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Public Works Professional Practice DProf

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Public Works Professional Practice DProf

Code
004N101
Start
October 2016
September 2016 (EU/INT induction)
Duration
2-3 years part-time
Attendance
Part-time
Fees
Year 1: £5,900
Years 2-4: £3,900 p.a
Additional years: £3,900 p.a
Course leader
Ifan Shepherd

The DProf by Public Works is a programme of advanced, doctoral-level study that is designed to enhance the professional capability of practicing senior managers and executives. It does this by developing the practitioner's skills of reflective practice, and providing the opportunity to undertake high-level, practice-based research within their organisation by means of a major research project.

Why study the DProf by Public Works at Middlesex University?

Our DProf by Public Works is designed for practising senior managers and executives who want to gain new insights and perspectives into management based on critical exploration of their own evolving professional practice. It is particularly appropriate for those wishing to improve their capability to lead and manage change in an established organisation or as well as for those who are building their own organisation. Because the DProf by Public Works includes a rigorous research project examining past workplace practice, it is particularly relevant for those looking to improve their professional practice by undertaking research into their past professional performance.

Course Highlights

  • It focuses on developing participants' individual capabilities as reflective practitioners, and through this enhancing their capability for undertaking high-level, practice-based research within their own workplace.
  • Because senior professionals have achieved a significant amount of both formal and informal learning, sometimes over many years, the DProf by Public Works provides an opportunity to make a claim for academic credits against relevant prior learning.
  • It is the professional equivalent of the academic PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) by Public Works, but designed specifically to support participants in undertaking practice-based research into their past workplace activities. While the knowledge gained from this research is equally rigorous to the PhD, it is distinctive in that the participant is placed at the centre of their research investigation, and their findings tend to be highly applicable within their organisation.
  • Participants? study paths and projects are tailored to meet their individual needs and interests, and those of their organisations.

For more information, please email professionals@mdx.ac.uk

What will you study on the DProf by Public Works?

The DProf by Public Works is divided into three main phases: the first and second last for a minimum of one semester (6 months) each, and the third continues for a minimum of three further years. Throughout the course, which is studied part time, your focus is on your professional activity in an organisational context. The DProf by Public Works provides a structured framework for critically understanding your past work-based activity, and equips you to operate as a reflective professional practitioner.

The research project provides an opportunity for you to critically evaluate the learning you have achieved while leading significant past change in the workplace, and to express this in writing in a systematic way that is both informed by and informs relevant theory.

  • Phase 1

    • Review of Professional Capability (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module provides an opportunity to show that you are equipped for the high-level work required on the rest of the doctoral programme in three areas: the ability to learn from experiential practice; the professional capability to lead workplace interventions; and the ability to undertake practitioner-oriented research. These capabilities are reported in a piece of persuasive written argumentation (the Review), supported by relevant documentary evidence, which critically evaluates and sets out your credentials for work at doctoral level in all three areas. Much of this review is retrospective, in that it considers your personal and professional learning leading up to this course, and your research competence to date. Some of it is more future oriented, in that it considers how well you are equipped to lead and manage emerging and new workplace activities, and how you intend to improve your capability for achieving these changes. The Review forms the basis for any claims made for the recognition and accreditation of prior learning (see below), both in relation to professional learning and research capability (such claims are included as appendices to the review).

    • Recognition and accreditation of prior learning, AND/OR elective modules (up to 90 Credits) - Compulsory

      Our DProf by Public Works is designed for practicing senior managers and executives who want to gain new insights and perspectives into management based on critical exploration of their own evolving professional practice. It is particularly appropriate for those wishing to improve their capability to lead and manage change in an established organisation or as well as for those who are building their own organisation. Because the DProf by Public Works includes a rigorous research project examining past workplace practice, it is particularly relevant for those looking to improve their professional practice by undertaking research into their past professional performance.

    • What is distinctive about the DProf by Public Works?
      • It focuses on developing participants' individual capabilities as reflective practitioners, and through this enhancing their capability for undertaking high-level, practice-based research within their own workplace.
      • Because senior professionals have achieved a significant amount of both formal and informal learning, sometimes over many years, the DProf by Public Works provides an opportunity to make a claim for academic credits against relevant prior learning.
      • It is the professional equivalent of the academic PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) by Public Works, but designed specifically to support participants in undertaking practice-based research into their past workplace activities. While the knowledge gained from this research is equally rigorous to the PhD, it is distinctive in that the participant is placed at the centre of their research investigation, and their findings tend to be highly applicable within their organisation.
      • Participants? study paths and projects are tailored to meet their individual needs and interests, and those of their organisations.

      For more information, please email professionals@mdx.ac.uk

  • Phase 2

    • Accreditation of advanced learning (up to 120 Credits) - Optional

      You are invited to submit written and evidenced claim for accreditation of advanced prior learning, again in an organisational context. Such a claim is likely to be made by participants who have significant professional experience and major responsibility for leading and managing change in their organisation.

    • Planning an Advanced Practitioner Research Programme (60 Credits) - Compulsory

      The main aim of this module is to enable you to consider the range of approaches and methodologies relevant to advanced professional practitioner research work, and to use this knowledge to design and plan one or more doctoral research projects aimed at developing your capability as a practitioner-researcher, advancing your organisation, and contributing to your community of practice and/or profession. The outcome of this module is a Learning Agreement, which you draw up to summarise the nature of the research project you intend to pursue in the final phase of the course. This will identify the professional activities in your organisation that will form the focus of your research, the research approach and techniques to be used in your investigation, and expected outcomes for yourself, your organisation and your profession.

  • Phase 3

    • Project (240-360 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module provides you with a means of applying the research skills gained during Phases 1 and 2 to a substantial project focused on your past role as change leader within your organisation. This practice-based research project provides a context in which you will be able to integrate and develop further your professional practitioner skills and knowledge. The project topic will be chosen in discussion with your academic adviser and chosen consultant(s), and will have major outcomes in terms of personal professional development, organisational benefits, as well as broader relevance to the professional community to which you belong. In contrast to the standard DProf, which involves research into workplace activities which have yet to take place, the DProf by Public Works involves research into workplace activities that you have already undertaken. This prior work be represented by one or more significant public works that emerged during the course of your previous organisational interventions. (Public works are evidence of significant personal innovations in the workplace, and may include strategic plans, methods, procedures, tools, organisational structures, ICT design and/or implementation specifications, etc. These may be related to the entire organisation or to specific operational areas.)

      For more information, please email professionals@mdx.ac.uk

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

How will the DProf by Public Works be taught?

You can enrol on the DProf by Public Works in September or February, and you will typically continue your studies part-time over 4 to 5 years. Most of your study can be undertaken while you continue your professional career, and involves the use of online study materials, regular interaction with a personal academic adviser, one or more specialist consultants, and your peers on the programme. There are occasional seminars, workshops and lectures which will involve you attending our north London campus, usually in the evening or at the weekend.

The DProf by Public Works recognises that professional practice is grounded in real organisations, and often in specific disciplines, and that practitioners will often belong to specific professional bodies. In order to recognise and harness the subject- and profession-specific nature of individual practice, DProf by Public Works participants will be encouraged to build learning relationships with their peers working in similar spheres of activity, and to develop their own research project in a specific business area. Specialist subject and professional advice will be available from expert and highly experienced staff within the Business School, throughout the programme of study.

In addition, expertise may be drawn from other relevant areas across the University, including:

  • business information systems
  • knowledge management
  • social science, politics
  • psychology
  • development studies
  • biomedical sciences
  • sport sciences
  • public health
  • risk management.

Your award title will reflect your chosen area of specialism, and will be one of the following:

  • DProf by Public Works Accounting Practice
  • DProf by Public Works Human Resource Practice
  • DProf by Public Works Business Practice
  • DProf by Public Works Law Practice
  • DProf by Public Works Economics Practice
  • DProf by Public Works Management Practice
  • DProf by Public Works Enterprise Practice
  • DProf by Public Works Marketing Practice
  • DProf by Public Works Finance Practice
  • DProf by Public Works Statistics Practice

For more information, please email professionals@mdx.ac.uk

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