Professional and Academic Development (Management and Marketing)

The details
Essex Business School
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 4
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 27 June 2025
21 March 2024


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BSC N200 Business Management,
BSC N201 Business Management (Including Foundation Year),
BSC N202 Business Management (Including Year Abroad),
BSC N204 Business Management (Including Placement Year),
BA NR19 Business Management and Modern Languages,
BA N1R9 Business Management with a Modern Language,
BSC N2N5 Management and Marketing (Including Foundation Year),
BSC NN25 Management and Marketing,
BSC NN2M Management and Marketing (Including Placement Year),
BSC NNF5 Management and Marketing (Including Year Abroad),
BA N19R Business Management and Language Studies,
MMANNN35 Marketing and Management,
MMANNN36 Marketing and Management (Including Placement Year),
MMANNN37 Marketing and Management (Including Year Abroad),
BSC N260 Business and Human Resource Management,
BSC N261 Business and Human Resource Management (including Placement Year),
BSC N262 Business and Human Resource Management (including Year Abroad),
BSC N263 Business and Human Resource Management (Including Foundation Year),
BA N29RCO Business Management with Language Studies

Module description

This module will provide our students with a foundation in core academic skill requirements with the intention of improving the standard of work across all first-year modules.

This module will also enable students to begin to focus on career planning and employability skills and establishing a career path. In addition, the module ensures that students have adequate access to their personal tutor on a regular basis.

Module aims

The aim of this module is:

  • To deliver a range of study skills and introduce professional development at the start of Essex Business School students’ undergraduate programmes.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students will be expected to be able to:

  1. To develop a knowledge and understanding of study skills in relation to the requirements of a first-year undergraduate programme.

  2. To prepare students for career planning and identifying future employers.

  3. To identify and understand the graduate-level roles and career paths available to business students.

  4. To be able to identify their own interests, skills and competencies, relevant to their future career choice.

  5. To be able to identify appropriate opportunities to gain relevant work experience while at university.

  6. To prepare effective applications for these opportunities.

  7. To enable students to reflect on their professional and learning development.

Module information


  • Business Week task 

  • Introducing the module – content and assessment.

  • Introducing personal tutoring and setting expectations and planning your first year of study.

  • Transition to university.

  • Navigating your programme of study, including expectations at UG level, Moodle, module outlines, types of assessment and reading requirements.

  • Introduction to essay planning and set essay plan assignment.

  • Critical reading and working with texts.

  • Introducing TALIS, articles, books and reading for different purposes.

  • Note taking - submit essay plans.

  • Reading for your assessments.

  • Essay writing.

  • Referencing and plagiarism.

  • Feedback session on essay plan and set essay for submission.

  • Session with personal tutors. 

  • The Graduate labour market (opportunities, recruitment and selection).

  • What do employers want?

  • Researching graduate skills and presentation from company.

  • The value of work experience and how to apply.

  • Practical session: networking and using social media.

  • Employer/skills talk.

  • Feedback on summative essay.

Learning and teaching methods

This module will be delivered via:

  • Nineteen 1-hour lectures.

Some careers work lectures will be 1½ hours.

Lectures will comprise of teaching, interactive activities, discussion and group work.


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   Learning Journal    25% 
Coursework   Career Reflective Assignment    25% 
Coursework   Essay    50% 

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
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Coursework Exam
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Hugh Kilmister, email:
Teaching will be undertaken by staff from the Business School, the Library and the Careers team.



External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


Further information
Essex Business School

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