Introduce the CIPD Profession Map and explain how it is used by HR professionals and organisations.

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5DVP Developing Professional Practice 

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Developing Professional Practice

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Written responses on a Word document.

Activity 1: The Effective HR Professional

  • Introduce the CIPD Profession Map and explain how it is used by HR professionals and organisations.
  • Describe a range of knowledge, activities and behaviours (1 of each), from two selected professional areas, at Band 1 or 2.
  • Show how the elements of the CIPD Profession Map are used to demonstrate what it means to be an HR professional.

Activity 2: Group Dynamics & Conflict Resolution

  1. a. Select a theory/model to describe the factors which influence group dynamics. Apply this theory to an example of team development.

  2. b. Describe two examples of conflict resolution methods/models and apply these methods/models to an example of conflict that did/may occur.

Activity 3: Project Management

Summarise a recent or current business project (large or small) which you are familiar with (leading or as part of a project team). (Brief context).

  1. a. Describe how you have applied two project management/planning techniques during this project (show examples of their application).

  2. b. Describe how you have applied a technique(s) to analyse and resolve a problem during this project (relate a model/theory to your example).

  3. c. Explain how you successfully applied each of the three following techniques - possibly during the course of this project-

i. Influencing,

ii. Persuading and

iii. Negotiating with others

Activity 4: CPD

  1. Undertake a self-assessment of HR professional practice capabilities to identify your continuing professional development needs.

(You could access ‘my CPD map’ and undertake the self-assessment to produce the evidence - copy and paste your results into an appendix) and discuss findings in your own words. Justify why your CPD options will best meet your needs.

  1. Produce a Professional Development Plan (PDP) which sets out your professional development options – as outlined in 3.2. You must include a minimum of three objectives. (your table/plan will not be counted within the word count).

In six months’ time, you will be asked to reflect on the progress of your PDP:

Review and reflect on your PDP. Identify what progress you have made at achieving your goals; what amendments have been made/or will be made to meet future development needs? You could insert a column within your original PDP to do this.
















Evidence to be produced/required

Activity 1, 2, 3 & 4a & b: A Word document of your responses (3000 words +/-10%)

You should relate academic concepts, theories and professional practice to the task set in a critical and informed way, and with reference to key texts, articles and other publications and by using practitioner and professional examples for illustration. All reference sources should be acknowledged correctly and a bibliography provided where appropriate (these will be excluded from the word count).

Activity 4c: Reflection on your PDP.

Six months after your PDP submission, you are required to submit an amended PDP and highlight the changes and additions you have made to your PDP in a different font colour.

This will be uploaded to the separate 5DVP 3.3 submission area.

5DVP Learning Outcomes

Assessment Criteria

1. Understand what is required to be an effective and efficient HR professional.

1.1 Evaluate what it means to be an HR professional with reference to the CIPD’s most current Profession Map.

1.2 Describe the elements of group dynamics and conflict resolution methods.

2. Be able to perform efficiently and effectively as an HR professional.

2.1 Apply project management techniques.

2.2 Apply problem-solving techniques.

2.3 Apply a range of methods for influencing, persuading and negotiating with others.

3. Be able to apply CPD techniques to construct, implement and review a personal development plan.

3.1 Undertake a self-assessment of HR professional practice capabilities to identify continuing professional development needs.

3.2 Produce a plan to meet personal development objectives based on an evaluation of different options.

3.3 Reflect on performance against the plan, identify learning points for the future and revise the plan accordingly.

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