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Unit 25 Personal and professional development plan and portfolio

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Unit number 25: Personal and Professional Development for Scientists

Example Assessment Brief

Student Name/ID Number 
Unit Number and TitleUnit 25 Personal and Professional Development for Scientists
Academic Year2021-2022
Unit TutorKowsalya Venkatesa Perumal
Assignment TitlePersonal and professional development plan and portfolio
Issue Date17.05.2022
Submission Date 
IV Name & DateMrs. Fahmida Khan
Submission Format
PPD plan and portfolio You will consider the range of pertinent careers within the science sector to which you aspire. On exploring the skill and experience requirements of the career you seek, you will then evaluate your own knowledge, skills, experience, practice, values and beliefs in relation to this particular career. A focus on your own personal and professional development will be required. This will be ascertained by drawing up a development plan and curriculum vitae (CV), which will consider your own qualities, skills, and experience, current and future needs. This will then be utilised to produce a professional portfolio.
Unit Learning Outcomes
Explore the skill and experience requirements of careers within the science industriesAssess own personal and professional skillsProduce a personal and professional development planProduce a personal and professional development portfolio.
Unit 25
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Assignment Brief and Guidance
Task 1 : Go through the relevant websites and review the job opportunities and list them within the science industry, show some (2-3) screenshots of your research relevant to your PPD (P1)Assess the skills and experience needed for your careers in laboratory or related industry, and compare and contrast skills and experiences needed for two different science industry related jobs. (P2,M1)Analyse the availability and scarcity of the skills required in science industry and explain how will this findings helps you to choose your career (D1) Task 2 : Do your own SWOT analysis and write a report (P3)Based on your SWOT analysis, assess and evaluate your fitness in the science industry or selected job role. An assessment of your vocational experience and experiences such as formal study, employment and/or voluntary activity should be made. Based on that role job description and person specifications, propose and justify areas of development for the selected role. (P4,M2,D2) Task 3 : Design own personal and professional development plan for career path in the science industries using the given template (P5)Analyse different training and development opportunities available based on that role (P6)Explain the importance of networking to professional development and career progression and give the steps one must take for effective networking examples social media, conferences etc., (M3)Justify the contents of own personal and professional development plan in relation to the ‘person specification’ for a specific role relevant to own intended career path in the science industries (D3) Task 4 : Describe the most appropriate form(s) that own portfolio should take (P7)Develop a personal and professional development portfolio which will include a CV, profile on professional social network, and business cards. It should also include detailed information and examples, clear demarcation of existing experience and future training needs, and references to your sources and sources of further information for continued CPD. (P8)Justify the process intending to follow in order to create, maintain and update own portfolio (M4)
Text Box: 4. Evaluate own personal and professional development portfolio, identify areas for improvement, and explore how it will facilitate career progression within the science industries (D4)

Learning Outcomes and Assessment Criteria

PassMeritDistinction
LO1 Explore the skill and experience requirements of careers within the science industries 
P1 Review different job opportunities within the science industries   P2 Assess the skill and experience requirements of careers within the science industriesM1 Compare and contrast the skill and experience requirements of careers within the science industriesD1 Analyse availability and imbalance of skills within the science industries and suggest how your findings may affect your choice of career path
LO2 Assess own personal and professional skills  D2 Justify areas for development making reference to the ‘person specification’ and ‘job description’ for a specific role that you would intend to apply for in the science industries
P3 Complete a personal SWOT analysis, identifying strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threatsM2 Evaluate own suitability for a specific role in the science industries identifying shortcomings and areas for development
P4 Assess own suitability for a career in the science industries  
LO3 Produce a personal and professional development plan
P5 Design own personalM3 Explain theD3 Justify the contents of
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P6 Analyse different training and development opportunities own intended career path in the science industries
LO4 Produce a personal and professional development portfolio
P7 Describe the most appropriate form(s) that own portfolio should take   P8 Develop a personal and professional development portfolio which will include a CV, profile on professional social network, and business cardsM4 Justify the process intending to follow in order to create, maintain and update own portfolioD4 Evaluate own personal and professional development portfolio, identify areas for improvement, and explore how it will facilitate career progression within the science industries