Unit 3: Employability and Professional Development

ASSIGNMENT BRIEF
Qualification
BTEC Level 5 HND Computing and Systems Development
Unit number and title
Unit 3: Employability and Professional Development
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Assignment title
Employability and professional development
Aim of the assignment
To provide learners with the opportunity to acquire employability skills required for effective employment and to manage their own personal and professional development.
Specific requirements
(see Appendix for assessment criteria and grade descriptors)
Context
Briefly describe the objectives and major functions of any organisation of your choice.

Task 1 : Be able to take responsibility for own personal and professional development (LO 1)
Assume that you are working as an IT professional in any organisation of your choice.
Task 1.1
As an IT professional working in your chosen organisation, use appropriate management model(s) or tool(s) to reflect on your current personal and professional skills and competencies against professional standards and organisational objectives. (Note: You can use BCS or ACM professional standards to carry out a skills audit).


Task 1.2
Considering the model(s) or tool(s) used in task 1.1 evaluate your own developmental needs and the activities required to fulfil them.

Task 1.3
Considering your answer in task 1.2 devise a personal and professional developmental plan to meet the identified needs.

Task 1.4
Using the personal and professional developmental plan devised in task 1.3, reflect on your own development against the set aims and objectives. (You may like to compare your own development against the organisational aims and objectives.) It is expected that you will complete this task at the end of the unit session.
Task 2 Be able to demonstrate acquired interpersonal and transferable skills (LO 2)
Consider you are working as an IT professional in a Company. Your Manager has asked you to give a presentation to a team of 6 people working at various levels (junior, seniors, etc.). The presentation should improve the awareness of the project team about:
a)      the importance of communication skills (both verbal and non-verbal) at various levels (junior, management and executive) and
b)      effective time management strategies.
Task 2.1
Make a 20 minutes presentation (using MS- PowerPoint or Prezi) to the project team on the above two topics (a) and (b). You will have to demonstrate effective use of communication at various levels and the time management strategies during the presentation.
Note: Task 2.1 covers both assessment criteria 2.1 and 2.2. Attach PowerPoint or Prezi presentation with the final report. The assessment will cover both the presentation content and delivery.

Task 3 Understand the dynamics of working with others (LO 3)
Task 3.1
Discuss and analyse different roles people play in a team and how they manage to work together to achieve shared goals.
Task 3.2
Discuss alternative techniques to manage team work and achieve team goals.
Task 4 Be able to develop strategies for problem solving (LO 4)
Task 4.1
Provide a review of different methods and tools used for problem solving.
Task 4.2
You are an IT professional in a company and have been asked to develop a business information system for a retail store. Which system development approach do you think is best if you have the following requirements? The system should provide different functionality to different users. Some requirements are more important than the other and your client wants some requirements to be delivered first. However, some requirements are not clear at the moment. This is a time constrained project.
Task 4.3
Considering your choice of the system development method in task 4.2, evaluate its impact on the business.
Student guidelines
1. You should write this assignment in the essay style, although a formal essay structure will not be required.
2. You should use tables, diagrams and figures where appropriate and be sure to give sources of information.
3. You should include a list of references to all cited sources using the Harvard referencing system.
4. You should use font Calibri size 12 with 1.5 spacing for your report.
Submission requirements
Besides the soft copy, students are expected to submit hard copy of the report



APPENDIX 1: ASSESSMENT CRITERIA AND GRADE DESCRIPTORS

Merit grade:
Merit descriptors
Indicative characteristics
Evidence (Task number, other)
Assessor comments/feedback
Achieved (Yes/No)
Internal verifier comments
M1 Identify and apply strategies to find appropriate solutions
1.      Effective judgements have been made.


2.      An effective approach to study and research has been applied
Task:
 1.1, 1.4, 2.1, 3.1, 4.2







M2 Select/design and apply appropriate methods/techniques
1.      Relevant theories and techniques have been applied

2.      The design of methods/techniques has been justified
Task:
1.2, 1.3, 4.1





M3 Present and communicate appropriate findings
1.      An appropriate structure and method has been used and technical language has been accurately used to present the findings.

2.      Communication has taken place in familiar and unfamiliar contexts
Task:
2.1, 3.2, 4.3





Distinction grade:
Distinction descriptors
Indicative characteristics
Evidence (Task number, other)
Assessor comments/feedback
Achieved (Yes/No)
Internal verifier comments
D1 Use critical reflection to evaluate own work and justify valid conclusions
1.      Conclusions have been arrived at through synthesis of ideas and have been justified

2.      The validity of results has been evaluated using defined criteria
Task:
1.1, 1.3, 2.1, 3.1, 3.2, 4.2



D2 Take responsibility for managing and organising activities
1.      Substantial activities have been planned, managed and organised

2.      Activities have been managed
Task 4.1, 4.3




D3 Demonstrate convergent/lateral/ creative thinking
1.      Self-evaluation has taken place

2.      Problems have been solved
Task 1.2, 1.4





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