EDM186-The professional self and healthcare

Module Provider: Institute of Education
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: Prof Helen Bilton
Email: h.o.bilton@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module and its theoretical basis aims to challenge healthcare educators to consider their own behaviour and values within the context of the working environment. The module aims to analyses and understand the behaviour of humans and how to bring about behavioural change in others and oneself.  The development of such understanding should inform the work all those who consider they manage others and to thereby develop their abilities to know what they and others do, how they behave and why they do as they do, and to reflect upon this.  


  • To develop a critical understanding of the issues concerning behaviour.

  • To develop a critical understanding of how to impact ones’ own and others’ behaviour. 

  • To develop the skill to put the knowledge and reflective understanding gained into practice.

  • To develop as reflective practitioners, who are able to manage their professional development. 

Assessable learning outcomes:

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

  • Identify key theories about behaviour and to relate these to practice

  • Draw reflectively and critically upon their own experience and the literature about the nature of behaviour 

  • Implement and develop practical skills concerning managing behaviour 

  • Show a reflective approach to their professional development and identify targets to suppor t their future development 

Additional outcomes:

  • Reflect using the skills and knowledge gained;

  • Research and write more independently;

  • Develop increased policy analytical skills and awareness.

  • Graduate attribute: personal effectiveness and self awareness

  • Graduate attribute: Skills in research & enquiry

Outline content:

  • The nudge theory

  • Values and attitudes 

  • The personalities indicators 

  • Gender

  • Attachment theory

  • Transactional analysis 

  • Karpman’s drama triangle 

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Contact time will be through three intensive days of teaching. Sessions will model good practice and will make appropriate use of lecture-style presentations, discussion and group work. Sessions will be based around social-constructivist principles of learning, and will utilise students’ own experiences of learning and teaching. 

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 24
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (independent) 90
    Wider reading (directed) 27
    Advance preparation for classes 24
    Preparation for presentations 4
    Completion of formative assessment tasks 3
    Essay preparation 27
    Reflection 1
Total hours by term 200 0 0
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 70
Report 30

Summative assessment- Examinations:


Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Report 1500 words  Reflective accounts 

Written assignment 3000 word  Essay 

Formative assessment methods:

Students will be set regular reading which will be receive feedback through discussions in class and set one formative assessment of 500 words.

Penalties for late submission:

The below information applies to students on taught programmes except those on Postgraduate Flexible programmes. Penalties for late submission, and the associated procedures, which apply to Postgraduate Flexible programmes are specified in the policy “Penalties for late submission for Postgraduate Flexible programmes”, which can be found here: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/files/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmissionPGflexible.pdf
The Support Centres will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.
The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

Assessment requirements for a pass:

Students must achieve a 50% overall aggregate mark.

Reassessment arrangements:

Resubmissions must be submitted within one calendar month of the notification of failure. 

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

1) Required text books: During your programme of study you will incur some additional costs.  Where applicable, core textbooks recommended for student purchase may cost around £20 to £30 per module; there may be other books/resources which you would find it convenient to buy. Some books may be available second-hand, which will reduce costs. A wide range of resources to support your curriculum, including textbooks, more specialist studies, and electronic resources, are available through the library.

2) Specialist equipment or materials: 

3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear: 

4) Printing and binding: Printing and photocopying facilities are available on campus at a cost per A4 page of £0.05 (black and white) and £0.30 (colour). Essential costs in this area will be low as most coursework is submitted electronically.

5) Computers and devices with a particular specification: A computer would be needed but nothing additional is needed

6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence: 

Last updated: 6 December 2021


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