DEVELOPING PROFESSIONALS - 2017/8

Module code: MAN1087

Module provider

Hospitality & Tourism Management

Module Leader

VAN ACHTERBERGH L Dr (Hosp & Tour)

Number of Credits

15

ECT Credits

15

Framework

FHEQ Level 4

JACs code

N890

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 9

Independent Study Hours: 110

Lecture Hours: 9

Laboratory Hours: 1

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework INDIVIDUAL REPORT (1500 WORDS) 40%
Project (Group/Individual/Dissertation) GROUP PROJECT (PRESENTATION) 60%

Alternative Assessment

In the event that a group project will not be suitable for reassessment, an individual essay will be assigned.

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

None

Module overview

Professional Development is a fundamental aspect of the personal and professional development of students as they progress through their University degree. This module provides the required foundation for students embarking upon a career in either the hospitality or tourism industries. Adopting a subject-specific approach, it offers students the opportunity to develop and refine both academic and professional skills and values as they strive to become professional, employable graduates. Drawing together the skills and expertise of the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, SPLASH and select industry partners, the module provides a tailored induction into professional development for students studying on hospitality and tourism degree programmes.

Module aims

Are able to develop the transferable skills, attitudes and abilities that will enable them to study effectively throughout their academic career, including: academic work, internships, work experience, professional training year and subsequently develop these further into their graduate career,

Develop a sound understanding of the key skills, values, characteristics and behaviours potential employers expect of a hospitality and tourism graduate,

Acquire the communication skills (verbal and non-verbal within individual and group contexts) required to perform effectively and succeed in academic and professional environments,

Demonstrate appropriate information technology skills required for academic and professional success

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Understand the basic concepts of information communication technology as applied in academic and professional environments and be confident in applying such skills (e.g. writing CVs, covering letters, etc) KCP
Adopt an independent, motivated, self-directed approach to academic learning and professional development by understanding how they learn and the relationship this has to the wider business environmen KCPT
Improve study and career management skills PT
Clearly articulate personal goals and evaluate progress towards their achievement KCPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

The thematic areas that the module focuses on include: 

Academic and Transferable Skill Development:


Information technology skills (including: Word processing (MS word), presentations (MS PowerPoint), compilation and analysis of spreadsheets (MS Excel)).
Verbal and non-verbal communication skills (including: presentation skills, group working, business report writing, online communication techniques, and feedback)
Study skills (including: reading, note-taking, proof-reading, time management, reflection, academic writing, use of library resources, and academic integrity)


Applied Professional Development for Hospitality and Tourism:


Employability: general and sector-specific skill set requirements
Developing professional identity, CVs and covering letters
Working with others and learning from experience (self and others)
Ethics and corporate social responsibility
Business awareness and acumen

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The key teaching and learning strategy is designed to encourage students to reflect upon the key skills and values required to develop a strong professional identity and successful career in the hospitality and tourism industries. The module is co-delivered with SPLASH and will draw upon a range of teaching and learning techniques to encourage students to actively engage and reflect upon their position as students and as future professionals in the hospitality and tourism industries. This will reflect the aims and learning outcomes above and will comprise of a range of classroom-based techniques including: lectures, class discussion and debates, presentations, case study analysis, role play scenarios, industry mentor visits from alumni and industry partners, that are designed explicitly to develop students’ critical ability and comprehension of the issues addressed. Classes and workshops will be delivered both in central teaching and in SPLASH and tutors will encourage all students to actively engage in the prepared activity. Additional readings, activities, online resources, and lecture slides will be available on SurreyLearn.

Assessment Strategy

The assessment methods for this module consists of:


an individual report (where students reflect upon their skills to date and their career aspirations within the hospitality and tourism sectors) (learning outcomes 2, 3 & 4), and
group presentation (develop a job specification, roles and responsibilities for an aspirational position in either the hospitality or tourism industry that is achievable on graduation) (learning outcomes 1, 3 & 4). 


All students will be required to demonstrate proficiency with Microsoft programmes as a component of this module (learning outcome 1). Unmarked formative feedback will be provided to students through a range of approaches, including question and answer sessions in class and discussions using Surrey Learn.

Reading list

Reading list for DEVELOPING PROFESSIONALS : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/man1087

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.