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MAN127 Business Skills for Leadership

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Solent University

Coursework Assessment Brief

Assessment Details

Unit Title: Business Skills for Leadership (Jan Intake)
Unit Code: MAN127
Unit Leader: Richard Scullion
Level: 7
Assessment Title: Portfolio
Assessment Number: 1 (Main Brief)
Assessment Type: Report
Restrictions on Time/Word Count: 4000 Words
Consequence of not meeting time/word count limit: There is no penalty for submitting below the word/count limit, but students should be aware that there is a risk they may not maximise their potential mark.

Assignments should be presented appropriately in line with the restrictions stated above; if an assignment exceeds the time/word count this will be taken in account in the marks given using the assessment criteria shown.
Individual/Group: Individual
Assessment Weighting: 100%
Issue Date: 20/01/2020
Hand In Date: 29/04/2020
Planned Feedback Date: 27/05/2020
Mode of Submission: Online
Number of copies to be submitted: 1 electronic copy via Turnitin
Anonymous Marking This assessment will :
(a) be marked anonymously

Assessment Task MAN127

You are required to produce a portfolio that provides evidence of your development of business and leadership skills; this portfolio will include your reflections on the development of these skills and how you have developed and enhanced your leadership potential. The evidence you include might include exercises that you have completed during the tutorial sessions or that were set as directed learning. You may also have acquired other evidence over the duration of this unit where you have applied the skills that you have developed.
   
Your portfolio must cover:

1. Effective communication and delegation.
2. Decision making and problem solving

AND TWO of the following:
  
3. Effective team work.
4. Effective negotiation.
5. Conflict management.
6. Performance management.
7. Concepts of self and self-management.
8. Leadership in organisations.
9. Coaching & mentoring others

10. Use of I.T. and big data
11.Developing your professional identity.
  
You should make appropriate use of appendices to document supporting evidence, which you are strongly encourage to collect throughout the unit. For example, you may include a completed exercise in which you have applied leadership skills in the appendices to which you can refer to in your critical review in the main body. Appendices are not included in the word count. Each of the 4 themes from the above list should be approximately of equal length. All sections should include reference to appropriate theories that are critically discussed in the context of your development.
  
You are strongly encouraged to adopt a reflective learning cycle, such as Kolb (1984), Gibbs (1988) or Rolfe (2001), and to follow the chosen cycle in your reflective accounts. Your reflections should focus more strongly on what you learnt and how you will apply this or change how you might approach a situation in the future. You should focus less on describing what you did and avoid being overly descriptive of the evidence you provide in the portfolio. Your reflections should be a critical discussion and include appropriate references to theory.
  
Your submission should be formatted in a professional manner. This is also an academic undertaking and therefore requires appropriate Harvard Referencing throughout.

Assessment criteria

Criteria & Weighting % A1 and 2 A3 and 4 B1-B3 C1-3 D1-3 F 1-3
Logical structure, cohesion and presentation. Exemplary presentation and well structured with no errors. Excellent presentation and well structured with few errors. Good presentation with only minor errors / omissions. Consistent formatting with some errors / omissions. Basic formatting with some errors and mistakes. Poorly formatted, many inconsistencies and errors.
Evidence to support reflection. Exemplary evidence that fully supports reflection. Excellent range of appropriate evidence to support reflection. Good range of appropriate evidence to support reflection. Some appropriate evidence to support reflection. Lack of appropriate evidence to support reflection. Little or no appropriate evidence to support reflection.
Reflection on and understand of relevant topics. Exemplary reflection and awareness / understanding of relevant topics. Excellent reflection and awareness / understanding of relevant topics. Good reflection and awareness / understanding of relevant topics. Some reflection and awareness / understanding of relevant topics. Little reflection, knowledge or understanding of relevant theory. Lack of reflection and lack of knowledge or understanding of relevant theory.
Critical discussion of identified key personal learning points. Identification and discussion is exemplary. Identification and discussion is very good showing a depth of consideration to successful leadership and management. Identification and discussion is very good showing a depth of consideration to successful leadership and management. Awareness in identification and discussion of consideration to successful leadership and management. Limited identification and discussion of consideration to successful leadership and management. Absent and/or incomplete identification and discussion of consideration to successful leadership and management.
Conclusion and summary of personal learning and development. Exemplary conclusion and summary of personal development. Excellent conclusion and summary of personal development. Good conclusion and summary of personal development. Satisfactory conclusion. Satisfactory summary of personal development. Limited conclusion. Limited summary of personal development. Poor or inadequate conclusion. Inadequate summary of personal development.
Referencing. Exemplary use of references to appropriate theory
/ literature.
Excellent references to appropriate theory
/ literature.
A range of references to appropriate theory
/ literature.
Satisfactory references to appropriate theory
/ literature.
Limited references to appropriate theory
/ literature.
Little or no references to appropriate theory
/ literature.

Learning Outcomes

This assessment will enable students to demonstrate in full or in part the learning outcomes identified in the unit descriptors.

Late Submissions

Students are reminded that:

  1. If this assessment is submitted late i.e. within 5 working days of the submission deadline, the mark will be capped at 40% if a pass mark is achieved;
  2. If this assessment is submitted later than 5 working days after the submission deadline, the work will be regarded as a non-submission and will be awarded a zero;
  3. If this assessment is being submitted as a referred piece of work then it must be submitted by the deadline date; any Refer assessment submitted late will be regarded as a non-submission and will be awarded a zero.

Extenuating Circumstances

The University’s Extenuating Circumstances procedure is in place if there are genuine circumstances that may prevent a student submitting an assessment. If students are not ‘fit to study’, they can either request an extension to the submission deadline of 5 working days or they can request to submit the assessment at the next opportunity (Defer).  In both instances students must submit an EC application with relevant evidence.   If accepted by the EC Panel there will be no academic penalty for late submission or non-submission dependent on what is requested.  Students are reminded that EC covers only short term issues (20 working days) and that if they experience longer term matters that impact on learning then they must contact the Student Hub for advice.

A summary of guidance notes for students is given below:

Academic Misconduct

Any submission must be students’ own work and, where facts or ideas have been used from other sources, these sources must be appropriately referenced. The University’s Academic Handbook includes the definitions of all practices that will be deemed to constitute academic misconduct.  Students should check this link before submitting their work.

Procedures relating to student academic misconduct are given below:

Ethics Policy

The work being carried out by students must be in compliance with the Ethics Policy. Where there is an ethical issue, as specified within the Ethics Policy, then students will need an ethics release or an ethical approval prior to the start of the project.

The Ethics Policy is contained within Section 2S of the Academic Handbook:

Grade marking

The University uses a letter grade scale for the marking of assessments. Unless students have been specifically informed otherwise their marked assignment will be awarded a letter grade. More detailed information on grade marking and the grade scale can be found on the portal and in the Student Handbook.

Guidance for online submission through Solent Online Learning (SOL)