BMSW4001 ACADEMIC AND EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS

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LEVEL/ LEFEL4
MODULE CODE/ COD Y MODIWL: BMSW4001
ACADEMIC AND EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS
ASSESSMENT TYPE/ MATH O ASESU: ASSIGNMENT
ASSESSMENT/COMPONENT/ ASESIAD/CYDRAN: 1
COMPONENT WEIGHTING/ PWYSAU’R CYDRAN: 100 %
WORD COUNT/ NIFER Y GEIRIAU: 4000 words
SUBMISSION DETAILS/ MANYLION CYFLWYNO:
 Make sure that Your Name , Your Student Number, Your Module Title,
Assignment Title and Your Module Lecturer’s Name are clearly shown on
the front page of your assignment
 All assignments must be submitted electronically to Moodle.
 DO NOT put this form into Turnitin or it will match many similarities with
other students’ submissions.
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CERTIFICATE OF HIGHER EDUCATION ASSIGNMENT
SPECIFICATION
Programme:
Certificate of Higher Education in Skills for the Workplace
Assignment
Title:
Academic and Employability Skills
Hand Out Date:
The 2ndWeek of Term
Submission
deadline:
Please refer to the assessments
schedule published on Students’ Hall
in Moodle and the Assessment Board
on campus
Late submission will result in a late penalty mark, as follows:
Up to one week late, maximum mark of 40% for first attempts and 0% for resubmissions. No work
will be accepted more than one week after the submission deadline
(Academic Quality Handbook 2016/17 7.5 (5))
MODULE AIM
1. To provide students with the underlying study/research strategies and software skills to facilitate
effective study in Higher Education.
2. To enable students to take responsibility for their own learning.
3. To enable students to gain confidence and competence as effective employees by developing a range
of employability skills such as reflection, time management and presentation skills.
LEARNING OUTCOMES
Upon the successful completion of this module, the student will be able to:
1. Analyse published literature relating to a specific topic or subject area and produce a fully
referenced, appropriately structured academic report.
2. Reflect on their learning using recognised models of reflection.
3. Research and present their findings in a variety of formats on a range of employability skills and
collect and analyse feedback on their delivery.
READING
Please refer to your module outline for relevant reading for this module. Your tutor will also provide links to
relevant articles on Moodle, which you will be expected to read and discuss as part of your weekly learning
activities
Referencing:
In the main body of your submission you must give credit to authors on whose research your work is based.
Append to your submission a reference list that indicates the books, articles, etc. that you have read or
quoted in order to complete this assignment (e.g. for books: surname of author and initials, year of
publication,title of book, edition, publisher: place of publication).
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ASSESSMENT
Assessment Component 1
Mode of assessment
Volume
Weighting
Practical portfolio of work (which may
include: evidence generated during
classroom activities / reflective reports /
structured academic reports / case study
analysis / abstracts etc.)
4000 words or equivalent
100%
PLEASE NOTE: Due to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the assessment brief for June
2020 term reflects the need for the entirety of the assessment to take place online.
TASK DESCRIPTION
Term 1 (Feb 2020)
Task 1 (2000 words) – 40% of the final mark for the module
Write an appropriately structured academic essay or report in which you analyse your own academic and
employability skills, referring to in-class activities and published literature.
Further guidelines :
– make use of the tools you learned in class (e.g. SWOT analysis, time management tools, PDP) and
try to apply them to your own situation.
– show an understanding of the world of work by citing relevant articles or advice from recruitment
agencies, job centres, etc.
– analyse and reflect on your academic progress e.g. by comparing how you felt about this module at
the beginning and at the end of term 1
Including scans of any in-class activities, own research notes and the feedback you received from the lecturer
(in the form of an appendix at the end of your document) will contribute to the mark.
Term 2 (June 2020)
Task 2 (2000 words) – 60% of the final mark for the module
Write an appropriately structured academic report where you reflect on your learning in this module, using
recognised models of reflection. Mention 4-5 topics from either of the two terms and reflect how useful they
have been to you, taking into consideration what you already knew and any learning undertaken by you
outside of the classroom. Analyse published literature relating to the specific topics you discuss and use the
feedback you received on all in-class activities.
TIP: focus on the different activities undertaken during class and reflect on your experience with regards to
chosen topics discussed in this module, not skills. Refer to the Weekly Schedule to see what topics were
covered.
Including scans/screenshots of any in-class activities, own research notes and the feedback you received
from the lecturer (in the form of an appendix at the end of your document) will contribute to the mark.
Please note: at the end of the module, the marks from both tasks will be merged into one overall
mark.
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GUIDANCE FOR STUDENTS IN THE COMPLETION OF TASKS
NOTE: The guidance offered below is linked to the five common assessment criteria
Research-informed Literature
Your work must be informed and supported by scholarly material that is relevant to and focused on the task(s)
set. You should provide evidence that you have accessed a wide range of sources, which may be academic,
governmental and industrial; these sources may include academic journal articles, textbooks, current news
articles, organisational documents, and websites. You should consider the credibility of your sources;
academic journals are normally highly credible sources while websites require careful consideration/selection
and should be used sparingly. Any sources you use should be current and up-to-date, mostly published
within the last five years or so, though seminal/important works in the field may be older. You must provide
evidence of your research/own reading throughout your work, using in-text citations in the main body of your
work and a reference list that is alphabetical at the end of your work. Please use the Harvard referencing
system.
Knowledge and Understanding of Subject
Your work must demonstrate the growing extent of your knowledge and understanding of concepts and
underlying principles associated with the subject area. Knowledge relates to the facts, information and skills
you have acquired through your learning. You demonstrate your understanding by interpreting the meaning
of the facts and information (knowledge). This means that you need to select and include in your work the
concepts, techniques, models, theories, etc. appropriate to the task(s) set. You should be able to explain the
theories, concepts, etc. meaningfully to show your understanding. Your mark/grade will also depend upon
the extent to which you demonstrate your knowledge and understanding; ideally each should be complete
and detailed, with comprehensive coverage.
Analysis
Your work must contain evidence of logical, analytical thinking, evaluation and synthesis. For example, to
examine and break information down into parts, make inferences, compile, compare and contrast information.
This means not just describing What! but also justifying: Why? How? When? Who? Where? At all times, you
must provide justification for your arguments and judgements. Evidence that you have reflected upon the
ideas of others within the subject area is crucial to you providing a reasoned and informed debate within your
work. Furthermore, you should provide evidence that you are able to make sound judgements and
convincing arguments using data and concepts. Sound, valid conclusions are necessary and must be
derived from the content of your work. There should be no new information presented within your conclusion.
Where relevant, alternative solutions and recommendations may be proposed.
Practical Application and Deployment
You should be able to demonstrate how the subject-related concepts and ideas relate to real world situations
or a particular context. How do they work in practice? You will deploy models, methods, techniques, and/or
theories, in that context, to assess current situations, perhaps to formulate plans or solutions to solve
problems, some of which may be innovative and creative. This is likely to involve, for instance, the use of
real world examples and cases, the application of a model within an organisation and/or benchmarking one
organisation against others based on stated criteria. You should show awareness of the limitations of
concepts and theories when applied in particular contexts.
Skills for Professional Practice
Your work must provide evidence of the attributes expected in professional practice. This includes
demonstrating your individual initiative and/or collaborative working. You must communicate effectively in a
suitable format, which may be written and/or oral, for example, essay, management report, presentation.
Work should be coherent and well-structured in presentation and organisation.
Essential Resources:

Resources listed on the lecture schedule and on Moodle

Programme of Study Handbook
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MARKING CRITERIA AND STUDENT FEEDBACK
This section details the assessment criteria. The extent to which these are demonstrated by you determines
your mark. The marks available for each criterion are shown. Lecturers will use the space provided to
comment on the achievement of the task(s), including those areas in which you have performed well and
areas that would benefit from development/improvement.
Common Assessment Criteria Applied
Marks
available
Marks
awarded
1. Research-informed Literature
Extent of research and/or own reading, selection of credible sources, application of appropriate
referencing conventions.
20
2. Knowledge and Understanding of Subject
Extent of knowledge and understanding of concepts and underlying principles associated with the
topics discussed in class. Content and its relevance to the assignment brief.
20
3. Analysis
Analysis, evaluation and synthesis; logic, argument and judgement; analytical reflection; organisation
of ideas and evidence.
20
4. Practical Application
Application of concepts, deployment of methods, materials, tools and theories, formulation of
innovative and creative solutions to solve problems.
20
5. Skills for Professional Practice
Written and presentational quality of the report, deployment of correct layout conventions, style,
structure, grammar, spelling, etc.
20
TOTAL
10

Assignment Mark (Assessment marks are subject to ratification at the
Exam Board. These comments and marks are to give feedback on module
work and are for guidance only until they are confirmed. )
Late Submission Penalties (tick if
appropriate)
%
Up to one-week late
40 Max
Over one week late
Fail
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COMMON ASSESSMENT AND MARKING CRITERIA
OUTRIGHT FAIL
UNSATISFACTO
RY
SATISFACTORY
GOOD
VERY GOOD
EXCELLENT
EXCEPTIONAL
Assessment
Criteria
REFER
(equivalent to 0-
29%
REFER
(equivalent to
30-39%*
PASS
(equivalent to
40-49%)
PASS
(equivalent to
50-59%)
MERIT
(equivalent to
60-69%
DISTINCTION
(equivalent to
70-79%
DISTINCTION
(equivalent to
80-100%
1. Research
informed
Literature
Extent of research
and/or own
reading, selection
of credible sources,
application of
appropriate
referencing
conventions
Little or no
evidence of
reading.
Views and
findings
unsupported and
non-authoritative.
Referencing
conventions
largely ignored.
Poor evidence of
reading and/or of
reliance on
inappropriate
sources, and/or
indiscriminate use
of sources.
Referencing
conventions used
inconsistently.
References to a
limited range of
mostly relevant
sources. Some
omissions and
minor errors.
Referencing
conventions
evident though
not always
applied
consistently.
Inclusion of a
range of
research
informed
literature,
including sources
retrieved
independently.
Referencing
conventions
mostly
consistently
applied.
Inclusion of a
wide range of
research
informed
literature,
including sources
retrieved
independently.
Selection of
relevant and
credible sources.
Very good use of
referencing
conventions,
consistently
applied.
A comprehensive
range of research
informed
literature
embedded in the
work. Excellent
selection of
relevant and
credible sources.
High-level
referencing skills,
consistently
applied.
Outstanding
knowledge of
research
informed
literature
embedded in the
work.
Outstanding
selection of
relevant and
credible sources.
High-level
referencing skills
consistently and
professionally
applied.
2. Knowledge and
Understanding of
Subject
Extent of
knowledge and
understanding of
concepts and
underlying
principles
associated with the
discipline.
Major gaps in
knowledge and
understanding of
material at this
level. Substantial
inaccuracies.
Gaps in
knowledge, with
only superficial
understanding.
Some significant
inaccuracies.
Evidence of basic
knowledge and
understanding of
the relevant
concepts and
underlying
principles.
Knowledge is
accurate with a
good
understanding of
the field of study.
Knowledge is
extensive.
Exhibits
understanding of
the breadth and
depth of
established
views.
Excellent
knowledge and
understanding of
the main
concepts and key
theories. Clear
awareness of
challenges to
established views
and the
limitations of the
knowledge base.
Highly detailed
knowledge and
understanding of
the main
theories/concepts
, and a critical
awareness of the
ambiguities and
limitations of
knowledge.
3. Analysis
Analysis,
evaluation and
synthesis; logic,
argument and
judgement;
analytical reflection;
organisation of
ideas and evidence
Unsubstantiated
generalisations,
made without use
of any credible
evidence. Lack of
logic, leading to
unsupportable/
missing
conclusions. Lack
of any attempt to
analyse,
synthesise or
evaluate.
Some evidence of
analytical
intellectual skills,
but for the most
part descriptive.
Ideas/findings
sometimes
illogical and
contradictory.
Generalised
statements made
with scant
evidence.
Conclusions lack
relevance.
Evidence of some
logical, analytical
thinking and
some attempts to
synthesise, albeit
with some
weaknesses.
Some evidence to
support findings/
views, but
evidence not
consistently
interpreted.
Some relevant
conclusions and
recommendations
, where relevant
Evidence of some
logical, analytical
thinking and
synthesis. Can
analyse new
and/or abstract
data and
situations without
guidance.
An emerging
awareness of
different stances
and ability to use
evidence to
support the
argument.
Valid conclusions
and
recommendations
, where relevant
Sound, logical,
analytical
thinking;
synthesis and
evaluation. Ability
to devise and
sustain
persuasive
arguments, and
to review the
reliability, validity
& significance of
evidence. Ability
to communicate
ideas and
evidence
accurately and
convincingly.
Sound,
convincing
conclusions /
recommendations
.
Thoroughly
logical work,
supported by
evaluated
evidence. High
quality analysis,
developed
independently or
through effective
collaboration.
Ability to
investigate
contradictory
information and
identify reasons
for contradictions.
Strong,
persuasive,
conclusions,
justifiable
recommendations
.
Exceptional work;
judiciously
selected and
evaluated
evidence. Very
high quality
analysis,
developed
independently or
through effective
collaboration.
Ability to
investigate
contradictory
information and
identify reasons
for contradictions.
Highly persuasive
conclusions
4. Practical
Application and
Deployment
Effective
deployment of
appropriate
methods, materials,
tools and
techniques; extent
of skill
demonstrated in
the application of
concepts to a
variety of
processes and/or
contexts;
formulation of
innovative and
creative solutions
to solve problems.
Limited or no use
of methods,
materials, tools
and/or
techniques.
Little or no
appreciation of
the context of the
application.
Rudimentary
application of
methods,
materials, tools
and/or techniques
but without
consideration and
competence.
Flawed
appreciation of
the context of the
application.
An adequate
awareness and
mostly
appropriate
application of well
established
methods,
materials, tools
and/or
techniques.
Basic
appreciation of
the context of the
application.
A good and
appropriate
application of
standard
methods,
materials, tools
and/or
techniques.
Good
appreciation of
the context of the
application, with
some use of
examples, where
relevant.
A very good
application of a
range of
methods,
materials, tools
and/or
techniques.
Very good
consideration of
the context of the
application, with
perceptive use of
examples, where
relevant.
Evidence of some
innovation and
creativity.
An advanced
application of a
range of
methods,
materials, tools
and/or
techniques.
The context of the
application is well
considered, with
extensive use of
relevant
examples.
Application and
deployment
extend beyond
established
conventions.
Innovation and
creativity evident
throughout.
Outstanding
levels of
application and
deployment skills.
Assimilation and
development of
cutting edge
processes and
techniques.
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5. Skills for
Professional
Practice
Demonstrates
attributes expected
in professional
practice including:
individual initiative
and collaborative
working;
deployment of
appropriate media
to communicate
(including written
and oral); clarity
and effectiveness
in presentation and
organisation.
Communication
media is
inappropriate or
misapplied.
Little or no
evidence of
autonomy in the
completion of
tasks.
Work is poorly
structured and/or
largely
incoherent.
Media is poorly
designed and/or
not suitable for
the audience.
Poor independent
or collaborative
initiative.
Work lacks
structure,
organisation,
and/or coherence
Can
communicate in a
suitable format
but with some
room for
improvement.
Can work as part
of a team, but
with limited
involvement in
group activities.
Work lacks
coherence in
places and could
be better
structured.
Can
communicate
effectively in a
suitable format,
but may have
minor errors.
Can work
effectively as part
of a team, with
clear contribution
to group
activities.
Mostly coherent
work and is in a
suitable structure.
Can
communicate
well, confidently
and consistently
in a suitable
format.
Can work very
well as part of a
team, with very
good contribution
to group
activities.
Work is coherent
and fluent and is
well structured
and organised.
Can
communicate
professionally
and, confidently
in a suitable
format.
Can work
professionally
within a team,
showing
leadership skills
as appropriate,
managing conflict
and meeting
obligations.
Work is coherent,
very fluent and is
presented
professionally.
Can
communicate with
an exceptionally
high level of
professionalism.
Can work
exceptionally well
and
professionally
within a team,
showing
advanced
leadership skills.
Work is
exceptionally
coherent, very
fluent and is
presented
professionally.

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