compliance (Degree Apprenticeship) only.


This module is intended to encourage students to become reflective practitioners. They will reflect on their own practice, including how they have applied insights from the course in practice. It aims to develop students’ ability to critically approach regulatory problems using different lenses and perspectives, including how concepts from other academic disciplines can be applied to the regulation of finance. It also seeks to develop thought leadership and horizon scanning to consider how the world of financial regulation and compliance may evolve in the future.

Assessable learning outcomes:

  1. Critically reflect on their own practice, including how their academic studies have informed their practice and may do so in the future

  2. Compile a portfolio to evidence how their practice has developed over the course of their studies

  3. Review key contemporary topics relevant to the practice of financial regulation today

  4. Discuss how insights from different academic disciplines could inform financial regulation or compliance

  5. Evaluate how current and future practices could impact the development of financial services and any implications for their existing role/possible future career

Additional outcomes:

The formative and summative elements of this module are intended to support the Apprenticeship End Point Assessment (EPA) process. Students can use their reflective portfolio, case study and their peer review sessions to prepare for their EPA.

Outline content:

This module includes two full-day taught sessions. The first will focus on the concept of ‘reflective practice’ and the second will present some contemporary topics that are currently reshaping the financial sector (or may do so in the future).  Both will include peer review sessions at which students will present practical case studies and a personal reflective statement. There will also be online videos and lecture materials to introduce some interdisciplinary concepts (such as philosophy and ethics, history, meteorology and design) presented by academics expert in those subject areas). 

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Taught content for this module will primarily be delivered through lectures and syndicated learning, which will be delivered in two full-day sessions either at Henley Business School or at a central London location. Relevant materials and learning will also be shared through the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) that is intended to facilitate and aid the students’ learning journey within the MSc Programme. Students will also be expected to conduct substantial guided independent learnin g using materials available via the university library.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 10
Seminars 4
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (independent) 42
    Wider reading (directed) 24
    Advance preparation for classes 12
    Preparation of practical report 12
    Essay preparation 48
    Reflection 48
Total hours by term 200 0 0
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Students will prepare one case study (2000 words) reflecting on how their practice has developed or been informed by their studies based on a practical example. This will represent 40% of the final module mark.

Students will also write an essay (3000 words) examining how either a contemporary issue(s) or an interdisciplinary insight(s) may influence the future development of the financial sector, and evaluating what this may mean for regulation and/or compliance in general, and for their own role/career in particular. This will represent 60% of the final module mark.


Formative assessment methods:

Students will discuss and reflect on their practice in peer review sessions and in their mentoring sessions.

Students will prepare a draft portfolio of evidence to demonstrate how their practice has developed and any practical application of lessons learned from their studies.

Penalties for late submission:

Submission of coursework by your original deadline date or formally agreed extension to deadline date will not incur penalties. 

Submission of coursework within 30 calendar days of your original deadline date (or formally agreed extension to deadline date) will incur a 10 marks reduction. 

Submission of coursework more than 30 calendar days of your original deadline date (or formally agreed extension to deadline date) will incur a zero mark. 

Assessment requirements for a pass:

50% weighted average mark

Reassessment arrangements:

Reassessment by 100% assignment (capped at 50%); to be submitted within 6 weeks of notification of module failure, date dependent on cohort entry and to be advised by the Programme Administrator. 

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 14 June 2021


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