Personal and Professional Development

The purpose of writing a Learning Portfolio is to help you develop as an independent
It aims to assess you as a reflective learner, for your effort in thinking around
subjects and for evidence of your reading and critical thinking. Therefore, it will
directly help your self-development. The Learning Portfolio will also provide evidence
of your progress and on-going performance throughout terms 1 and 2.

The assessment criteria are based on the module learning outcomes:

To be included in your Learning portfolio:
1) An critical overview of the theories and model taught in the module related to your
own personal management and leadership skills
2) A written record of your personal and academic development over the two terms.
3) A critical reflection and evaluation of your learning experiences during the module
lectures and workshops
4) A completed skills audit of your own personal skills and attributes related to working
in a professional environment as a team member and a manager
5) A reflection of your own values, strengths and weaknesses relating to your own self
development needs and communication skills

Format for your portfolio

? Contents page ( not included in word count)
? Introduction to your portfolio – ie what it contains and how it meets the assessment
criteria (see module learning outcomes).
One paragraph max 200 words
? Completed self-development plan (template will be provided)
Maximum 500 words see below for more information
? Completed skills audit ( template will be provided)
Maximum 500 words
? A critical evaluation of two relevant models/theories of management/leadership
relevant to your personal development
Maximum 600 words
? Conclusion – Summary of your learning and achievements relating to this module (
200 words max)
? Appendix of relevant documents (not inc in word count)
? Bibliography ( not inc in word count)

Word guidance is 2,000.

Guidelines to keeping a Learning Portfolio
You need to start this in workshop 1 and continue adding to it throughout the module.
You will be given time during the workshops to add to your portfolio and your tutors
will support you with this. Therefore, it is vitally important that you come to every
In workshop 1 you will be given a folder and a copy of the Study Skills handbook for
you to use and keep. You are expected to bring this to every workshop with you and
to keep the materials, you are given in this folder.
Your self-development plan should contain one entry for each of the following 5 core
topics covered in the Lectures. Max 100 words per entry.

? Elements of Effective Self-Management in the Workplace
? Productive and rewarding one to one relationships
? Effective team working
? Leadership, influence and persuasion
? Managing oneself in the wider world /business environment

Some tips
As this is a personal portfolio it is important that you use personal pronouns (e.g. ?I?, ?me? and etc.). You should try to relate your learning experience to the theories discussed in the
It is important that you look beyond this module to your wider course and experiences as a student at Sussex to reflect on how you are developing personally and professionally.
As this is PG level you should aim to analyse and reflect, not just to describe.

A good portfolio will:
? Be written in a fairly personal style, using the first person singular (e.g. I)
? Link the reflection to the appropriate theory or theories
? Analyse, critique and comment, not just describe
? Focus on your learning process
? Make connections between ideas ? these may come from the lectures, your own
reading and/or discussions with others
? Show evidence of planning
? Show evidence of looking back
? Show evidence that you are reflecting on your progress
? Reflective action ? how are you going to change your behaviour in light of your

Your Learning Portfolio will also help you to:
1. Demonstrate your ability to master the major topics of the module
2. Best represent your strengths; articulate and track accomplishments in and outside the classroom
3. Link experiences and achievements within and between classes
4. Recognise emerging patterns in your programs and areas of interest, leading to more focus and better justification and substantiation of subsequent decisions and choices
5. Self-analyse and reflect; to develop your own learning curve; increase levels of self-understanding and your self-confidence as well as clarity of purpose and levels of motivation (in the lectures)
6. Be more proactive in planning and pursuing your educational and post-graduate opportunities

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