FDSC20240 Professional Skills Developmen

Academic Year 2022/2023

This module is designed for undergraduates in the School of Agriculture and Food Science before they go on Professional Work Experience (PWE). The face to face lectures and online materials will give the student the foundation for understanding the skills they already have and those they wish to develop before and during their professional placement to maximise the benefits of the experience and to think about preparing for their future preferred career.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to:
• Assess the transferrable skills they have, and would like to develop and complete a personal SWOT analysis.
• Evaluate their level of self-awareness and self-management
• Appraise the strengths of different leadership styles and team roles.
• Appreciate the role of communication in giving and receiving feedback, assertiveness, negotiation, influence, managing difficult conversations and mentoring and coaching.
• Apply the basics of time management
• Develop goals for their professional development and investigate career options and have linked actively with the career services.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This module will be delivered through the UCD VLE system and practical tutorials that will consist of:
• Lectures
• Guest speakers
• Asynchronous learning through workbook exercises
• Support materials delivered through a repository of learning
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

Pre requisites - 'Information Skills' (RDEV10020) is a necessary pre requisite for doing this module.
Also this module is incompatible with the following PWE modules: ANSC30070, CPSC30010, ANSC30370, ANSC30230, AESC30170, BSEN30510, AERD30180, FOR30180, HORT30070, FDSC30160.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Reflective log and informational interview
Completion of the workbook and associated exercises to inform their reflective essay for submission at end of Trimester
Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale Yes


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Self-assessment activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback individually to students, post assessment - Students will receive feedback from the reflective essay Self-assessment activities- These take place during the module and inform student understanding and goal setting

Name Role
Mr Mark Cumisky Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Sinéad Flannery Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Martina Wallace Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11 Thurs 15:00 - 15:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 1, 5, 8, 10, 12 Thurs 15:00 - 16:50