Introduction to Professional Skills - (30 credits)

This module is designed to develop analytical, technological, communication and learning skills. These will be developed in an appropriate vocational context by focusing on the key features of the para-professional sector within the animal industry. This will include consideration of the types and characteristics of the individuals and organisations within the para-professional sector and the various internal and external factors which influence their activities. Students will learn academic, professional and business type skills such as website creation, critical analysis, scope of practice, what makes a successful therapist and legislation surrounding the industry, However, delivery of the module aims to meet the needs of a diverse student profile and will therefore adopt a flexible approach centred around the personal development planning (PDP) process and the previous experience of the student.The Introduction to Professional; Skills module is intended to provide the academic, technical and personal skills essential for successful HE study and also to build confidence in the level of professional communication necessary for future employment within the para-professional sector.