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The Developing Professional

The Developing Professional

Code: LEA1LF001 /  Parts A and B
Extent: 9 ECTS (243 h), Part A (6 ECTS/162h), Part B (3 ECTS/81h)
Timing: Semester 1
Language: English
Level: Basic Studies
Type: Compulsory
 

Prerequisites

The course is part of the module Working in an international Environment and integrated with ICT Skills for Business 1 and English Business Communication.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, the student

  • is able to take responsibility for his/her own learning, set personal goals and work with respect toward the learning community
  • is able to plan, monitor and evaluate his/her professional self-development
  • understands the importance of motivation in a workplace setting
  • understand the challenges and opportunities personality and personal value differences bring to the workplace setting
  • is able to apply principles of teamwork and engage effectively in teamwork
  • is able to demonstrate multicultural sensitivity and competences
  • is able to communicate in a multicultural business environment
  • understands the basic organisational and labour market competence needs and is able to include these in his/her own professional development plans
  • is familiar with organisational structures
  • is able to engage actively in learning processes including the PBL process (PBL applied in the evening programme as appropriate) demonstrating the following:
    • self-confidence
    • learning and self-reflection skills
    • skills in information search, academic reading, analysis and application of critical knowledge
    • skills in problem recognition, creative problem-solving and critical thinking
    • skills in argumentation and presentation
    • skills in multicultural teamwork, cooperation and peer assessment
    • proactive professional attitude to studies and the learning community.
  • has enhanced his/her HH3S competences as applicable to the course.

Course contents

Part A: Professional Growth and Collaboration in Teams (6 ECTS)

Theme 1: Professional Growth - ”Individual”

  • Employer needs and expectations about employee competencies
  • Professional growth and developing into an expert
  • Competence models
  • Personality in business
  • Motivation in the workplace
  • Stress at work
  • Personal values at work
  • Organizational behaviour

Theme 2: Teamwork - ”Teams”

  • Business need for teams
  • Team roles
  • Team development
  • Team structure and dynamics
  • Resolving team conflicts
  • Organisational behaviour

PBL Process as part of themes 1–2 (applied in the GloBBA evening programme as appropriate)

  • PBL (Problem Based Learning) as social knowledge construction
  • Searching for sources
  • Critical assessment of sources
  • Further study and critical application of themes 1–3
  • Understanding the contribution of PBL toward professional competences

Part B: Cross-cultural Organization (3 ECTS)

  • Effect of globalization on people in organizations
  • Cultural differences and cultural intelligence (CQ)
  • Organizational behavior and intercultural communication
  • Effect of national culture on organizational culture and structure
  • Multicultural teamwork

Cooperation with the business community

Company guest speaker, students interview a company representative of their own choosing

International dimension

International and global business approach to course themes and topics, focus on developing knowledge and competencies for multicultural workplace and team situations

Teaching and learning methods

Independent studies
Team work
Resource lectures
Workshops
PBL tutorials (applied in the evening programme as appropriate)
Company visit, company speaker or company case
The assessment of one’s own learning 1 h

Accreditation of prior learning

Accreditation of prior learning is observed on the course according to separate instructions.

Teachers with the main responsibility for the course

Eeva Aarnio
Kevin Gore
Eva Herttuainen
Päivi Käri-Zein
Anita Pösö

Course materials

Articles from HAAGA-HELIA electronic libraries.
Earley, P. & Ang, S. & Tan, J-S. 2006. CQ Developing Cultural Intelligence. Stanford University Press. Stanford.
Helelä, M. 2009. PBL Guide. HAAGA-HELIA. Helsinki.
Hofstede, G. 1991. Cultures and Organizations: Software of the Mind. Harper Collings. London.
Pilbeam, St. & Corbridge, M. 2006. People Resourcing. Contemporary HRM in Practice. 3rd edition. Pearson Education Ltd. Harlow. Chapter 3.
Robbins, S. & Judge, T. 2008. Essentials of Organizational Behavior. 9th Edition. Pearson Education International.  Harlow.

Assessment criteria

Grade/Learning Outcomes

1 (Min. 40%
competence level)
3 (Min. 70%
competence level)
5 (Min. 90%
competence level)
Knowledge The student has limited understanding of the concepts and theories of organizational behavior at individual, group and organizational level. The student understands partly the concepts and theories of organizational behavior at individual, group and organizational level. The student understands fully the concepts and theories of organizational behavior at individual, group and organizational level.
Skills The student has limited capability to apply the principles of teamwork in a multicultural environment through excellent communication and leadership. The student is partly capable to apply the principles of teamwork in a multicultural environment through excellent communication and leadership. The student is fully capable to apply the principles of teamwork in a multicultural environment through excellent communication and leadership.
Competence The student has limited motivation to take responsibility for his/her own professional development and is not able to plan, monitor and evaluate his/her professional behavior. The student shows poor service and sales orientation as required by the HH3S policy. The student is partly motivated to take responsibility for his/her own professional development and is able to plan, monitor and evaluate his/her professional behavior. The student shows good service and sales orientation as required by the HH3S policy. The student is fully motivated to take responsibility for his/her own professional development and is able to plan, monitor and evaluate his/her professional behavior. The student shows excellent service and sales orientation as required by the HH3S policy.

 

Modes of assessment and their weights for the day implementation

 

Assessment

Targets (in Winha) 

Assessment target

Minimum grade of 1 required for all targets.

% of theme grade

% of course grade

Part A:

Theme 1

Professional Development

 

 

Attendance: Active and purposeful contribution to class activities

40%

 

21%

Assignment 1: Psychometric self-assessments

Pass/Fail

Assignment 2: Individual report on professional growth

60%

 Subtotal

100%

Part A:

Theme 2

Collaborating in Teams

 

Attendance: Active and purposeful contribution to class activities

20%

 

21%

Assignment 1: Psychometric self-assessment

Pass/Fail

Assignment 2: Team presentation

30%

Examination

50%

Theme ttotal

100%

Part B:

Cross-Cultural Organization

 

 

Attendance (individual)

15%

 

38%

Assignment 1: Team Culture Map (team)

20%

Assignment 2: Summary of Journal Article on CQ (individual)

10%

Assignment 3: Analysis of Organizational Culture (team) 20%
Assigment 4: Cross-Border Product (team) 15%

Exam (individual)

 20%

Theme total

100%

PBL Sessions

PBL session performance Assessment according to GloBBA evaluation martrix for PBL

100%

 

20%

PBL self-assessment: Midway

Pass

PBL self-assessment Final

Pass

Concept maps

Pass

Theme total

100%

 

 

 

100%

Modes of assessment and their weights for the evening implementation

Assessment

Targets (in Winha)

Assessment target

% of theme grade

% of total course grade

Part A:

Theme 1

Professional Development

 

Minimum to pass: Grade1 for all assessment targets.

 

 

 

33%

Assignment 1: Psychometric self-assessments

Pass/Fail

Assignment 2: Individual report on professional growth

Examination

50%

 

 

50%

 Subtotal

100%

Part A:

Theme 2

Collaborating in Teams

 

Minimum to pass: Grade1 for all assessment targets.

   

 

34%

Assignment 1: Belbin self-assessment

Pass/Fail

Assignment 2: Our Team Cultural Map 

50%

PBL session performance Assessment according to GloBBA evaluation matrix for PBL

50%

 

Theme total

100%

Part B:

Cross-Cultural Organization 

 

Attendance: individual

15%

 

33%

Assignment 1: Team Culture Map (team)

20%

Assignment 2: Summary of Journal Article on CQ (individual) 10 %
Assignment 3: Analysis of Organizational Culture (team) 20 %
Assigment 4: Cross-Border Product (team) 15 %

Exam (individual)

20%

Theme total

100%

 

 

 

 

100%

The assessment of one's own learning does not influence the course grade. The assignment is the same for all courses/modules and the answers will also be used for course/module development. The assignment is completed on an E-form.