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Learning and Personal Development

Module titleLearning and Personal Development
Module codeESS1901
Academic year2024/5
Module staff

Dr Sarah Jackman (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks



Number students taking module (anticipated)


Description - summary of the module content

Module description

Developing your employability is a vital aspect of your time at university, as it prepares you for success in the wider world. This module allows you to begin working on your personal development from the time you begin university, maximising its effects. As well as working on your CV and finding opportunities for work experience, this module helps develop skills that will aid you in university life. Taking time to learn about essay writing, referencing and revision techniques will prove invaluable throughout your degree. You will also learn about the fantastic resources Exeter has to offer with regards to employability, volunteering and about opportunities available to you, such as the Exeter Award. Overall this module aims to help you begin the personal development necessary to succeed during and after your degree.  There are no pre or co-requisites for this module and it is suitable for non-specialist students.

Module aims - intentions of the module

The aim of this module is to encourage learning and personal development through reflective practice. The module will do this by engaging you in a series of teaching sessions designed to highlight and develop a number of key skills which are essential for effective student learning and future employability. The sessions will be delivered in a theoretical and practical format requiring you to engage yourself in the specific topics. The workshops will be delivered every 1 - 2 weeks, supported by a self-organised independent study. In order to inspire you, a series of presentations from current staff and students will be incorporated throughout the year.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Appreciate and apply the processes involved in team building, time management, referencing and plagiarism, note-taking, critical thinking, essay writing, reflective thinking and revision skills
  • 2. Describe and use the tools to aid in identification and development of personal and employability skills (namely ePDP and The Exeter Award)

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

    ILO: Personal and key skills

    On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

    • 3. Communicate professionally with other students, tutors and lecturers
    • 4. Manage your own learning time in relation to reading, course attendance, self- organised periods of study and formative / summative assessments in your modules throughout your degree

    Syllabus plan

    Syllabus plan

    Skills to make the most out of your lectures and resources including

    • Time management,
    • Note taking
    • Library skills
    • Revision skills
    • Exam technique
    • Referencing and plagiarism
    • eXfactor
    • Scientific studies being undertaken in Sport and Health Sciences
    • How to create a CV

    Learning and teaching

    Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

    Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

    Details of learning activities and teaching methods

    CategoryHours of study timeDescription
    Scheduled Learning and Teaching18Lectures
    Scheduled Learning and Teaching8SHS eXfactor (Team development event)
    Guided Independent Study10Preparing for formative assessment
    Guided Independent Study22Reading
    Guided Independent Study44Using employability webpage and attending workshops/courses


    Formative assessment

    Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
    ePDP reflective writingThe personal statement and action plan of e-PDP is to be written (approximately 1 A4 side of paper)1-4Peer marking and group reflection

    Summative assessment (% of credit)

    CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

    Details of summative assessment

    Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
    This module is a non-credit module so no summative assessment will take place.100


    Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

    Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
    None needed


    Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

    Cottrell, S. (2003). Skills for Success. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

    Cottrell, S. (2003). The Study Skills Handbook. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

    Ryall, E. (2010). Critical Thinking for Sports Students. Exeter: Learning Matters Ltd.

    Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

    For 'Web based Resources' in ELE, students can now access skills e-resources under the Student Resources button on the front page ( On the drop-down menu students should choose Undergraduate Skills where they will find resources on the following:

    Understanding Plagiarism

    Essay writing

    Presentation skills

    Time Management

    Team working

    Exams and Revision


    Reading and Notemaking


    Learn Higher website - has a wealth of resources on skills and personal development.

    Module has an active ELE page

    Key words search

    Learning, employability, study skills, time management

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