HND Assignment Brief

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Programme title
BTEC HND in Computing and Systems Development (CSD)
Unit number and title
Unit 3

Employability & Professional Development
Assignment number &
title

1 of 1

Employability & Professional Development
Assessor (s)
Mr Gasso W. Mwaluseke
Final submission
Deadline

12 - 17 January 2015



Late submission
Deadline
19 - 24 January 2015
Work submitted after the deadline, and within one week of the deadline, will be marked from Pass grade unless extenuating circumstances apply- see programme handbook for further information. Work submitted later than one week after the deadline will not be accepted.
Resubmission Deadline
TBA

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:

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.






Internal verifier

Dr M. J. Hasan

Signature (IV of the brief) *


M. J. Hasan


Date:


07/10/2014


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 readPreparation guidelines of the
Coursework Document (section 3) 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 Managers 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]


1.4    Reflects on own development as an IT Manager at APEX IT Solutions against original aims and objectives set in your personal and professional development plan. [P1.4, D1]

LO2: Be able to demonstrate acquired interpersonal and transferable skills

CW 2 Interpersonal & Transferrable Skills
2.1    Communicate in a variety of styles  such as verbal and non-verbal , openness and responsiveness , formal and informal feedback to and from colleagues  at various level
in an appropriate manner  such as personal effectiveness, working with others, use of
initiative, negotiating skills, assertiveness skills, social skills as an IT Manager at APEX IT Solutions [P2.1]
2.2    Demonstrate effective time management strategies such as adopted prioritizing workloads; setting work objectives; using time effectively; making and keeping
appointments and reliable estimates of task time as an IT Manager at APEX IT
Solutions [P2.2, D2]



LO3: Understand the dynamics of working with others

CW3 Dynamics of Working with Others
3.1    Analyze team dynamics such as  informal and formal settings; discussing the roles people play in a team specialist roles, such as skill and style/approach mixes and how
they can work together such as team building, identity, loyalty and commitment to shared beliefs to achieve shared goals as an IT Manager at APEX IT Solutions [P3.1,
M2]

3.2    Discuss alternative ways to complete tasks such as setting standards, motivating, innovative and responsive and achieve team goals as an IT Manager at APEX IT Solutions [P3.2]



LO4: Be able to develop strategies for problem solving

CW4 Develop strategies for problem solving
4.1    Review tools and methods such as timescale, stages, resources and critical  path analysis for developing solutions to problems such as completing IT survey for all levels of end users within the time set at APEX IT Solutions [P4.1]                 online marketing assignment help

Problem-solving Study:

Problem-solving Study Specification

4.2    Develop an appropriate strategy (use appropriate tools) for resolving the problem such as such as stated below for APEX IT Solutions as explained in the case Study.


You have been appointed as an IT project Manager for this project.  You are required to:

1.  Determine the maximum number of weeks this project will take to complete
2.  Determine the number of floats
3.  Calculate the number of permanent staff (i.e. excluding interviewers) who will be required for each week of the project, assuming that each activity starts as early as possible.
4.  Given the number of staff required, can the project be completed in the time calculated above?
5.  If one member of staff is ill from weeks 7 to 14, would the completion of the survey be delayed? [P4.2, D3]


4.3    Evaluate whether the problem was solved or not; measure the solution against specification and desired outcomes such as completing IT survey for all levels of end users within the time set at APEX IT Solutions [P4.3]


An individual presentation of your work schedules in P4.2 and P4.3 will be required in order to demonstrate some of the other attributes discussed in the Unit, including communication skills. [M3]
.

Relevant information


1. General grading criteria of this coursework

Outcomes
Assessment criteria for pass
Questions reflecting

the outcome
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 objectives
1.2 evaluate own development needs and the activities required to meet them
1.3 devise a personal and professional development plan based on identified needs
1.4 reflect on own development against original
aims and objectives set in the personal and professional development plan


CW1/presentation
LO2: Be able to
demonstrate acquired interpersonal and transferable skills
2.1 communicate in a variety of styles and appropriate manner
at various levels
2.2 demonstrate effective time management strategies


CW2/presentation
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 goals
3.2 discuss alternative ways to complete tasks and achieve team goals


CW3/presentation
LO4: Be able to
develop
strategies for problem solving
4.1 review tools and methods for developing
solutions to problems
4.2 develop an appropriate strategy for resolving particular problem
4.3 evaluate the potential impact on the business of implementing the strategy.


CW4/presentation


2.  Grading Criteria for Merit and Distinction of this coursework



Merit (M1, M2, M3)
Distinction (D1, D2, D3)
Descriptors
Indicative characteristics
Descriptors
Indicative characteristics
M1 - Identify and apply strategies to find appropriate solution
v  Pass requirements achieved
v  effective judgement have been made
v  an effective approach to study and research has been applied
D1 - Use critical reflection to evaluate own work and justify valid
conclusions
v   Pass and Merit requirements achieved
v   Self criticism of approach has taken place
M2 - Select/design and apply appropriate methods/techniques
v  A range of sources of information has been used
v  Appropriate learning methods/techniques have
been applied
D2 - Take responsibility for managing and organising activities
v  Autonomy/independence has been demonstrated
v  Activities have been managed
M3 - Present and communicate appropriate findings
v  A range of methods of presentation has been used and technical language have been accurately used
v  Communication is appropriate for familiar and unfamiliar audiences and appropriate
media have been used
D3 - Demonstrate convergent/lateral/c reative thinking
v  Ideas have been generated and decisions taken
v  Self evaluation has taken
place
v  Problems have been solved

3. 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 10 point to 14 point including the headings and body text.
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 refereed and cited within the text using
Harvard standard
g.   Do not use Wikipedia as a reference. h.   Word limit must be strictly followed.

4. Plagiarism and Collusion
Any act of plagiarism or collusion will be seriously dealt with according to the regulations. In this context the definition and scope of plagiarism and collusion are presented below:

Plagiarism is presenting somebody elses 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.

Collusion is copying another students coursework; stealing coursework from another student and submitting it as your own work.

Suspected plagiarism or collusion will be investigated and if found to have occurred will be dealt with according to the college procedure.(For details on Plagiarism & Collusion please see the student hand book)


5. Submission
a.   Initial submission of coursework to the tutors is compulsory in each unit of the course.
b.   Student must check their assignments on ICON VLE with plagiarism software TurnItIn to
make sure the similarity index for their assignment stays within the College approved level. A student  can  check  the  similaritindex  of  their  assignment  three  times  in  the  Draft Assignment submission point located in the home page of the ICON VLE.
c.   All Final coursework must be submitted to the  Final submission point into the unit (not to the Tutor). A student would be allowed to submit only once and that is the final submission.
d Any computer files generated such as program code (software), graphic files that form part of the coursework must be submitted as an attachment to the assignment with all documentation.


e.   The student must attach a tutor’s comment in between the cover page and the answer sheets in the case of Resubmission.

6. Good practice
a.   Make backup of your work in different media (hard disk, floppy disk, memory stick etc) to avoid distress for loss or damage of your original copy.


7. Extension and Late Submission                                                                        Chapter 9: Leadership in Action: Best Buy’s Almost Transformation
a.   If you need an extension for a valid reason, you must request one using a extenuating circumstances request form available from the college exam office and ICON VLE. 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 form must be accompanied by evidence such as a medical certificate in the event of you being sick.
b.   Late submission will be accepted and marked according to the college procedure. It is noted that late submission may result in grading from PASS.


8. Submission deadlines

Initial Submission
Week 12
Feedback given
Week 13
Final Submission
12 - 17 January 2015
Late submission
19 - 24 January 2015

Submit to:        Online to the ICON VLE only




















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