5CO03 Professional Behaviours and Valuing People

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Task One –Professional, ethical, and inclusive behaviours.

In this this task, you are required to demonstrate a professional level of knowledge and understanding in relation to ‘professional, ethical and inclusive behaviours’.

To complete the task, you should provide a written response to each of the points below, making appropriate use of academic theory and practical examples to expand your response and illustrate key points.

To help the reader, please make use of headings and assessment criteria references to signpost the assessment criteria being addressed.

  • Define the term professional and explain what it means to be a ‘people professional’. (AC 1)
  • Explore how the role of a people professional (either a generalist or a particular specialist) is evolving and the priorities this raises for continuing professional development (CPD) (AC 1)
  • Discuss the concept of ‘ethical values’, and how at least three ethical values that you hold personally, impact (or could impact) on your work as a people (AC 1.2)
  • Explain why it is essential for people professionals to contribute confidently to discussions, and ways of doing this that are (AC 1.3):
    • informed
    • clear
  • Discuss when and how to raise concerns when issues such as organisational policies or leadership approaches conflict with ethical values or (AC 1.4)
  • Provide a robust argument for ethical people practice that is supported by academic theory and details both the business and human benefits of people at work feeling included, valued and fairly (AC 2.1)
  • Drawing on your own or a hypothetical example of providing a people practice solution to meet a particular need or introducing a new policy or initiative, describe:
    • strategies for designing the solution/initiative so that it will be inclusive
    • strategies for checking that, when in practice, the solution/initiative engages and meets the needs of all those it is aimed (AC 2.2)


Your evidence must consist of:

  • Written responses to each of the 7 instructions above.

2100 words (+/-10%) – refer to the word count guidance for details.

Task Two – Professional Development

This task requires you to evidence your commitment and approach to continuing professional development (CPD). It is divided into three activities, which must all be completed.

There are different options for how you complete the 3 activities: these are

  • The CIPD Profession Map Self-Assessment Tool,
  • Offline documentation.

You should read the ‘General Instructions for the Activities’ first. Then read the ‘Guidance for Completing the Activities’ following the specific option you have chosen.

General Instructions for the Activities

ACTIVITY 1 (AC 2.3, AC 3.2). Using a range of information, including feedback from others, assess your practice against the FIVE CIPD Profession Map core behaviours listed below. The 5 core behaviours (all to be selected at associate level) are:

  • Ethical Practice
  • Professional Courage and Influence
  • Valuing People
  • Working Inclusively
  • Passion for Learning

Evidence to be presented:

  • In the main body of your assignment, write a short summary (approx. 150 words), of the information used to inform your assessment
  • Add your assessment pages as an

ACTIVITY 2 (AC 3.3) Having identified your main development needs in relation to these 5 areasformulate appropriate development activities to meet these needs and add these to your professional development/learning plan.

Evidence to be presented:

  • In the main body of your assignment, write a short explanation (approx. 250 words) for your choice of development activities
  • Add the relevant pages from your development/learning plan as an

ACTIVITY 3 (AC 3.4) A key element of CPD is reflecting on the impact of our learning, so that we can make further decisions about how to progress. Select 3 formal or informal development activities you have undertaken over the last 12 months and reflect on how each of these activities has impacted your behaviour and performance. (Consider how effective the activity has been and the extent of its impact. You might also consider what new needs or action points the activity raised for you.)

Note: this reflection is retrospective and not connected to the activities planned in activity 2 above.

Evidence to be presented:

-    Written reflections on 3 development activities (approx. 750 words)

Guidance for Completing the Activities (select ONE of the options below)

OPTION 1: The CIPD Learning Hub self-assessment tool and learning plan. This can be accessed at https://learninghub.cipd.org/d2l/home/6720.

  • For the self-assessment (Activity 1), access the tool (see link above). Select ‘Self-assessment’, ‘Associate level’, and add the 5 required behaviours - then complete your scoring. As you work through, take copies/screen-prints of each assessment to add as an appendix to your If you forget or make a mistake, simply opt to redo the process.
  • For the formulation of development activities (Activity 2), follow up your self-assessment by selecting ‘View recommendations’ where you will be able to select and add different activities to the ‘My Learning Plan’. Whilst the system presents you with suggested activities, it should be clear to your assessor that you have selected/added options that you determine to be most appropriate for your needs. Take copies/screen prints of the activities you have formulated to add as an appendix to your
  • For the reflections activity (Activity 3), select ‘My CPD Reflections’ and complete the ‘reflections ‘forms’. Embed these into your assignment (or attach as an additional PDF report if preferred). However, please ensure you still comply with the required word count for this activity.

(Important information regarding screen shots: We recommend editing out any personal data before submitting screen shots. This can be done quite easily using, for example, the ‘snip and sketch’ facility built into most office-based software and explained online as well as in our CIPD tutorials.)

OPTION 2: Offline Documentation.

  • For the self-assessment (Activity 1), complete the self-assessment for the core behaviours by adding an ‘X’ in the relevant columns.
  • For the formulation of development activities (Activity 2), determine appropriate development activities to meet your needs in relation to these 5 areas and add these to your (own format) professional development plan (PDP). The relevant pages (extract) of your PDP should be added as an appendix to your
  • For the reflections activity (Activity 3), provide your written reflections within the main body of your assignment.


Your evidence must consist of:

  1. A short written summary of information used to inform the assessment (Approx. 150 words) plus, CIPD Learning Hub ‘Self-assessment’ screen shots OR assessment templates for all 5 (Attached as appendices and not included in word count.)
  2. A short written explanation for choice of development activities (Approx. 250 words)

plus, CIPD Learning Hub ‘My Learning Plan’ screen shots OR relevant pages (extract) from PDP (Attached as appendices and not included in the word count.)

  1. Written reflections on 3 different development activities, presented either in CIPD Learning Hub ‘My Reflections’ format or as a free text written section within the (Approx. 750 words).

1150 words (+/-10%) – refer to the word count guidance for details.

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