Use this topic information guide as an outline of the topic and reference point for your learning.
The aim of the topic is to look at professional development options across a range of sectors, and develop strategies to implement effective programs.
By the end of this topic, you will be able to:
- explain the principles of professional development
- define differences according to sectors
- develop a strategy for program implementation
- work as an effective member of a team
All assignments for this topic must be submitted using FLO, unless the assignment format or an internet access issue prevents this. The principle is: if an assignment is created in an electronic format, it should be submitted and returned in an electronic format.
If you have an internet access issue, please apply to the topic coordinator at least three weeks before the first assignment is due to discuss alternative arrangements for submitting your assignment.
There are three assignments for this topic. Refer to the Calendar tab or block for due dates. Refer also to the Assessment information (Statement of Assessment Methods).
||Complete short answer questions about professional development. Submit your answers to FLO every two weeks.
||Benchmark three professional development programs in your employment sector or one you choose, Highlight the pros and cons of each and propose a strategy for developing your own (report).
||In a group, develop a professional development program for a selected sector. Submit your individual contributions to FLO.
You are expected to choose your own resources relevant to your interests. There is no set text for this topic, however, you will be directed to readings in each week.
Some readings will be provided as eReadings through the library link and others will be provided for you or found in a website link. Readings Selected readings for this topic may be provided in electronic format as eReadings. To access eReadings
select the Readings and Library resources link from the Topic links block on your FLO topic site. Select the Readings link on this page (look for the icon) to display the list of eReadings for this topic
The Study plan contains details of the learning activities you need to carry out in order to complete your studies for the topic.
The calendar maps your activities for this topic. You can also use the FLO calendar to the right of this screen to see assignment due dates and key semester dates.
||Submit your answers to FLO every two weeks, commencing Week 2.
||Submit your report in Week 7.
||Submit your individual contribution (from group work) to FLO in Week 11.