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Continuing professional development in practice

This six-month module is aimed at people with a professional qualification (degree or professional equivalent) and who have undertaken at least 150 hours of continuing professional development (CPD) over the last three to four years. This may be modules from the OU or other providers or ‘non-course’ CPD completed for their organisation or professional bodies. Through two assignments and an end-of-module assessment you will audit and evaluate this CPD activity and the impact that it has had on your work. You will identify and progress appropriate development opportunities and the future direction of your learning through continuing professional development and evaluate ways in which you can share your learning in your organisation.

Qualifications

U810 is an optional module in our:

This module can also count towards F01, F37, D52 and C27 which are no longer available to new students.

We advise you to refer to the relevant qualification descriptions for information on the circumstances in which this module can count towards these qualifications because from time to time the structure and requirements may change.

Postgraduate Loans 

If you study this module as part of an eligible qualification, you may also be eligible for a Postgraduate Loan available from Student Finance England. For more information, see Fees and funding.

Module

Module code
U810
Credits

Credits

  • Credits measure the student workload required for the successful completion of a module or qualification.
  • One credit represents about 10 hours of study over the duration of the course.
  • You are awarded credits after you have successfully completed a module.
  • For example, if you study a 60-credit module and successfully pass it, you will be awarded 60 credits.
30
Study level
OU Postgraduate
SCQF 11
FHEQ 7
Study method
Distance learning
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What you will study

This is a six-month module aimed at people who already have an initial professional qualification (degree or professional equivalent) and have undertaken at least 150 hours of continuing professional development (CPD) over the last three to four years. This development may be in the form of modules from the OU, other HE and non-HE providers or their own previous or current organisations; or other forms of ‘non-course’ CPD completed for their organisation or professional bodies.

You will spend about 100 hours on the module over the six months. This will involve reading study material on professional learning and development, and writing two assignments and an end-of-module assessment. Through these pieces of work you will audit and evaluate the CPD activity that you have already undertaken and the impact that it has had on your work. You will proceed through the framework of the module to identify and progress appropriate development opportunities and the future direction of your learning through CPD.

You will learn

The module will enable you to improve the impact and value of your past, present and future CPD. It will also help you to construct a personal CPD action plan and present a verifiable statement to others demonstrating your professional commitment to ongoing quality learning and development. In addition, it will also help you to develop the necessary skills for studying at more advanced university levels.

Teaching and assessment

Support from your tutor

You will have a tutor who will help you with the study material and mark and comment on your written work, and whom you can ask for advice and guidance. If you are new to The Open University, you will find that your tutor is particularly concerned to help you with your study methods.

Contact us if you want to know more about study with The Open University before you register.

Assessment

The assessment details can be found in the facts box above.

You must use the online eTMA system to submit your tutor-marked assignments (TMAs).

Course work includes

2 Tutor-marked assignments (TMAs)
End-of-module assessment
No residential school

Future availability

Continuing professional development in practice starts twice a year – in May and November. This page describes the module that will start in November 2018 and May 2019. We expect it to start for the last time in November 2023.

Regulations

As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the academic regulations which are available on our Essential Documents website.

    Entry requirements

    This module is for anyone who has undertaken at least 150 hours of CPD over the last three to four years. No technical knowledge is assumed, but you will be expected to participate in some online work.

    If you have any doubt about the suitability of the module, please speak to an adviser.

    Outside the UK

    This module is relevant to students in both a UK and non-UK context.

    Register

    Start End England fee Register
    03 Nov 2018 Apr 2019 £1055.00

    Registration closes 18/10/18 (places subject to availability)

    Register
    04 May 2019 Oct 2019 £1055.00

    Registration closes 18/04/19 (places subject to availability)

    Register
    This module is expected to start for the last time in November 2023.

    Future availability

    Continuing professional development in practice starts twice a year – in May and November. This page describes the module that will start in November 2018 and May 2019. We expect it to start for the last time in November 2023.

    Additional costs

    Study costs

    There may be extra costs on top of the tuition fee, such as a laptop, travel to tutorials, set books and internet access.

    Ways to pay

    We know there’s a lot to think about when choosing to study, not least how much it’s going to cost and how you can pay.

    That’s why we keep our fees as low as possible and offer a range of flexible payment and funding options. To find out more see Fees and funding.

    Study materials

    What's included

    The Manager’s Good Study Guide (online), both study materials and supplementary resources via the Web; online discussion forums; as well as real time online tutorials.

    Computing requirements

    A computing device with a browser and broadband internet access is required for this module.  Any modern browser will be suitable for most computer activities. Functionality may be limited on mobile devices.

    Any additional software will be provided, or is generally freely available. However, some activities may have more specific requirements. For this reason, you will need to be able to install and run additional software on a device that meets the requirements below.

    A desktop or laptop computer with either:

    • Windows 7 or higher
    • macOS 10.7 or higher

    The screen of the device must have a resolution of at least 1024 pixels horizontally and 768 pixels vertically.

    To participate in our online-discussion area you will need both a microphone and speakers/headphones. 

    Our Skills for OU study website has further information including computing skills for study, computer security, acquiring a computer and Microsoft software offers for students. 

    If you have a disability

    The module is taught using study texts available from a website and online discussion forums. You will be expected to submit your assignments electronically. If you think you may have difficulty handling online material or operating a computer, please contact us about support which can be given to meet your needs. The study materials are available in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF). Some Adobe PDF components may not be available or fully accessible using a screen reader and musical notation and mathematical, scientific, and foreign language materials may be particularly difficult to read in this way.

    If you have particular study requirements please tell us as soon as possible, as some of our support services may take several weeks to arrange. Find out more about our services for disabled students.