Unit 3 Employability And Professional Development Assignments


Unit Assessment Information

Qualification                             : Higher National Diploma in Computing and Systems Development

Unit Code & Title                    : Unit3–Employ ability and Professional Development (EPD – 16 – 001)

Assessment Title & No’s     : Undertaking a community development project for personal development

Learning outcomes and grading opportunities:

LO 01: Be able to take responsibility for own personal and professional development 
Learning OutcomesLO 1.1LO 1.2LO 1.3 LO 1.4   
LO 02: Be able to demonstrate acquired interpersonal and transferable skills 
Learning OutcomesLO 2.1LO 2.2     
LO 03: Understand the dynamics of working with others 
Learning OutcomesLO 3.1LO 3.2     
LO 4: Be able to develop strategies for problem solving 
Learning OutcomesLO 4.1LO 4.2LO 4.3    

 

Merit and Distinction Descriptor
M1M2M3D1D2D3    
Assessor                  :                                                           Date Assessed:

Internal Verifier (IV):                                                     Date of IV: 

Unit Assessment Information

Qualification                             : Higher National Diploma in Computing and Systems Development

Unit Code & Title                    : Unit3–Employability and Professional Development (EPD – 16 – 001)

Assessment Title & No’s     : Undertaking a community development project for personal development

Learning outcomes and grading opportunities:

LO 01: Be able to take responsibility for own personal and professional development 
Learning OutcomesLO 1.1LO 1.2LO 1.3 LO 1.4   
LO 02: Be able to demonstrate acquired interpersonal and transferable skills 
Learning OutcomesLO 2.1LO 2.2     
LO 03: Understand the dynamics of working with others 
Learning OutcomesLO 3.1LO 3.2     
LO 4: Be able to develop strategies for problem solving 
Learning OutcomesLO 4.1LO 4.2LO 4.3
Merit and Distinction Descriptor
M1M2M3D1D2D3
Date Issued            :                                                               Date Due                         :                              

Date of Submission:

           Assignment Brief

BTEC Level 4-5 HNC/HND Diploma (QCF)

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Edexcel No                               :                                     Registration No:                                   Batch No:

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Assignment Brief

Task -1, Task – 2, Task 3 and Task – 4 are based on the scenario selected by you and approved by your tutor as below.

Identify a problem from the environment or community and plan, organize, lead and control a small scale project in a nature of a fund raising event executed with careful guidance of a supervisory lecturer (tutor of the unit) as a collective team effort combining skills of the entire students in your batch. However, team members must understand the importance of the event and then must recognize their interdependence in achieving goals of the event.

Assume that you have been employed as a Project Coordinator for the above project and address the following:

Task 01

Develop a report and address the following points considering the above scenario.

  • Reflect on own current skills and competencies against professional standards and organizational objectives of the project to fit in to the abovementioned position(LO 1.1)
  • Evaluate own development needs and the activities required to function in the above position.

(LO 1.2)

1.3 Devise a personal and professional development plan (PDP) based on identified

needs necessary to carry out tasks as a project coordinator. (LO 1.3)

1.4  Reflect on own development against original aims and objectives set in the personal

and professional development plan you have already developed on the above section. (LO 1.4)

 Learners are encouraged to concentrate on M1.1 and D1.1 in order to achieve and merit grade descriptors when addressing the above tasks.

Task 02

Present your work verbally (15 -20 Mins) with use of a multimedia format:

2.1 Present on methods you have used to communicate in a variety of styles and appropriate manner at various levels of stakeholders of the project. (LO 2.1)

2.2 Present evidence on how you have demonstrated effective time management strategies learnt,when carrying out the project. (LO 2.2)

Learners are encouraged to concentrate on M3.3 in order to achieve distinction and merit grade descriptors when addressing the above tasks.

Task 03

Develop a report and address the following points considering the above scenario.:

3.1 Analyse team dynamics, discussing the roles people play in a team and how they can work together to achieve shared goals expected to achieve through carrying out the project (LO 3.1)

3.2 Discuss alternative ways to complete tasks and achieve team goals relevant to the

project undertaken (LO 3.2)

Learners are encouraged to concentrate on D2.2 in order to achieve merit grade descriptors when addressing the above tasks.

Task 04

Develop a report and address the following points considering the above scenario

4.1 Review tools and methods used for developing solutions to problems encountered in the

project (LO 4.1)

4.2 Explain how you have developed an appropriate strategy for resolving a particular problem encountered when completing the project (LO 4.2)

4.3 Evaluate the potential impact of implementing the strategy on the project (LO.4.3)

Learners are encouraged to concentrate on M 2.4 and D3.2 in order to achieve distinction and merit grade descriptors when addressing the above tasks  

Outcomes/Criteria for PASSPossible evidencePossible evidence provided by the learner Achieved
LO1 Be able to take responsibility for own personal and professional development
1.1 reflect on own current skills and competencies against professional standards and organisational objectivesTask 1.1  
1.2 evaluate own development needs and the activities required to meet themTask 1.2  
1.3 devise a personal and professional development plan based on identified needsTask 1.3  
1.4 reflect on own development against original aims and objectives set in the personal and professional development planTask 1.4  
LO2 Be able to demonstrate acquired interpersonal and transferable skills
2.1 communicate in a variety of styles and appropriate manner at various levelsTask 2.1  
2.2 demonstrate effective time management strategiesTask 2.2  
LO3 Understand the dynamics of working with others
3.1 analyse team dynamics, discussing the roles people play in a team and how they can work together to achieve shared goalsTask 3.1  
3.2 discuss alternative ways to complete tasks and achieve team goalsTask 3.2  
LO4 Be able to develop strategies for problem solving 
4.1review tools and methods for developing solutions to problemsTask 4.1  
4.2develop an appropriate strategy for resolving a particular problemTask 4.2  
4.3evaluate the potential impact on the project of

implementing the strategy

Task 4.3  
Grade Descriptor for MERITPossible evidence by the student Feedback
M1. Identify and apply strategies to find appropriate solutions.

M1.1       Effective judgments have been made

To achieve M1, the Personal development plan must be done by making effective judgments wherever needed 

M2. Select/design and apply appropriate methods/techniques

M2.4the selection of methods and techniques/sources has been justified

 

To achieve M2, you must develop solutions for problems and appropriate strategy for resolving problems and implementing the strategy through different analytical methods and techniques.

 

M3. Present and communicate appropriate findings.

M3.3    A range of methods of presentation have been used and technical language has been accurately used

Grade Descriptor for DISTINCTIONPossible evidenceFeedback
D1. Use critical applications to evaluate own work and justify valid conclusions.

D1.1 conclusions have been arrived at through synthesis of ideas and have been justified

To achieve D1, after each analysis, valid conclusions must have been arrived at through synthesis of ideas with justification

1.

 

 
D2. Take responsibility for managing and organizing activities

D2.2 Substantial activities, projects or investigations have been planned, managed and organized

To achieve D2 you must have managed and executed all the substantial activities involved in the project team

 

 
D3. Demonstrateconvergent/lateral/creative thinking.

D3.2Self-criticism of approach has taken place

You must have self-criticized the development of the solutions for problems and appropriate strategy for resolving problems and implementation of the strategy through different analytical methods and techniques 
Strengths:  Weaknesses:   
Future Improvements & Assessor Comment:

Assessor:                                                                                                             Signature:                                                                                           Date: ____/____/___

Internal Verifier’s Comments:

Internal Verifier:                                                                                             Signature:                                                                                           Date: ____/____/_

Professional Development
 

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ICON College of Technology and Management

BTEC HND in Computing and Systems Development

(CSD)

Unit 03: Employability & Professional Development (L4) Session: September 2014 Coursework

This Unit will be assessed by Assignments, Problem-solving and Presentation.

You are strongly recommended to read

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Preparation guidelines of the 

Coursework Document (section 3) 

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 before answering your assignment.

The entire Coursework comprises (a) Assignment and (b) Problem-solving

Study & Presentation.

Assignment:

Case Study/ Scenario

A small IT market research company named APEX IT Solutions, consists of 6 people who are all adept at dealing with the many and varied problems associated with conducting surveys, such as designing the necessary computer software, briefing interviewers, etc. The company hires interviewers for its surveys and the 6 permanent staff never carry out interviews themselves. Recently, the company was asked to conduct a market research survey for a food manufacturer, and details of the activities which the survey will involve are given below.

Activity A:

Design a Survey (6 weeks) and (5 number of staff required per week)

Activity B:

Print Questionnaire (2 weeks) and (1 staff required per week). Starts after A

Activity C:

Engage interviewers (2 weeks) and (3 staff required per week). Starts after A

Activity D:

Prepare Interviewer instruction sheets etc.(1 week) and (1 staff pw). Starts after A

Activity E:

Set up computer software (2 weeks) and (2 staff pw). Starts after A

Activity F:

Brief Interviewers (1 week) and (2 staff pw). Starts after C and D  Activity G: Test Computer Software (1 week) and (2 staff pw). Starts after E  Activity H: Supervise field work (5 weeks) and (4 staff pw). Starts after B and F

Activity I:

 Analyse results (3 weeks) and (5 staff pw). Starts after G and H  Activity J: Prepare report (2 weeks) and (5 staff pw). Starts after I

LO1: Be able to take responsibility for own personal and professional development

CW1 Individual Personal & Professional Development 1.1 Reflect on own current skills and competencies against the IT Manager 

s Main responsibilities, Qualifications and Key Skills as specified in the Job description for  APEX IT Solutions.

[P1.1]

1.2 Evaluate own development needs as an IT Manager at APEX IT Solutions and the activities required to meet them.

[P1.2, M1]

1.3 Devise a personal and professional development plan such as current performance, future needs, SWOT based on identified needs IT Manager at APEX IT Solutions.

[P1.3]

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