ENG07039 2019 Professional Development & Employability

General Details

Full Title
Professional Development & Employability
Transcript Title
Professional Development & Emp
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Subject Area
ENG - Engineering
COEL - Computing & Electronic Eng
07 - NFQ Level 7
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Louise O'Gorman, Mary Nolan, Eva Murphy
Programme Membership
SG_EMTRN_B07 201900 Bachelor of Engineering in Mechatronic Engineering SG_EMTRN_J07 201900 Bachelor of Engineering in Mechatronic Engineering (Add-on) SG_EMTRN_J07 202000 Bachelor of Engineering in Mechatronic Engineering SG_EMECH_N07 202000 Certificate in Mechatronic Engineering SG_ETRON_J07 202200 Bachelor of Engineering in Electronic and Computer Engineering (Add-on) SG_EELCO_B07 202200 Bachelor of Engineering in Electronic and Computing SG_EELEC_H08 202100 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Electrical Engineering and Sustainability

Professional Development & Employability is an impending graduate skills module that offers a variety of professional skills to support the development of the graduate's early career. 

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Undertake a critical audit of their skills and capabilities for their professional career


Employ the correct communication approach (presentation, poster, report) and use reference material correctly.


Demonstrate professional ethics in engineering,  including the role of an engineer in society, environmental and health, safety & risk issues.


Interpret the roles of teams and leadership.


Prepare a personal development plan and work preparation plan (including CV, Cover letter).

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Two hour interactive weekly workshop where each of the 4 sections are explored.

Computer room required.

Module Assessment Strategies

Research, Referencing and Presenting - write a paper

Engineering Ethics  - present a case study on ethical/unethical engineering

Understanding Oneself - online tests, e.g. Belbin, Myers Briggs etc

Job Readiness - develop online professional profile, CV, PDP and cover letter

Repeat Assessments

Repeat of the Continuous assessments over the summer.

Indicative Syllabus

Research, Referencing and Presenting

  • The importance of good academic sources
  • Plagiarism and Referencing
  • The use of reference management tools such as endnote
  • Journal Paper layout
  • Poster Presentations
  • Presentation techniques 
  • Report Writing

Engineering Ethics

  • Discussion around professional ethics.
  • Describe the main aspects of the Institution of Engineers code of ethics.
    • The engineers should show knowledge and awareness of  :
      • Engineers role in society
      • Social and environmental factors in the design process
      • Common environmental hazards
      • Potential health, safety and risk issues of engineering projects.
  • Case study - unethical engineering

Understanding Oneself

  • Varying Personality types, and their associated strengths and weaknesses 
  • Self-tests using online resources to establish personality type
  • Self-tests to establish team role
  • Working within a team
  • Leadership styles
  • Team roles, where do you fit? 
  • Personal Development Plan
  • Ability to plan and develop self-directed Continuing Professional Development (lifelong learning) to improve their knowledge and competence.

Job Readiness

  • Develop a career action plan
  • Describe the elements of the recruitment process
  • Write an effective CV and Cover Letter
  • Describe and demonstrate how to prepare for interview and approach interview questions
  • Describe and demonstrate  the process of networking and improve skills
  • Describe and demonstrate  the role of social media in the job search process
  • Present a short group presentation on employment prospects in a particular Business sector





Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Ethics Coursework Assessment Group Project 25 % Week 8 1,3
2 Referencing Coursework Assessment Essay 25 % Week 3 2,3
3 Understanding self Coursework Assessment Individual Project 25 % Week 5 1,4,5
4 Job Readiness Coursework Assessment Assignment 25 % Week 11 1,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Workshop/Seminar Computer Laboratory Practical 2 Weekly 2.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Directed Learning Not Specified Practical 1 Weekly 1.00
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 1.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2018-08-14 What Color Is Your Parachute? 2019 Ten Speed Press
ISBN 0399581685 ISBN-13 9780399581687

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