Employability Skills

Unit 47: Employability Skills
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Programme title
BTEC Level 5 HND in Business Unit number and title
Unit 47
Employability Skills Assignment number & title
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Report on Work Based Experience Student name and No Assessor (s) Dr. Gordon Bowen, Dr. Gilbert Zbobgo, Dr Peter McGee Issue date 12 February 2014 Deadline(s) Written Work: 02-07 June 2014

Resubmission Yes Deadline TBA Late submission: Work submitted after the deadline, and within 2 weeks of the deadline, will be capped at a Merit grade unless extenuating circumstances apply- see

programme handbook for further information. Work submitted later than two weeks after the deadline will not be accepted. Feedback Feedback will be available within 3 to 4 weeks of the submission date.
Evidence checklist Check this carefully to make sure you hand in the right work We need to see: TickTickTick □ □
1. All Tasks answers provided in required format, word processed, cited with accurate sources where required.
2. All supportive materials supplied in Appendix, suitably titled and cross referenced to body of text.
General Guidelines
 The work you submit must be in your own words. If you use a quote or a illustration from somewhere you must give the source.
 Include a list of references at the end of your document. You must give all your sources of information.
 Make sure your work is clearly presented and that you use correct grammar.
 Wherever possible use a word processor and its ?spell-checker?.
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Introduction and background notes
Assignment Context and the Scenario
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This assignment is about assessing learners? preparation for employment. By carrying out this assignment learners are required to demonstrate that they have a good grasp of the skills that are needed to

successfully perform in the work environment. It consists of the skills required for general employment, such as interpersonal and transferable skills, and the ability to work with others in teams or groups,

including leadership and communication skills. Moreover, it also meant to assess the understanding of the day to day issues and therefore being able to solve problems.
In order to carry out this assignment, you should ideally consider an organisation you have worked or currently working and provide a brief profile of the organisation with your course (one page either in the

appendix or as a preamble).
The tasks in this coursework assignment are all based on your own personal scenario as describe above but your discussion should be supported by relevant theories and concepts.
Total recommended word limit is 3,000, including the one-page summary of the organisation chosen.
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Tasks What you must do Grading Criteria
Task 1:
A. Discuss how you would develop your own responsibilities and performance targets based on your experience of working in an organisation.
B. Using a specific situation you may have encountered, critically examine what you would have recommended for improvement or had taken any action to improve your performance.
Task 2:
A. Analyse a work based situation of yours and discuss how you would identify and suggest solution or you had identified and suggested a solution.
B. Identify and evaluate the various approaches and style that you would use to communicate a work based problem to your peers and supervisors using your own experience.
C. Examine the various time management strategies and analyse how you would manage your time and why.
Task 3:
A. Explain the role that you and your colleagues may have played as a team worker in your work based situation and analyse the group dynamics.
B. Identify and discuss alternative ways to complete a task as team and achieve the goals.
Task 4:
A. Investigate and analyse with appropriate tools and techniques one work-based problem in your work environment and develop strategy to resolving the problem with justification. Now assess the potential

impacts of implementing the strategy on the business.
Note: Task 4 is 2-page report and should be related to your work based experience in a specific organisation or business firm and submitted after a 15 minutes in-class presentation at the end of the semester.

You may submit with your coursework to the examination office.
1/L01
(1.1, 1.2, 1.3
1.4)
P/M/D
2/L02 (2.1,
2.2, 2.3)
P/M/D
3/LO3
(3.1,3.2,3.3)
P/M/D
4/LO4
(4.1, 4.2,4.3)
P/M/D
How your work will be assessed
1. Your work will be assessed using the Grading Criteria shown below under Grading Criteria and Learning Outcomes. These are shown against the tasks so that you know exactly which task(s) refer to which

criteria.
2. In the assignment you will have the opportunity to achieve at all levels ? Pass, Merit or Distinction ? and your highest achievement for each of the Grading Criteria will count. Occasionally a particular task

may offer restricted opportunities (i.e. the best grade anyone could achieve would be a Pass or Merit) in which case the maximum grade will be specified.
3. In in the event your work does not meet the Pass criterion in any of the Grading Criteria you will receive a R grades and will need to consult your assessing tutor about resubmission or other opportunities to

achieve the grades.
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Grading Criteria
Learning outcomes Pass LO1 Be able to determine own responsibilities and performance
1.1 develop a set of own responsibilities and performance objectives
1.2 evaluate own effectiveness against defined objectives
1.3 review how motivational techniques can be used to improve quality
of performance LO2 Be able to develop interpersonal and transferable skills
2.1 develop solutions to work based problems
2.2 communicate in a variety of styles and appropriate manner at
various levels
2.3 identify effective time management strategies LO3 Understand the dynamics of working with others
3.1explain the roles people play in a team and how they can work
together to achieve shared goals
3.2 analyse team dynamics
3.3 suggest alternative ways to complete tasks and achieve team goals
LO4 Be able to develop strategies for problem solving
4.1 evaluate tools and methods for developing solutions to problems
4.2 develop appropriate strategy for resolving a particular problem
4.3 evaluate the potential impact on the business of implementing the strategy
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Merit and distinction assessment criteria (contextualized) M1 Identify and apply relevant theories to find appropriate solutions
 An effective approach to study and research has been applied using appropriate examples based on assignment context and scenario to examine the own responsibility and individual appraisal

M2 Select/design and apply appropriate methods/techniques
 The ability to apply relevant techniques of Communication, interpersonal skills and problem solving
 The student supported the report using a range of sources of information that has been used. M3 Present and communicate appropriate findings
 An analysis of the effectiveness of working with others and team building using own experience of working with others and team building
 including an evaluation of the difficulties that arose and how they were aIDressed.
 A coherent, logical mechanism for developing effective team has been initiated D1 Use critical reflection to evaluate own work and justify valid conclusions
 Conclusions have been arrived at through synthesis of ideas and have been justified through practical examples from the scenario while explaining own responsibility and individual appraisal. D2

Take responsibility for managing and organising activities
 Autonomy/independence has been demonstrated when choosing relevant theories of communication and interpersonal skills
 Activities have been managed taking into account, class attendance research and submission dates various sources of information using proper referencing. D3 Demonstrate

convergent/lateral/creative thinking
 Alternative evaluation has been taken place when selecting and recommending team working and development including effectiveness of the team.
 Appropriate evaluation of development needs of individual
Internal verifier Dr Gordon Bowen and Professor Nurun Nabi Signature (IV of the brief) Date 08/02/2014
Glossary:
Analyse: Break an issue or topic into smaller parts by looking in depth at each part. Support each part with arguments and evidence for and against. (Pros and cons)
Critically Evaluate/Analyse: When you critically evaluate you look at the arguments for and against an issue. You look at the strengths and weaknesses of the arguments. This could be from an article you read in

a journal or from a text book.
Discuss: When you discuss you look at both sides of a discussion. You look at both sides of the arguments. Then you look at the reason why it?s important (for) then you look at the reason why it?s important

(against).
Explain: When you explain you must say why it is important or not important.
Evaluate: When you evaluate you look at the arguments for and against an issue.
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Identify: When you identify you look at the
Guide to student
1. Preparation guidelines of the Coursework Document:
a. All coursework must be word processed.
b. Document margins must not be more than 2.54 cm (1 inch) or less than 1.9cm (3/4 inch).
c. Font size must be within the range of 12 point in body text and heading 14 point
d. Standard and commonly used type face such as Times new Roman or Arial etc should be used.
e. All figures, graphs and tables must be numbered.
f. Material taken from external sources must be properly cited referenced using Harvard standard
g. Word limit must be strictly followed.
h. Works must be checked for similarity index (and report submitted) using the TURNITIN software
in Moodle site of the College VLE for submitting the assignment.
i. Do not use Wikipedia as a reference)
2. Plagiarism
Plagiarism is an academic offence and dealt with accordingly.
Plagiarism is presenting somebody else?s work as your own. It includes copying information directly from the Web or books without referencing the material; submitting joint coursework as an individual effort;

copying another student?s coursework; stealing coursework from another student and submitting it as your own work. Suspected plagiarism will be investigated and if found to have occurred will be dealt with

according to the college procedure. (For details on Plagiarism please see the student hand book)
3. Submission
a. All coursework must be submitted to the Examination office with cover page on/before deadline.
b. The student must attach a copy of the assignment brief along with the cover page and the report.
4. Good practice:
a. Retain a back-up soft copy of your assignment. You may email yourself
b. Make an extra hardcopy of your work submitted for your own reference or later use
5. Extension & Late Submission
If you need an extension for a valid reason, you must request one using a Coursework Extension Request Form available from the college and submit to the dept. head. Please note that the lecturers do not

have the authority to extend the coursework deadlines and therefore do not ask them to award a coursework extension.
The completed extension form must be accompanied by evidence such as a medical certificate in the event of you being sick. Late submissions with mitigating evidence will be accepted and marked according

to the college procedure. There must to be analysed a different problems in Task 2 and Task 4.

 

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