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BTEC HND in Business
Assignment Specification


Institute Name : Western College for Management & Technology

Unit Name : Employability Skills

Unit Value : 15 credits

Unit Code : A/601/0992

Lecturer : Menaka Abeyratna



Unit Outcomes:
1. Be able to determine own responsibilities and performance
2. Be able to develop interpersonal and transferable skills
3. Understand the dynamics of working with others
4. Be able to develop strategies for problem solving.

Student Name : Student No :







Declaration of Authorship
I declare that all materials included in this essay/report/project/dissertation is the end result of my own
work and that due acknowledgement have been given in the bibliography and references to ALL
sources be they printed, electronic or personal.

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Signature Date
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Tracking Sheet (Mention A for Achieved &NA for Not Achieved)
(Office Use only)














Assessors Signature _________________ Date ___________________

NOTE: Attach this page as the first page of your assignment





Outcome


1.1


1.2


1.3


1.4


2.1


2.2


2.3


3.1


3.2


3.3


4.1


4.2


4.3


A/NA



Outcome M1 M2 M3 D1 D2 D3

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Notes to Students

Proper format for the assignment should be followed including table of contents,
executive summary, page numbering etc.
Include a last chapter in your report about the limitations of your report and write
any difficulty you faced while collecting data. Critically evaluate your work if
possible.
Give proper evidence of all your activities for completing the tasks e.g. videos,
pictures, visiting cards, or reference letter of personnel from whom data is
collected.
The safety of your assessments is your responsibility. You must not permit
another student access to your work. And upon completion of each task keep a
backup of the work completed by for e.g. keeping a copy in your email inbox etc.
So, that no excuses are put forward on the day of submission.



Plagiarism Policy

WCMT Campus has a strict penalty for plagiarism and the assignment will be
cancelled if the assignment is observed for this.

The definition and scope of plagiarism are presented below:

Plagiarism occurs when a student misrepresents, as his/her own work, the work, written
or otherwise, of any other person (including another student) or of any institution.

Examples of forms of plagiarism include:
The verbatim (word for word) copying of anothers work without appropriate and
correctly presented acknowledgement;
The close paraphrasing of anothers work by simply changing a few words or
altering the order of presentation, without appropriate and correctly presented
acknowledgement;
Unacknowledged quotation of phrases from anothers work;
The deliberate and detailed presentation of anothers concept as ones own.

All types of work submitted by students are covered by this definition, including, written
work, diagrams, designs, drawings and pictures.


Resources Required

Thompson L L Making the Team: A Guide for Managers (Prentice Hall, 2003)
ISBN: 9780131416581






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General Instructions

Books and online resources can be used of the Campus library and Central Computer
Lab for any assistance. But direct copying from these resources is not allowed.

For the Visits you need to conduct a reference letter could be obtained from the
Campus if necessary and the manager of the organization is welcome to contact the
administration at the college if required

The college has strict penalty for plagiarism and the assignment will be cancelled if the
assignment is observed for this.

Proper referencing should be given in the Harvard Style

All work should be comprehensively referenced and all sources must be
acknowledged fully, this includes books & journals used as well websites visited.
Details such as page numbers, publishers and publication year should also be stated,
in addition to the name of the author(s) and publication. Books, articles and journals
should be the main sources; online sources are allowed up to 15%

The Assignment should have a cover page that has assignment title, assignment
number, course title, unit title, lecturer / tutor name and students name.

Attach all the pages of assignment brief with your report as annexure at the end.

Ensure that statement of authenticity has been signed and attached as the first page
of your report.

Contents sheet (TOC) with a list of all headings and page numbers is must for your
assignment.

Use A4 page size, 12 point Arial or Times New Roman font with 1.5 line spacing.

Your assignment should be word-processed and should not exceed 4500 words in
length (or 20 pages). Exhibits / appendices are outside this limit

Pages should be numbered (bottom right hand corner)

Spell-check the document and read thoroughly for grammatical errors








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Start of Assignment

Task 1 LO1

1.1 Based on your present career, develop a set of own responsibilities and
performance objectives. (P1.1)

1.2 Evaluate own effectiveness against defined objectives. (P1.2)

1.3 Explain the individual appraisal systems used by your company. Make
recommendations for their improvement. (P1.3)

1.4 How does your company motivate employees? Review how those motivational
techniques can be used to improve quality of performance. (P1.4)


Task 2 LO2

2.1 What kind of problems do you face in your organisation? Develop solutions to those
work based problems. (P2.1)

2.2 How do you communicate in your organisation? Explain the variety of styles that you
use to communicate at various levels in the organisation. (P2.2)

2.3 How do you manage your time? Identify effective time-management strategies.
(P2.3)


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Task 3 LO3

3.1 Are you a member of a team in your organisation? Explain the roles people play in
your team and how they can work together to achieve shared goals. (P3.1)

3.2 Analyse team dynamics in your organization. (P3.2)

3.3 Suggest alternative ways to complete tasks and achieve team goals. (P3.3)


Task 4 LO4

4.1 Evaluate tools and methods for developing solutions to problems in your
organisation. (P4.1)

4.2 Develop an appropriate strategy for resolving a particular problem in your
organisation. (P4.2)

4.3 Evaluate the potential impact on the business of implementing the above mentioned
strategy. (P4.3)









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ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

Criteria for PASS

Possible evidence

A/NA

Feedback
Outcome1: Be able to determine own responsibilities and performance

1.1 develop a set of
own responsibilities
and performance
objectives

Task 1.1:Identify and explain
own responsibilities which
should include personal
responsibility; direct and
indirect relationships and
adaptability, decision-making
processes and skills; ability to
learn and develop within the
work role; employment
legislation, ethics,
employment rights and
responsibilities
Develop performance
objectives



1.2 evaluate own
effectiveness against
defined objectives


Task1.2: Monitor and
evaluate your effectiveness
against defined objectives




1.3 make
recommendations for
improvement


Task 1.3: Explain the
individual appraisal systems
used by the company, uses
of performance appraisals
e.g. salary levels and bonus
payments, promotion
strengths and weaknesses,
training needs;
communication; appraisal
criteria e.g. production data,
personnel data, judgemental
data; rating methods e.g.

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ranking, paired comparison,
checklist, management by
objectives

1.4 review how
motivational
techniques can be
used to improve
quality of
performance

Task 1.4: Exhibiting the
knowledge of application and
appraisal of motivational
theories and techniques,
rewards and incentives,
managers role, self-
motivational factors


Outcome2: Be able to develop interpersonal and transferable skills

2.1 develop solutions
to work based
problems


Task 2.1: Identify the
problems you face in your
organisation.
Exhibit the knowledge of
problem analysis,
researching changes in the
workplace, generating
solutions and choosing a
solution


2.2 communicate in a
variety of styles and
appropriate manner
at various levels

Task 2.2: Identify the variety
of styles that you use to
communicate at various
levels in the organisation.


2.3 identify effective
time-management
strategies

Task 2.3: Explain the way of
managing your time
Identify and explain the
effective time management
strategies including
prioritizing workload; setting
work objectives; making and
keeping appointments;
working steadily rather than
erratically; time for learning;
reliable estimate of task time


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Outcome3: Understand the dynamics of working with others

3.1 explain the roles
people play in a team
and how they can
work together to
achieve shared goals

Task 3.1: Identify the roles
people play in your team and
how they work together to
achieve shared goals


3.2 analyse team
dynamics

Task 3.2: Identify the nature
and dynamics of team and
group work in your
organisation



3.3 suggest
alternative ways to
complete tasks and
achieve team goals

Task 3.3: Explain alternative
ways to complete tasks and
achieve team goals

Outcome 4: Be able to develop strategies for problem solving

4.1 evaluate tools
and methods for
developing solutions
to problems

Task 4.1: Identify problem-
solving methods and tools in
your organisation



4.2 develop an
appropriate strategy
for resolving a
particular problem


Task 4.2: Develop an
appropriate strategy for
resolving particular problem
in your organisation.
Include sources of
information; solution
methodologies; selection and
implementation of the best
corrective action e.g.
timescale, stages, resources,
critical path analysis

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Unit indicative characteristics for a MERIT


In order to achieve a merit the learner must:


Grade Descriptors
for MERIT
Possible evidence A/NA Feedback

M1 Identify and apply
strategies to find
appropriate solutions


an effective approach to
study and research has been
applied




M2 Select/design and
apply Appropriate
methods/techniques

a range of sources of
information has been used
appropriate learning
methods/techniques have
been applied


M3 Present and
communicate
appropriate findings


An appropriate structure and
approach has been used to
present the report.
Appropriate technical
language has been used in
report.











4.3 evaluate the
potential impact on
the business of
implementing the
strategy.

Task 4.3: evaluation of
whether the problem was
solved or not; measurement
of solution specification and
desired outcomes;
sustainability

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Unit indicative characteristics for a Distinction


In order to achieve a Distinction the learner must:


Grade Descriptors
for Distinction
Possible evidence A /NA Feedback

D1 Use critical
reflection to evaluate
own work and justify
valid conclusions


Conclusions have been
arrived at through synthesis
of ideas, and then justified
when selecting the best
solution where ever needed
in all tasks


D2 Take
responsibility for
managing and
organising activities


Autonomy and independence
has been demonstrated by
the learner throughout.
Minimal tutor guidance and
advice has been sought. The
substantial range of activities
and investigative work
involved in the development
of the materials and report
have been planned,
managed and organized in
an effective manner
throughout.



D3 Demonstrate
convergent / lateral /
creative thinking

The ideas produced in
developing the appropriate
solutions and the way the
learner integrated the ideas
into a report include creative
thinking in producing the
ideas and convergent
thinking in ensuring they
conform to requirements.









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General
Comments











Assessor signature Date

Internal Verifier signature Date