BIOC40180 Professional Career Development

Academic Year 2022/2023

In the competitive graduate jobs market graduates need to be aware of the skills that employers are looking for, and be confident that they can provide evidence of these during the recruitment process. The Professional Career Development module has been designed to give students a competitive advantage in the market place and has been developed with the input of graduate recruiters, graduate students and business leaders.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should:
• Understand current industrial practice in the workplace and be aware of career opportunities and how to identify them.
• Understand the career planning process and be able to plan their career more effectively.
• Know how to search effectively for information for assignments, projects and career opportunities.
• Be familiar with the skills required by employers, have evaluated the skills they have already developed that are important for career success and practiced and developed their skills e.g. communication skills, project management skills, team working.
• Be able to write a C.V. and cover letter and in particular know how to customise CVs to specific job applications
• Work effectively as part of a team and develop interpersonal skills that are vital for the industrial jobs market
Students must complete and pass each component of the module in order to pass this module. In addition, students must attend the compulsory lectures. Students who fail to attend a specified number of compulsory classes or who fail to complete and pass a component will be required to take an additional assignment in order to be awarded the credits of this module and complete the programme.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Seminar (or Webinar)


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Active-learning and face-to-face lectures 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade

Not yet recorded.

Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

There will be feedback given immediately post-interview on the CV/cover letter and interview outcome

Name Role
Ms Leona Barry Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Edel Caraway Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Michelle Coen Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Aisling Harkin Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Cormac Murphy Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Carla Naltchayan Lecturer / Co-Lecturer