MM1F29: Developing Professional Excellence

MM1F29: Developing Professional Excellence

Module code: MM1F29

Module provider: Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour; Henley Business School

Credits: 20

Level: Level 1 (Certificate)

When you'll be taught: Semester 1

Module convenor: Dr Can Ererdi, email:

Module co-convenor: Dr Olena Khlystova, email:

Pre-requisite module(s):

Co-requisite module(s):

Pre-requisite or Co-requisite module(s):

Module(s) excluded:

Placement information: na

Academic year: 2024/5

Available to visiting students: No

Talis reading list: Yes

Last updated: 28 May 2024


Module aims and purpose

The module aims to develop students’ professional excellence so they can thrive in their studies and careers. The module focuses on how the students can make the most of university experience to enrich their professional development. We introduce key skills and competences that helps business, management and accountants students to thrive in their studies (e.g., communication skills, business writing and time management). We move then to introduce professional development principles to the students – these include careers theories to practical skills that can help them to plan their career development over the course of their programme. The module will also introduce key career and employability skills to help the students with internships, placements or graduate position applications.

The module lead at the University of Reading Malaysia is Nur Amalina Borhan.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module, it is expected that students will be able to:

  1. Understand the principles of professional and career development in the context of Henley Business School.
  2. Critically analyse what contemporary organisations and businesses are looking for in the recruitment and selection process.
  3. Develop strategies to prepare (as a candidate) for recruitment and selection processes.
  4. Engage in personal reflection to design a career development plan.

Module content

  1. Introduction to the module
  2. Theories of vocational behaviour and career development
  3. Organisational culture theories & Researching and analysing organisations (Navigating the Job Market)
  4. Competency frameworks and job descriptions in organisations
  5. Recruitment and selection strategies of contemporary organisations. Understanding the mechanics of psychometrics, interviews and assessment centres
  6. Recruitment and Selection in the era of AI and Digital technologies
  7. Ethical considerations in AI and the recruitment and selection industry (e.g. ethics, diversity and inclusion)
  8. Career and individual resilience in changing business environment
  9. Transferrable skills (e.g., communication, teamwork, leadership, resilience, critical thinking and analysis, strategic planning)
  10. Practical knowledge of interview skills, CV writing and personal branding, presentation skills, commercial awarness (Business Model Me canvas)
  11. Reflexivity and Reflective practice. Business writing vs academic writing
  12. Debates on Career planning and its dynamics.


Teaching and learning methods

The students will receive a combination of lectures, workshops, facilitated training sessions and independent study to develop their knowledge and understanding of career development and how employers recruit placement students/graduates. The students will be able to work in-depth with Henley Careers and benefit from the insights of external speakers during the module.

This module may be taught in a different Semester if you are studying at our campus in Malaysia.

For students studying at our campus in Malaysia: This module may be taught in a different semester and the breakdown of study hours may differ to those set out in the Study Hours table (please refer to the Module Handbook for the correct breakdown). In addition, you will be required to complete an additional [40] hours of study, taking the total number of study hours to [240] for this module. This is to comply with the Malaysian Quality Agency (MQA).

Study hours

At least 29 hours of scheduled teaching and learning activities will be delivered in person, with the remaining hours for scheduled and self-scheduled teaching and learning activities delivered either in person or online. You will receive further details about how these hours will be delivered before the start of the module.

 Scheduled teaching and learning activities  Semester 1  Semester 2  Summer
Lectures 20
Project Supervision
Practical classes and workshops 10
Supervised time in studio / workshop
Scheduled revision sessions
Feedback meetings with staff
External visits
Work-based learning

 Self-scheduled teaching and learning activities  Semester 1  Semester 2  Summer
Directed viewing of video materials/screencasts 10
Participation in discussion boards/other discussions 10
Feedback meetings with staff
Other (details)

 Placement and study abroad  Semester 1  Semester 2  Summer
Study abroad

Please note that the hours listed above are for guidance purposes only.

 Independent study hours  Semester 1  Semester 2  Summer
Independent study hours 150

Please note the independent study hours above are notional numbers of hours; each student will approach studying in different ways. We would advise you to reflect on your learning and the number of hours you are allocating to these tasks.

Semester 1 The hours in this column may include hours during the Christmas holiday period.

Semester 2 The hours in this column may include hours during the Easter holiday period.

Summer The hours in this column will take place during the summer holidays and may be at the start and/or end of the module.


Requirements for a pass

Students need to achieve an overall module mark fo 40% to pass this module.

Summative assessment

Type of assessment Detail of assessment % contribution towards module mark Size of assessment Submission date Additional information
Portfolio or Journal Professional Excellence Portfolio 100 Word Limit 2,000 (+/- 10%) Semester 1, Assessment Week 1

Penalties for late submission of summative assessment

The Support Centres will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

Assessments with numerical marks

  • 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 three working days;
  • the mark awarded due to the imposition of the penalty shall not fall below the threshold pass mark, namely 40% in the case of modules at Levels 4-6 (i.e. undergraduate modules for Parts 1-3) and 50% in the case of Level 7 modules offered as part of an Integrated Masters or taught postgraduate degree programme;
  • where the piece of work is awarded a mark below the threshold pass mark prior to any penalty being imposed, and is submitted up to three working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline), no penalty shall be imposed;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than three working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

Assessments marked Pass/Fail

  • where the piece of work is submitted within three working days of the deadline (or any formally agreed extension of the deadline): no penalty will be applied;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than three working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension of the deadline): a grade of Fail will be awarded.

The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:

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.

Formative assessment

Formative assessment is any task or activity which creates feedback (or feedforward) for you about your learning, but which does not contribute towards your overall module mark.

Guided self-reflection exercises and activities in class or using online activities.


Type of reassessment Detail of reassessment % contribution towards module mark Size of reassessment Submission date Additional information
Portfolio or Journal Professional Excellence Portfolio 100 Word Limit 2,000 (+/-10%) During the University resit period August/September

Additional costs

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Travel, accommodation, and subsistence


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