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Learning outcomes to be examined in this assessment a) Critically reflect on learning across the programme and produce a personal development plan b) Demonstrate competence in a range of business and academic skills and apply them in an organisational/enterprise setting c) Communicate effectively both in written (reports, summaries etc.) and oral (presentations) form d) Collect and analyse appropriate data from a range of learning/information sources e) Undertake research tasks, both individually and in groups, with appropriate guidance f) Demonstrate understanding of global, ethical and organisational responsibility issues g) Produce a PDP covering the first 4 semesters of study at GSM London Percentage of marks awarded for module: These assessments add up to 100% of the marks for the module weighted as follows: IR = 0 this is formative for progress check only P = 20% BR = 60% RPDP = 20% Matriculation in Study Skills is dependent upon achieving a pass standard for each part of the coursework Assessment criteria Explanatory comments on the assessment criteria Maximum marks for each section Content, style, relevance, originality Each Assessment has detailed criteria which are discussed in the context of the classes in preparation for submission Included here are the specific criteria for the BR assignment Use of a variety of sources including both academicand news sources Analysis and critical evaluation of source materials Reporting findings and analysis of primary research 50% Format, referencing, bibliography Harvard 10 % Constructive critical analysis, introduction, conclusion Demonstration of a clear understanding of the issues. Executive summary. Evidence-based conclusions 40% Candidates must clearly label their ID Number on additional separate reference, formula or answer sheets. Detailed Briefs for Coursework Assessments: Assessment Task The assessment strategy for this module is for students to provide a portfolio of work that demonstrates their development of appropriate skills through the module. The portfolio of work consists of three parts. In order to pass the module students need to achieve a pass grade for each of the three elements of the assessment. Reassessment is by re-sit for each element of the module in which a pass grade has not been achieved. Two elements of the assessment are written assignment with the third being a verbal presentation. These assessments are designed to evaluate students’ appreciation of the power of reflection and how to engage in continuous personal development; report writing and presentation skills. This range of skills and abilities represents the core skills required for undergraduate study, but also key skills required for people entering the workforce as business graduates. Following pages will capture the detail of each assessment task, and the overall scheme of assessment is presented below. Assessment format Initial Reflective Log: Formative (ie feedback will be provided to support progression but no grade is awarded) Presentation: 20% Report: 60% Final Reflection and PDP: 20% Word limit Initial Reflection (IR): 1,000 words Presentation (P) – duration 10 minutes Report (R): 2,500 words Final Reflection and PDP (PDP): 1,500 words (NB: a proforma for this will be provided via the Student Portal in ms Word format, the students will be expected to complete the form for this assignment; failure to do so will impact upon the grade awarded) Learning outcomes to be examined in this assessment a) Critically reflect on learning across the programme and produce a personal development plan (IR, PDP) b) Demonstrate competence in a range of business and academic skills and apply them in an organisational/enterprise setting (P, R) c) Communicate effectively both in written (reports, summaries etc.) and oral (presentations) form (P, R) d) Collect and analyse appropriate data from a range of learning sources (R) e) Undertake research tasks, both individually and in groups, with appropriate guidance (R) f) Demonstrate understanding of global, ethical and organisational responsibility issues (R) g) Produce a PDP covering the first 2 semesters of study at GSoM (IR, PDP) Assessment criteria Explanatory comments on the assessment criteria Maximum marks for each section Content, style, relevance, originality This is provided in detail for each element of the assessment (see pages below) Format, referencing, bibliography Constructive critical analysis, introduction, conclusion Students should conform to the conventions of the above assessment format in the preparation of their assignments. The relevant assessment criteria have been stated to enable and guide students in the preparation of their work. Achievement of the learning outcomes and the application of relevant theories to the assessment task should be demonstrated.   1. Initial Reflection (Formative): Task: Write a report of about 1,000 words that encapsulates the following: • Your reflection upon your experiences of education and training during the past two years • A structured reflection on your development in the last two years including the key lessons learned • An analysis of your current situation, demonstrating understanding of strengths and weaknesses including the underlying reasons • An initial development plan which indicates areas where changes are required in order to improve performance and demonstrates how these changes will be made during the current and next semester of study (this is a period of approximately 6 months) Assessment criteria Explanatory comments on the assessment criteria Maximum marks for each section Content, style, relevance, originality This should be written as a personal reflection and also demonstrate an engagement with change N/A Format, referencing, bibliography This should be a structured analytical report with supporting references where required N/A Constructive critical analysis, introduction, conclusion Personal reflection and analysis in order to develop self-awareness. N/A   2. Oral presentation (20%) Task: Business Topic of Shared Interest Students should select a business topic of personal interest, but in which they are aware there is a degree of common interest among the group. Topics may be chosen freely, but the following suggestions may assist in making the choice: • An individual businessperson/entrepreneur • A case study of a particular business • A topic drawn from course materials • A topic from the news/business media of business relevance • A matter of personal business experience The Assignment Task Oral Presentations will be of 10 minutes duration, within which the student should allow adequate time for a few questions. Appropriate visual aids should be provided either using MS Powerpoint or an alternative medium such as a flipchart (MS Powerpoint, using a memory stick is strongly recommended) Appropriate support materials should be provided in the form of handouts Assessment The presentations will be assessed by the lecturer/tutor in both lectures and tutorials during weeks 8 and 9 of the semester, with an academic colleague as moderator. Marks (agreed between the lecturer/tutor and the moderator) and following paper feedback a debrief will be offered togroups of students in tutor groups; and as required each student one-to-one. The assessment criteria will be discussed with the classes in detail but are based upon: • Delivery including verbal and non-verbal communication • Content including interest of the topic and use of visual aids • Time Management 3. Written Report (60%) Content, style, relevance, originality Each Assessment has detailed criteria which are discussed in the context of the classes in preparation for submission Included here are the specific criteria for the BR assignment Use of a variety of sources including both academic and news sources Analysis and critical evaluation of source materials Reporting findings and analysis of primary research 50% Format, referencing, bibliography Harvard 10 % Constructive critical analysis, introduction, conclusion Demonstration of a clear understanding of the issues. Executive summary. Evidence-based conclusions 40% Report question: Study Skills Module from October 2013 The Olympic and Paralympic Games were held in London in Summer 2012. One of the major changes to delivery of the Games that has emerged in the last 10 years is the concept of sustainability. In the report that was published by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to show why London was selected as the venue for the 2012 games, the sustainability plan was mentioned as an important factor in the success (http://www.olympic.org/Documents/Commissions_PDFfiles/SportAndEnvironment/Sustainability_Through_Sport.pdf accessed 17.09.2013). The strapline used by the 2012 organisers was “Inspire a Generation” and this too relates to issues of legacy and sustainability. It is now more than 18 months since the events of the Olympic and Paralympic Games and therefore a good time to consider whether the UK managed to deliver a sustainable games. Starting from the IOC report on recent Olympic and Paralympic Games, which includes London 2012 sustainability (http://www.olympic.org/sustainability accessed 17.09.2013) and the recent case studies on sustainability and the London 2012 Olympics (http://www.cslondon.org/sustainable-games/ accessed 17.09.2013) write an analytical business report on the success of the London 2012 Olympic games in terms of sustainability. In your report (which must be written in business report format) you need to cover the following topics: • An executive summary which gives a brief overview of the argument in your report including key findings and conclusions • A brief overview analysis of the sustainability plan put forward by the organisers of the London Olympics, including all aspects of sustainability that were suggested • A detailed review of the delivery of one of the aspects of the sustainability of the London 2012 Games. This should include BOTH academic perspectives and news perspectives • A short opinion survey of the aspect of sustainability chosen for detailed review, carried out by you from a sample of students at GSM London • A conclusion which includes critical evaluation of the sustainability of the London 2012 Games based on the evidence that you have gathered both from your primary and secondary research, focusing on theaspect chosen for detailed review Word Limit – Not more than 2,500   4. Final Reflection and PDP (20%) Final Reflection and PDP Students are required to complete a PDP template as provided (this will be available via the Student Portal) to support them in writing a structured reflection and a PDP that will take them through the next 4 semesters of their undergraduate studies. Background: Reflection is one of the ways in which it is possible to extract value from learning experiences. Reflection does not come naturally to many undergraduate students and is not commonly taught in earlier training and educational experiences. This exercise is in place to encourage reflection early in undergraduate studies. The development of self-awareness and the ability to plan for improvement in one’s own performance or Personal Development Planning (PDP) is an important skill to assist students in improving their employability. At the end of this module students will be challenged to put in place a PDP which will take them through to the development of their final semester project. Task: Complete the PDP Template provided in about 1,500 words; and ensure that you include the following: • A review of your initial PDP, answering the question: how have you performed during this semester in making the changes that you identified? • A reflection on your development and performance during the semester, answering the question: what have you learned about your own performance during the semester (please note the programme or module learning objectives contained in handbooks should be used as objective measures of performance)? • An analysis of the current situation that you face identifying behaviours which require change, answering the questions: o What do I need to change in order to raise the standard of my performance? o Why are these behaviours happening, and why are they impacting upon my performance? • A PDP based upon your current performance level and the developmental changes that you will make during the next 4 semesters of your course, answering the question: how will I change the behaviours that are impacting upon my performance? Students should make use of the format provided below (editable electronic format is available from the Student Portal for this assessment. Assessment criteria Explanatory comments on the assessment criteria Maximum marks for each section Content, style, relevance, originality The style should be highly structured and demonstrate a strong personal engagement with development 5 Format, referencing, bibliography This should be a structured analytical report with full supporting references where required in Harvard Referencing System 2 Constructive critical analysis, introduction, conclusion This report needs to demonstrate clear analytical thinking with respect to personal development and change processes.. 3 Study Skills Module Reflection and PDP Proforma Personal Details: Name Student ID Programme of Study Date Commenced Study Skills Lecturer Reflection and PDP 1. Review of initial reflection and PDP (Please Note: the questions below are a guide for this section and should be deleted and your reflection put in this space) Has any significant change been achieved? What issues have you discovered with the initial reflection? What issues have you discovered with your initial plan? What are the key areas of learning from the past semester in terms of your personal development? 2. Analysis of the current situation: Self-Assessment – Internal Factors: Reflection Underlying reasons Strengths: (Insert Strengths here) Weaknesses: (Insert Weaknesses here) Self-Assessment – External Factors Factor Impact (Consider these external factors and the impact they may have on your studies) Opportunities: (Insert Opportunities here) Threats: (Insert Threats here) Analysis of current performance: Programme/Module Learning Outcome Current performance (In these boxes you should select 3 Learning Outcomes from the relevant handbooks to the programme of study or the modules that you are studying this semester) (In these boxes you should evaluate your performance this semester against the objective measure of the learning outcomes that you have chosen) 3. Personal Development Plan (Please note the period of the PDP is 4 semesters which is over a year) Area for Development Current situation Desired Outcomes Processes for change Timescale

Learning outcomes to be examined in this assessment a) Critically reflect on learning across the programme and produce a personal development plan
b) Demonstrate competence in a range of business and academic skills and apply them in an organisational/enterprise setting
c) Communicate effectively both in written (reports, summaries etc.) and oral (presentations) form
d) Collect and analyse appropriate data from a range of learning/information sources
e) Undertake research tasks, both individually and in groups, with appropriate guidance
f) Demonstrate understanding of global, ethical and organisational responsibility issues
g) Produce a PDP covering the first 4 semesters of study at GSM London
Percentage of marks awarded for module: These assessments add up to 100% of the marks for the module weighted as follows:
IR = 0 this is formative for progress check only
P = 20%
BR = 60%
RPDP = 20%
Matriculation in Study Skills is dependent upon achieving a pass standard for each part of the coursework
Assessment criteria Explanatory comments on the assessment criteria Maximum marks for each section
Content, style, relevance, originality Each Assessment has detailed criteria which are discussed in the context of the classes in preparation for submission
Included here are the specific criteria for the BR assignment
Use of a variety of sources including both academicand news sources
Analysis and critical evaluation of source materials
Reporting findings and analysis of primary research 50%
Format, referencing, bibliography Harvard 10 %
Constructive critical analysis, introduction, conclusion Demonstration of a clear understanding of the issues. Executive summary. Evidence-based conclusions 40%

Candidates must clearly label their ID Number on additional separate reference, formula or answer sheets.

Detailed Briefs for Coursework Assessments:

Assessment Task
The assessment strategy for this module is for students to provide a portfolio of work that demonstrates their development of appropriate skills through the module.

The portfolio of work consists of three parts. In order to pass the module students need to achieve a pass grade for each of the three elements of the assessment. Reassessment is by re-sit for each element of the module in which a pass grade has not been achieved.

Two elements of the assessment are written assignment with the third being a verbal presentation.

These assessments are designed to evaluate students’ appreciation of the power of reflection and how to engage in continuous personal development; report writing and presentation skills. This range of skills and abilities represents the core skills required for undergraduate study, but also key skills required for people entering the workforce as business graduates.

Following pages will capture the detail of each assessment task, and the overall scheme of assessment is presented below.

Assessment format

Initial Reflective Log: Formative
(ie feedback will be provided to support progression but no grade is awarded)
Presentation: 20%
Report: 60%
Final Reflection and PDP: 20%

Word limit

Initial Reflection (IR): 1,000 words
Presentation (P) – duration 10 minutes
Report (R): 2,500 words
Final Reflection and PDP (PDP): 1,500 words
(NB: a proforma for this will be provided via the Student Portal in ms Word format, the students will be expected to complete the form for this assignment; failure to do so will impact upon the grade awarded)
Learning outcomes to be examined in this assessment

a) Critically reflect on learning across the programme and produce a personal development plan (IR, PDP)
b) Demonstrate competence in a range of business and academic skills and apply them in an organisational/enterprise setting (P, R)
c) Communicate effectively both in written (reports, summaries etc.) and oral (presentations) form (P, R)
d) Collect and analyse appropriate data from a range of learning sources (R)
e) Undertake research tasks, both individually and in groups, with appropriate guidance (R)
f) Demonstrate understanding of global, ethical and organisational responsibility issues (R)
g) Produce a PDP covering the first 2 semesters of study at GSoM (IR, PDP)
Assessment criteria Explanatory comments on the assessment criteria Maximum marks for each section

Content, style, relevance, originality

This is provided in detail for each element of the assessment (see pages below)

Format, referencing, bibliography
Constructive critical analysis, introduction, conclusion
Students should conform to the conventions of the above assessment format in the preparation of their assignments. The relevant assessment criteria have been stated to enable and guide students in the preparation of their work. Achievement of the learning outcomes and the application of relevant theories to the assessment task should be demonstrated.


1. Initial Reflection (Formative):
Task:
Write a report of about 1,000 words that encapsulates the following:
• Your reflection upon your experiences of education and training during the past two years
• A structured reflection on your development in the last two years including the key lessons learned
• An analysis of your current situation, demonstrating understanding of strengths and weaknesses including the underlying reasons
• An initial development plan which indicates areas where changes are required in order to improve performance and demonstrates how these changes will be made during the current and next semester of study (this is a period of approximately 6 months)
Assessment criteria Explanatory comments on the assessment criteria Maximum marks for each section
Content, style, relevance, originality This should be written as a personal reflection and also demonstrate an engagement with change N/A
Format, referencing, bibliography This should be a structured analytical report with supporting references where required N/A
Constructive critical analysis, introduction, conclusion Personal reflection and analysis in order to develop self-awareness. N/A


2. Oral presentation (20%)
Task:
Business Topic of Shared Interest
Students should select a business topic of personal interest, but in which they are aware there is a degree of common interest among the group.
Topics may be chosen freely, but the following suggestions may assist in making the choice:
• An individual businessperson/entrepreneur
• A case study of a particular business
• A topic drawn from course materials
• A topic from the news/business media of business relevance
• A matter of personal business experience
The Assignment Task
Oral Presentations will be of 10 minutes duration, within which the student should allow adequate time for a few questions.
Appropriate visual aids should be provided either using MS Powerpoint or an alternative medium such as a flipchart (MS Powerpoint, using a memory stick is strongly recommended)
Appropriate support materials should be provided in the form of handouts
Assessment
The presentations will be assessed by the lecturer/tutor in both lectures and tutorials during weeks 8 and 9 of the semester, with an academic colleague as moderator. Marks (agreed between the lecturer/tutor and the moderator) and following paper feedback a debrief will be offered togroups of students in tutor groups; and as required each student one-to-one.
The assessment criteria will be discussed with the classes in detail but are based upon:
• Delivery including verbal and non-verbal communication
• Content including interest of the topic and use of visual aids
• Time Management

3. Written Report (60%)
Content, style, relevance, originality Each Assessment has detailed criteria which are discussed in the context of the classes in preparation for submission
Included here are the specific criteria for the BR assignment
Use of a variety of sources including both academic and news sources
Analysis and critical evaluation of source materials
Reporting findings and analysis of primary research 50%
Format, referencing, bibliography Harvard 10 %
Constructive critical analysis, introduction, conclusion Demonstration of a clear understanding of the issues. Executive summary. Evidence-based conclusions 40%

Report question: Study Skills Module from October 2013
The Olympic and Paralympic Games were held in London in Summer 2012. One of the major changes to delivery of the Games that has emerged in the last 10 years is the concept of sustainability. In the report that was published by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to show why London was selected as the venue for the 2012 games, the sustainability plan was mentioned as an important factor in the success (http://www.olympic.org/Documents/Commissions_PDFfiles/SportAndEnvironment/Sustainability_Through_Sport.pdf accessed 17.09.2013). The strapline used by the 2012 organisers was “Inspire a Generation” and this too relates to issues of legacy and sustainability. It is now more than 18 months since the events of the Olympic and Paralympic Games and therefore a good time to consider whether the UK managed to deliver a sustainable games.
Starting from the IOC report on recent Olympic and Paralympic Games, which includes London 2012 sustainability (http://www.olympic.org/sustainability accessed 17.09.2013) and the recent case studies on sustainability and the London 2012 Olympics (http://www.cslondon.org/sustainable-games/ accessed 17.09.2013) write an analytical business report on the success of the London 2012 Olympic games in terms of sustainability.
In your report (which must be written in business report format) you need to cover the following topics:
• An executive summary which gives a brief overview of the argument in your report including key findings and conclusions
• A brief overview analysis of the sustainability plan put forward by the organisers of the London Olympics, including all aspects of sustainability that were suggested
• A detailed review of the delivery of one of the aspects of the sustainability of the London 2012 Games. This should include BOTH academic perspectives and news perspectives
• A short opinion survey of the aspect of sustainability chosen for detailed review, carried out by you from a sample of students at GSM London
• A conclusion which includes critical evaluation of the sustainability of the London 2012 Games based on the evidence that you have gathered both from your primary and secondary research, focusing on theaspect chosen for detailed review

Word Limit – Not more than 2,500


4. Final Reflection and PDP (20%)
Final Reflection and PDP

Students are required to complete a PDP template as provided (this will be available via the Student Portal) to support them in writing a structured reflection and a PDP that will take them through the next 4 semesters of their undergraduate studies.

Background:
Reflection is one of the ways in which it is possible to extract value from learning experiences. Reflection does not come naturally to many undergraduate students and is not commonly taught in earlier training and educational experiences. This exercise is in place to encourage reflection early in undergraduate studies.
The development of self-awareness and the ability to plan for improvement in one’s own performance or Personal Development Planning (PDP) is an important skill to assist students in improving their employability. At the end of this module students will be challenged to put in place a PDP which will take them through to the development of their final semester project.

Task:
Complete the PDP Template provided in about 1,500 words; and ensure that you include the following:
• A review of your initial PDP, answering the question: how have you performed during this semester in making the changes that you identified?
• A reflection on your development and performance during the semester, answering the question: what have you learned about your own performance during the semester (please note the programme or module learning objectives contained in handbooks should be used as objective measures of performance)?
• An analysis of the current situation that you face identifying behaviours which require change, answering the questions:
o What do I need to change in order to raise the standard of my performance?
o Why are these behaviours happening, and why are they impacting upon my performance?
• A PDP based upon your current performance level and the developmental changes that you will make during the next 4 semesters of your course, answering the question: how will I change the behaviours that are impacting upon my performance?

Students should make use of the format provided below (editable electronic format is available from the Student Portal for this assessment.

Assessment criteria Explanatory comments on the assessment criteria Maximum marks for each section
Content, style, relevance, originality The style should be highly structured and demonstrate a strong personal engagement with development 5

Format, referencing, bibliography This should be a structured analytical report with full supporting references where required in Harvard Referencing System 2
Constructive critical analysis, introduction, conclusion This report needs to demonstrate clear analytical thinking with respect to personal development and change processes.. 3

Study Skills Module
Reflection and PDP Proforma
Personal Details:

Name
Student ID
Programme of Study
Date Commenced
Study Skills Lecturer

Reflection and PDP

1. Review of initial reflection and PDP
(Please Note: the questions below are a guide for this section and should be deleted and your reflection put in this space)
Has any significant change been achieved?
What issues have you discovered with the initial reflection?
What issues have you discovered with your initial plan?
What are the key areas of learning from the past semester in terms of your personal development?

2. Analysis of the current situation:
Self-Assessment – Internal Factors:
Reflection Underlying reasons
Strengths:
(Insert Strengths here)
Weaknesses:
(Insert Weaknesses here)

Self-Assessment – External Factors
Factor Impact (Consider these external factors and the impact they may have on your studies)
Opportunities:
(Insert Opportunities here)
Threats:
(Insert Threats here)

Analysis of current performance:
Programme/Module Learning Outcome Current performance
(In these boxes you should select 3 Learning Outcomes from the relevant handbooks to the programme of study or the modules that you are studying this semester) (In these boxes you should evaluate your performance this semester against the objective measure of the learning outcomes that you have chosen)

3. Personal Development Plan (Please note the period of the PDP is 4 semesters which is over a year)
Area for Development Current situation Desired Outcomes Processes for change Timescale

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