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Continuing professional development in practice

This module is aimed at people with a professional qualification (degree or professional equivalent) and who have undertaken at least 150 hours of continuing professional development (CPD) over the last four years. This may be modules from the OU or other providers or ‘non-course’ CPD completed for their organisation or professional bodies. Through two assignments and an end-of-module assessment you'll audit and evaluate this CPD activity and the impact that it has had on your work. You'll identify and progress appropriate development opportunities and the future direction of your learning through continuing professional development and evaluate ways in which you can share your learning in your organisation.

You'll spend about 100 hours on the module over the six months. You'll be provided with articles and online study materials about professional learning and development that will be used to provide an academic underpinning of your work. You'll have access to library databases where you will be able to obtain extra readings tailored to your work. Your learning is evidenced through the writing of two assignments and an end-of-module assessment. In these pieces of work you'll audit and evaluate the CPD activity that you have already undertaken and the impact that it has had on your work. You'll proceed through a structured framework used by the module to identify and progress appropriate development opportunities and the future direction of your learning through CPD.

Module

Module code
U810
Credits

Credits

  • Credits measure the student workload required for the successful completion of a module or qualification.
  • One credit represents about 10 hours of study over the duration of the course.
  • You are awarded credits after you have successfully completed a module.
  • For example, if you study a 60-credit module and successfully pass it, you will be awarded 60 credits.
30
Study level
To enable you to make international comparisons, the information provided shows how OU postgraduate modules correspond to the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications in England, Northern Ireland and Wales (FHEQ).
OU Postgraduate
FHEQ 7
Study method
Distance learning
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What you will study

This module is aimed at people who already have an initial professional qualification (degree or professional equivalent) and have undertaken at least 150 hours of continuing professional development (CPD) over the last three to four years. This development may be in the form of modules from the OU, other HE and non-HE providers or their own previous or current organisations; or other forms of ‘non-course’ CPD completed for their organisation or professional bodies.

You'll spend about 100 hours on the module over six months. You'll be provided with articles and online study materials about professional learning and development that will be used to provide an academic underpinning of your work. You will have access to library databases where you will be able to obtain extra readings tailored to your work. Your learning is evidenced through the writing of two assignments and an end-of-module assessment. In these pieces of work you'll audit and evaluate the CPD activity that you have already undertaken and the impact that it has had on your work. You will proceed through a structured framework used by the module to identify and progress appropriate development opportunities and the future direction of your learning through CPD.

You will learn

The module will enable you to improve the impact and value of your past, present and future CPD. To a great extent you can tailor your study to your own career aims and to projects that you are working on. It will help you to construct a personal CPD action plan and present a verifiable statement to others demonstrating your professional commitment to ongoing quality learning and development. In addition, you'll develop the necessary skills for studying at more advanced university levels.

Teaching and assessment

Support from your tutor

You will have a tutor to help you with the study material and mark and comment on your written work, and whom you can ask for advice and guidance. The support provided is entirely online. If you are new to The Open University, you'll find that your tutor is particularly concerned to help you with your study methods.

Contact us if you want to know more about study with The Open University before you register.

Assessment

The assessment details can be found in the facts box above.

You must use the online eTMA system to submit your tutor-marked assignments (TMAs) and where you will also receive feedback from your tutor on all of your work.

Course work includes

2 Tutor-marked assignments (TMAs)
End-of-module assessment
No residential school

Future availability

Continuing professional development in practice starts twice a year – in May and November. This page describes the module that will start in November 2020 and May 2021. We expect it to start for the last time in November 2023.

Regulations

As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the academic regulations which are available on our Student Policies and Regulations website.

    Entry requirements

    This module is for anyone who has undertaken at least 150 hours of CPD over the last three to four years. No technical knowledge is assumed, but you will be expected to participate in some online work.

    If you have any doubt about the suitability of the module, please speak to an adviser.

    Outside the UK

    This module is relevant to students in both a UK and non-UK context.

    Register

    Start End England fee Register
    07 Nov 2020 Apr 2021 -

    Registration now closed

    01 May 2021 Oct 2021 £1115.00

    Registration closes 15/04/21 (places subject to availability)

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    This module is expected to start for the last time in November 2023.

    Future availability

    Continuing professional development in practice starts twice a year – in May and November. This page describes the module that will start in November 2020 and May 2021. We expect it to start for the last time in November 2023.

    Additional costs

    Study costs

    There may be extra costs on top of the tuition fee, such as set books, a computer and internet access.

    Study materials

    What's included

    The Manager’s Good Study Guide (online), both study materials and supplementary resources via the Web; online discussion forums; as well as real time online tutorials.

    Computing requirements

    A computing device with a browser and broadband internet access is required for this module. Any modern browser will be suitable for most computer activities. Functionality may be limited on mobile devices.

    Any additional software will be provided, or is generally freely available. However, some activities may have more specific requirements. For this reason, you will need to be able to install and run additional software on a device that meets the requirements below.

    A desktop or laptop computer with either an up-to-date version of Windows or macOS.

    The screen of the device must have a resolution of at least 1024 pixels horizontally and 768 pixels vertically.

    To join in the spoken conversation in our online rooms we recommend a headset (headphones or earphones with an integrated microphone).

    Our Skills for OU study website has further information including computing skills for study, computer security, acquiring a computer and Microsoft software offers for students.

    If you have a disability

    The module is taught using study texts available from a website and online discussion forums. You will be expected to submit your assignments electronically. If you think you may have difficulty handling online material or operating a computer, please contact us about support which can be given to meet your needs. The study materials are available in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF). Some Adobe PDF components may not be available or fully accessible using a screen reader and musical notation and mathematical, scientific, and foreign language materials may be particularly difficult to read in this way.

    If you have particular study requirements please tell us as soon as possible, as some of our support services may take several weeks to arrange. Visit our Disability support website to find more about what we offer.