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Undergraduate Module Descriptors 2012/13

BE4004: Professional Studies One

Module Title Professional Studies One
Module Code BE4004
Module Tutor Tim Morgan
School Institute of Education and Public Services
CAT Points 15
Level of Study 4
Pre-requisites None
Co-requisites None
Restrictions Available only to students on the BEd (Hons) Primary Education / BA Primary Professional Education programmes
Brief Description

The module aims to prepare students at threshold level with knowledge and understanding of child development and to develop their thinking about teaching as a profession.

Indicative Syllabus

Students will be supported to make links between theory and practice by reflecting on: discussions, observations, relevant reading, experience, and by analysing children’s learning.


The syllabus will include: theories of child development, communication and language development, the role and place of play in child development and ways these underpin and inform statutory documentation and curricula guidance.


Issues addressed include: the Education System, the professional role of the teacher, the implementation of reflective practice, learning and teaching, the learning environment, school and society (equal opportunities, diversity, inclusive practice, values and beliefs), the outdoor learning environment.


Students are further prepared for the workplace through sessions on planning, assessment and evaluation. They will also understand and learn in partnership with a class teacher to appropriately respond to individual learning needs through case study of children who are demonstrating developmental milestones within the expected age related parameters


Students will develop an understanding of inclusive values and learn how to interpret Programmes of Study appropriately for a diversity of learning needs, in order to access all children to learning in the subject

Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to:

1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of legislation concerning the development and well-being of learners;

2. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key concepts and principles underpinning the statutory and non-statutory Early Years and Primary Curriculum;

3. With support, make judgements about the emotional, social, intellectual, cognitive and physical development of learners;

4. With support, make judgements about children’s communication and language development;

5. Work in collaboration with others and effectively engage in reflection and debate in a professional manner.

Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 30
Independent Learning Hours: 120
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 100% Coursework: Individual, standard written: 2000 words or equivalent
Special Assessment Requirements
Indicative Resources

The Library Catalogue contains full details of the current reading list for this module. Further details may also be found in the Module Guide.

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