PMM3PP-Professional practice portfolio

Module Provider: Pharmacy
Number of credits: 0 [0 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites: Employment as a healthcare professional
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2019/0

Module Convenor: Miss Kat Hall


Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module can be taken in any of the above terms.

Workplace based learning (WPBL) has been promoted as particularly useful for professionals in full time employment because they are enabled to address issues arising during practice by investigating pertinent literature, devising potential learning solutions and implementing and evaluating them in practice.  This module allows students enrolled on the Masters in Advancing Healthcare Practice the opportunity to develop a professional practice portfolio to document their research journey.  This will support those who are new to research to understand managing a project, as well as providing evidence for professional recognition programmes e.g. Royal Pharmaceutical Society Faculty.

This module will enable healthcare professionals to:

  • Identify their learning needs in relation to conducting research;

  • Develop a research learning plan with their supervisor;

  • Improve ongoing critical evaluation of clinical practice;

  • Provide evidence in a portfolio that learning outcomes have been achieved

Recommended reading in addition to that provided in PMM1RM and PMM2RP  will be dependent on the competence to be developed and demonstrated and be discussed at an individual level.


Within the student’s defined area of professional development at work, the module will enable students to demonstrate:

  • knowledge/understanding/ awareness/intellectual curiosity

  • the skill of analysis

  • the skill of evaluation

Assessable learning outcomes:

The following outcomes will be evaluated:

  • coherent understanding of the practitioner’s role in research in their area of practice

  • analytical approach to their own research journey

  • demonstration of the required competencies in the area of practice (where mapped to a competency framework)

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:

This module does not provide any teaching resources itself.  This is a non-credit bearing module that provides evidence of development of research activity for healthcare practitioners. They will be encouraged to identify opportunities and outcomes to evidence meeting their learning plan.

Students will have regular tutorials with their academic tutor on the PMM1RM and PMM2RP modules and will be supported by a link tutor in CIPPET to develop this overarching portfolio.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Learning will be supported by:

  • Module handbook

  • Access to Blackboard, the university’s virtual learning environment, which will have key materials to support the development of learning contracts, reflective writing and competency assessment

  • Full access to the university’s library facilities

  • Access to an academic tutor to support development

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

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Portfolio 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

A flexible approach will be taken to the assessment to enable it to be tailored to the individual’s personal development plans and their learning contract. The portfolio assessment will consist of submission of the portfolio for marking and a portfolio viva.  It is anticipated that a portfolio containing the following key elements will be required:

  • Learning contract

  • Log of learning

  • Review of relevant competency, if mapped to a competency framework

  • Evidence of reflection on learning journey in research

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:

Assessment requirements for a pass:

The module will be assessed based on the Marking Criteria and Classification Frame Work for Taught Postgraduate Programmes, with a pass mark set at 50%.  There will be a requirement to pass all agreed components of the portfolio assessment.

Reassessment arrangements:

Students who do not obtain the required pass mark in the portfolio assessment will be given the opportunity to resubmit, on one further occasion, any individual component of assessment that has been failed.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Required text books – None

Specialist equipment – None

Printing and binding - for portfolios.  Currently library costs for printing are 5p a sheet b/w. A simple plastic folder can be purchased from stationers for around £2.

Last updated: 10 April 2019


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