Professional Portfolio 1

The details
Health and Social Care (School of)
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Postgraduate: Level 8
Monday 02 September 2024
Friday 29 August 2025
02 October 2023


Requisites for this module



Key module for

MSC B90536 Professional Practice (Health Care),
DOCTB90460 Health Care Education,
DOCTB90060 Health Service Management,
DOCTB74060 Nursing,
DOCTB93060 Occupational Therapy,
DOCTB71260 Public Health (Health Visiting),
DOCTL59260 Social Care Education,
DOCTL59060 Social Services Management,
DOCTB62060 Speech and Language Therapy

Module description

The Professional Portfolio is a compulsory module within the Professional Doctorate in Health & Social Care programme.
An identical module, HS994, is completed during the programme, the aim being to enable the student to demonstrate continuing learning toward and at level 8.

Module aims

To offer doctoral preparation that integrates professional expertise and academic rigour

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the [learner] should be able to:

Demonstrate expert decision making

Engage in critical reflection upon practice

Systematically reflect upon working and leading within complex, multi professional environments

Make significant contribution to local and national health and social care provision through critical appraisal of current practice

Develop networks to facilitate self-development

Demonstrate self-directed, expert application of research techniques in the focused examination of a relevant practice-based topic

Module information

The module is taught over a period of a year. Student's engage in facilitated learning and reflection on current problems within their workplace. Reflective models are taught, critically considered and applied to real world problems within practice. Over the course of the year the student build a tool kit which will enable him/her to revisit problems and identify solutions.

Learning and teaching methods

Teaching and learning strategies Lectures introducing and examining key concepts (12 hours) Autumn Term 2 x 2 hour sessions Spring Term 2 x 2 hour sessions Summer Term 2 x 2 hour sessions Ebased and face to face supervision (10 hours) Individual learning and assessment work (278 hours)


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Professional Portfolio 1    100% 

Additional coursework information

Assessment task The student will present a 6000 word portfolio Supporting evidence for portfolio content will be available. The portfolio will be presented using a structure agreed with the module lead. This portfolio will address all the relevant module outcomes specified below. The content of the portfolio will be determined by the student and supervisor. The context of the portfolio will be the students workplace. The content of the portfolio will provide evidence of the students ability to function at an expert level within the defined workplace

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Mary Kennedy, email: mrkenn@essex.ac.uk.
Dr Mary Kennedy
Becky Hindle E: hscpgradmin@essex.ac.uk



External examiner

Dr Elaine Lehane
University College Cork
Senior Lecturer
Available via Moodle
Of 17 hours, 17 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.


Further information

* Please note: due to differing publication schedules, items marked with an asterisk (*) base their information upon the previous academic year.

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