PMMPL3-Evidence of personal learning 3

Module Provider: Pharmacy
Number of credits: 15 [7.5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites: Pre-requisites: Healthcare professional working at an approved practice site
Modules excluded: PMMPL1 Evidence of personal learning 1 PMMPL2 Evidence of personal learning 2 PMMPL4 Evidence of personal learning 4
Current from: 2019/0

Module Convenor: Miss Kat Hall


Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module is one of four module options aimed to support practitioners to take ownership of their previous study from non-credit bearing courses to demonstrate application of the acquired knowledge, skills and behaviours in their workplace.  This module is aimed at working healthcare professionals who can underpin their existing non-credit bearing learning with a professional portfolio of evidence.  The portfolio will support practitioners to reflect on their experiences and, as such, can be mapped to a competency framework of their choice.

The module can be studied stand-alone or as part of the MSc in Advancing Healthcare Practice.  Practitioners can only take one of the four Evidence of Personal Learning modules (PMMPL1, PMMPL2, PMMPL3 or PMMPL4).  Where practitioners are looking to undertake future continuing professional development, they should consider the Work Based Learning module (PMMWBL). Note that work that has been submitted as part of another formal credit-bearing qualification may not be used towards this module, except in accordance with the University’s Policy and Procedure for the Recognition of Prior Learning.


To support practitioners to critically reflect on their experiences and learning in their field of practice.  Each practitioner will be assigned an academic tutor who will agree the focus and approach to assessment.

Assessable learning outcomes:


  1. Demonstrate knowledge in the agreed field of practice

  2. Use literature influencing the agreed field of practice

  3. Analyse and explain the practitioner’s role in the agreed field of practice

  4. Where applicable, demonstrate the application of relevant professional frameworks to practice



  1. Critically analyse the literature within the agreed field of practice

  2. Present reflective accounts/case studies in a clear and appropriate style, including analysing the scenario and the practitioner’s role within it

  3. Critically reflect on knowledge, skills and behaviours in relation to practice

  4. Identify and prioritise current and future learning needs



  1. Continually advance own knowledge , skills and behaviours through continuing professional development and life-long learning

  2. Monitor own learning and development, including the identification of learning needs and planning of their acquisition

  3. Demonstrate the required competencies in the chosen field

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:

Each practitioner will be assigned an academic tutor who will agree the field of practice and approach to assessment.  Practitioners will be required to document their existing personal learning, including justification of the need and benefit to them in their field of practice.  Practitioners will be required to prepare a personal learning plan which outlines existing learning they intend to submit for assessment.  During an initial tutorial with their academic tutor this plan will be agreed and the requirements for submission detailed.  Where gaps are identified practitioners may be required to undertake supplementary activities to meet the requirement to demonstrate 150 hours of learning.


Examples of appropriate training that could be included:

  • Non-credit bearing CPD courses

  • CPD study days and/or conferences

  • Work based training

  • Workplace-based assessments

  • Structured reading applied to the field of practice

  • Workplace-based assessments

  • Written assignments

Global context:

This module is offered to UK practising healthcare professionals and is focused on the UK healthcare system.  The portfolio can be mapped to a professional framework for the field of practice, or a generic professional framework, such as the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Advanced Pharmacy Framework.  Where practitioners choose a framework, it can be UK based or international.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

This module is fully self-directed by the practitioner to meet the assessment requirements.  Students will have an initial planning tutorial with their academic tutor to determine the focus, personal learning plan and assessment requirements.  The specific content of the work-based learning component may therefore vary between practitioners and the table below shows approximate hours for guidance.  The final assessments submitted should represent a total of 150 hours of learning.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Tutorials 2
Work-based learning 137
Guided independent study:      
    Preparation for tutorials 2
    Essay preparation 7
    Reflection 2
Total hours by term 150 0 0
Total hours for module 150

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 50
Project output other than dissertation 25
Oral assessment and presentation 25

Summative assessment- Examinations:

  1. Oral assessment (professional portfolio of learning)

    • 20 minute portfolio viva

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

  1. Professional portfolio of learning

    • Portfolio contents review

  2. Reflective account

    • Written report of approximately 2,500 words

Formative assessment methods:

  1. Feedback from academic supervisor

  2. Feedback from peers in the work place

  3. Feedback from workplace-based assessors

  4. Optional formative feedback on draft reflective account

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:

  1. The professional portfolio of learning must be passed at 50% and contain all mandatory content

  2. The reflective account must be passed at 50%

  3. The portfolio viva must be passed at 50%

Reassessment arrangements:

Reassessment will usually be arranged within a three-month period.  Where required, and determined to be achievable, it will be arranged promptly so as not to delay any further study.  Individualised timings may be required depending on the specific requirements for reassessment.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

1. Printing and binding Students can submit most of their portfolio online.  Currently library costs for printing are 5p a sheet for black and white. A simple ring binder can be purchased from stationers for around £3.

Last updated: 16 December 2019


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