2015

MIDLANDS STATE UNIVERSITY
P. Bag 9055
Gweru
Zimbabwe

Telephone (263) 54 260404/260337/260667
Fax
(263) 54 260233/260311

FACULTY OF COMMERCE
Department of Accounting

Work Related Learning

Employer’s Booklet

Student’s Name:

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Reg. No.:

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2015 Contents Section Introduction 1 University Vision 2 University Mission Statement 3 Work Related Learning 4 Faculty of Commerce General Regulations for Work Related Learning 5 Tutor / Lecturer visits 6 Booklet 7 Assessment 8 1st Appendix Employer’s student assessment form 2nd Appendix Placement Review Sheet-Scale Definitions References: The Chairman: Computer Science and Information Systems Mr.zw The Coordinator WRL Mr. S Masiyiwa Tel : (263 54 260409) Email: masiyiwas@msu. I Gumbo Tel: (263 54 260409 ext 291) .ac.

Retail and Logistics Management. Economics. 2. To achieve this vision the university has established several facilities of which one is the Faculty of Commerce.0 Work Related Learning (WRL) In line with the mission statement.0 Introduction The Midlands State University was established by an act of parliament (Act Number 4 of 1999). This faculty consists of the following departments: Accounting. 3. producing innovative and enterprising graduates. The training period is for a minimum duration of 45 working weeks (excluding holidays). Business Management. Tourism and Hospitality Management and Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. all undergraduate program at the Midlands State University aim to enhance both the management of education and the employability of our students through work related training. development oriented and a pace setting university.0 University Mission Statement Devotion to quality research and training through flexible packaging and work related learning for the immediate and ultimate benefit of humanity Perpetually seek to enhance the quality of people’s lives through new ideas and skills for sustainable utilization of resources 4. It is located in Gweru in the Midlands Province.2015 1. Banking and Finance. commencing in January or .0 University Vision To be unique. Marketing Management.

 Develop a liaison between industry and the university  Have hands on working experience 5.2015 August. Work related learning is viewed as one of the most important requirements that must be fulfilled by the student to be able to pass any of the degree programs offered by the Faculty of Science.  Carry out research activities.1 Work Related Learning Objectives During work related learning the student must pursue the following objectives  Apply theory into practice in an industrial set up  Accumulate industry theory outside that covered in the university program’s curriculum. working time and discipline . We need your help to form a partnership for the joint supervision of the student’s performance during the period of work related learning. 4.0 Faculty of Commerce General Regulations for WRL The university faculty of commerce has stipulated the following regulations for students on attachment  The student is subject to the University and the Organization regulations during the work related learning period of attachment  The student must conform to the organization of attachment’s regulations. which will benefit the industry and university.

We rely upon employers to provide work experience compatible with the student’s level of knowledge. experience and expectations. students aim to develop their intellectual and practical skills. evaluation and enhanced appreciation of theories.2015  The student must fulfill the external supervisor’s instructions concerning the training process and the carrying out of the industrial research project  The student must write a log book on a daily basis and submit a report after finishing the training in a given department (or training unit)  The student must take part only with educational purpose in mind according to the ultimate instructions of the supervisor  The student must put the best effort to acquire extensive knowledge and skills in order to achieve required standard of training  The student must keep good relations with all staff of the organization  The student must promote the good of the University The student must always bear in mind that his/her conduct during WRL will reflect not only on him/her but also on the university and that it may also affect the relationship between the University and the Organization. 6. issues and techniques learned at the University. During the visit.0 Tutor/Lecturer Visits A Tutor/Lecturer (a member of the academic staff at the University) will visit the Organization at least twice during the year. During the placement period. the tutor will talk both to the student and the external supervisor assigned by the employing organization. The emphasis is on the practical application. .

0 Booklet This booklet serves 2 purposes.1 Purpose The purpose of the visits is  To maintain contact with all parties and certify the University that the work being undertaken is appropriate  To assess whether the student is making an effective contribution to the organization 7. which are  To set out the procedures that may be followed to train one or more of our students on WRL  To provide you with external supervisor assessment forms which you are expected to complete during the training period The objectives of these procedures and forms are  To provide you with a way of monitoring the student’s performance and progress  To provide us with your views on the student’s performance and progress 8.2015 6.0 Assessment The student is assessed by both the University (internal supervisor) and the Organization (external supervisor) .

2 Assessment Schedule The period of attachment is at least 45 working weeks (excluding holidays).1 Assessment Requirements For complete assessment the following reports are required 1) One student work report 2) Two employer’s (external supervisor) student assessment reports 3) Two visiting tutor’s (internal supervisor) student assessment reports 8. Form of Assessment Assessment by Tutor Date March to May Assessment by employer Assessment by Tutor Assessment by Tutor July to August October to November Assessment by employer . The student should be aware of the procedure of assessment and the due dates.2015 8.

0 Program Outline The following schedule outlines the proposed program of training. which the student will follow during his/her first period from the student’s starting date of employment.0 Review Sheet – 1 Proposed Training Approximate Time Span Of Training . Department/Functional Area 2.2015 EMPLOYER’S STUDENT ASSESSMENT FORM 1.

Seeks to improve work-related processes and documents 1 1 2 3 4 5 3 4 5 2 3 4 5 2 3 4 5 2 appropriately General Conduct And Behavior 19. Addresses and resolves conflict in a constructive manner 11. Ability to learn 20. Demonstrates effective written skills 3. We recognize that some of the criteria below may not apply at this early stage so please write ‘not applicable’ (N/A) if this is the case. initiative and pro-activeness 14. Listens effectively and is sensitive to the needs of others 9. Plans. Effectively manages use of time 7. Confidence 23. Interest shown and sustained 21. Is resilient and consistent in the face of challenges 15. Conduct . Displays effective meeting skills 4. priorities and tracks activities/tasks 6. Shows motivation. Understands and responds to the needs of customers 18.2015 Student Name Period of review: First 5 months On a scale of 1-5 please asses the progress and ability shown to date. Influences or negotiates in a manner that gains acceptance 13. Demonstrates the ability to manage whole projects 17. Area of Assessment Rankings Development Of Business Competencies 1. Is candid and direct in construction 10. Displays a willingness to accept/act on feedback received 1 Development Of Leadership 16. Shares responsibility for all aspects of team performance 12. Demonstrates effective verbal skills 2. Makes decisions based on analysis/facts 5. please refer to the scale definitions. Speed/accuracy of work 1 Development Of Interpersonal Skills 8. For guidance on completion. Reliability 22.

if any areas which …………………………………………………………………………………………… …………………………………………………………………………………………… …………………………………………………………………………………………… …………………………………………………………………………………………… …………………………………………………………………………………………… …………………………………………………………………………………………… …………………………………………………………………………………………… …………………………………………………………………………………………… …………………………………………………………………………………………… …………………………………………………………………………………………… …………………………………………………………………………………………… require taking note of.Development of Technical/Administrative skills (To be defined by the Manager) Supervisor’s Signature: Date: Stamp: 3. it would be useful if areas/skills where development is desirable or beneficial could be noted. It may be Areas of Improvement: …………………………………………………………………………………………… that the student is making excellent progress and there are a few.2015 24-29. Any Other Comments/Recommendations: …………………………………………………………………………………………… …………………………………………………………………………………………… …………………………………………………………………………………………… …………………………………………………………………………………………… …………………………………………………………………………………………… …………………………………………………………………………………………… …………………………………………………………………………………………… …………………………………………………………………………………………… .0 Areas for Improvement In order to maintain the student’s progress more effectively.

2015 Supervisor’s Signature: Date: 4. Listens effectively and is sensitive to the needs of others 9. Area of Assessment Rankings Development Of Business Competencies 1. Makes decisions based on analysis/facts 5. Effectively manages use of time 7. Is candid and direct in construction 10. Demonstrates effective verbal skills 2. For guidance on completion. Demonstrates effective written skills 3. please refer to the scale definitions. Plans. Addresses and resolves conflict in a constructive manner 1 2 2 3 4 5 3 4 5 . Displays effective meeting skills 4. priorities and tracks activities/tasks 6.0 Review Sheet – 2 Student Name Period of review: Last 5 months On a scale of 1-5 please assess the progress and ability shown to date. Write ‘not applicable’ (N/A) in the case of irrelevance. Speed/accuracy of work 1 Development Of Interpersonal Skills 8.

Shares responsibility for all aspects of team performance Influences or negotiates in a manner that gains acceptance Shows motivation. Displays a willingness to accept/act on feedback received Development Of Leadership 16. 13. Ability to learn 20. initiative and pro-activeness Is resilient and consistent in the face of challenges and change 15. Conduct 24-29. Interest shown and sustained 21. Understands and responds to the needs of customers 18. Confidence 23.2015 11. 12. 14.Development of Technical/Administrative skills (To be defined by the Manager) Supervisor’s Signature: Date: Stamp: . Demonstrates the ability to manage whole projects 17. Reliability 22. Seeks to improve work-related processes and documents 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5 appropriately General Conduct And Behavior 19.

Where applicable contributes to issues\agenda 4. Skills or style convincing to others. Identifies key milestones. Identifies opportunities to utilize other resources. left hand to right end . Monitors progress. Meeting Skills – consider the individual’s preparation.. Focuses on the key images. Style is appropriately to the situation. Lacks confidence in own judgment. Planning and Tracking – Systematically structures plans workload.5 right hand end. Anticipates problems and develops contingencies. 3. Excellent self management. Shares responsibility for facilitation.Willingness to influence and be influenced. contribution and participation . Does not work to achieve consensus. Clear understanding of objectives.consider the individual’s ability to express ideas/data etc effectively   Unable to present ideas and makes little impact. Poor punctuality. Unable to prioritize tasks effectively. Written Communication . Ability to facilitate. May over commit.Develops alternative options. Speed of Work and Accuracy   Very slow to produce work. Not heedful of planning or control systems. Establishes control mechanisms.Slow to react. Quickly identifies issues. Demonstrates sound decision making based on rational and unbiased judgment. Often disruptive. Tendency to be inaccurate Very quick.Takes timely and appropriate action. Verbal Communication . Generates option. Unable to assemble ideas logically and clearly. 6. Ability to manage challenging workload. Contributes little. Is insufficiently prepared. Fails to investigate appropriate date . Effective use of own other resources.   Meaning becomes lost in lengthy text.   Unstructured approach to personal work.2015 WORK RELATED LEARNING PLACEMENT REVIEW SHEET-SCALE DEFINATIUONS Please complete the Work Related Placement Sheet by using the scale definitions. Structures and plans personal work. Time management – ability to understand and work to key objectives and tasks. Does not let personal motives influence judgment . Consider the individual’s ability to express ideas clearly and concisely. Relates and contrasts data from different sources .written work influences key decisions. Untidy presentation. accurate turnover of work . Decision Making –secures relevant and factual information. Gathers and evaluates relevant factual data. Tracks and monitors progress against deadlines. 5. 7.   Does not play an active role. Is confused by unnecessary data or ambiguity.ranging from 1-5 left hand end 1……. Ideas and facts presented logically. Confuses the reader.   Confused priorities. Becomes distracted by side issues. Development of business competencies 1. Timely implementation of action. Commands attention 2.   Had difficulties in identifying the root cause of a problem. Presents data or decision requirements clearly and concisely. Actively participates in any role. Demonstrates ability to communicate information fluently and with confidence.

Ability to remain resilient when challenged with personal change. Initiates and maintains working relations across functions and groups. Frequently cynical and unhelpful. Works hard to achieve consensus. Inability to compromise when faced with difficult decisions and expertise. refuses to act on recommendations Actively seeks feedback.   Avoids giving feedback. Able to maintain effectiveness in changing environment and varying tasks. Actively attempts to influence events to achieve goals.Reaction to Change .Motivation and Initiative . 10. 9. Prepared to be flexible and creative to reach consensus.Consider the individual's inclination to be proactive to achieve goals. Does not need to be told to tackle issues. Highly adaptable. 13. Prepared to create and communicate ideas.2015 Development of Interpersonal Skills 8. Looks for common goals. Provides honest feedback in a constructive and positive manner. 15. 14.   Narrow outlook. often beyond what is necessarily called for. Demonstrates little initiative or forward thinking.Teamwork – Recognition of the importance of teamwork both within own and across functional groups to the achievement of corporate goals. Responds constructively when conflicts arise. responds negatively. Listens effectively to the views of others and responds with empathy .Conflict Resolution – Ability to work to reach consensus. 12. Unwilling to respond to new situations /ideas. . Displays reluctance to participate or expertise. Effective Listening –Does the individual listen and respond appropriately to the views of others?   Fails to listen to or act upon the views of others. Frequently interrupts. Often becomes a disruptive element.Negotiation /Influencing – consider the appropriateness of the methods used by the individual to gain agreement to or acceptance of an idea. responds positively and acts on recommendations. withholds information and prevents a free exchange of ideas Is consistent and approachable. Freely shares thoughts and information. A self starter. Frequently cynical and unhelpful. Seeks win/win situations.Frequently demonstrates understanding. Respected and effective team member who displays an ability to work with others. summarizes and clarifies verbal communications. Is open and fosters an environment of trust. Gains acceptance and commitment from others.   Over reacts. 11. Often misses deadlines.   Refuses to adapt to change. Prepared to accept personal consequences in difficult decisions.Ability to accept feedback   Unwilling to accept feedback. Candid and Direct – enables a free exchange of information. Ability to maintain effectiveness in varying environments. Waits until instructed.   Fails to take ownership for action.   Not prepared or unable to promote ideas with others. Makes no attempt to seek common ground or to propose ideas in a manner that gains agreement.

generally uninterested and de-motivated. is respected and respectful. All major processes documented. 23.Conduct   Does not create a professional image. Development of technical/ administrative skills. Rarely meets requirements. 20. Demonstrates dependability. Creates a professional image. Encourages trust. Accepts the responsibility of a project and ensures that every aspect of it is completed in a timely manner. teamwork and quality tools.Interest   Lacks enthusiasm. Is quick to learn.2015 Development of leadership through quality skills 16. Behaves well. Identifies with and seeks to achieve customer satisfaction as number one priority of the organization. is shy and timid. Shows a high degree of confidence. 21. Can be a bad timekeeper. enthusiastic and interested. Customers recognize contribution.Work process improvement .   Demonstrates an inadequate understanding to the technicalities of the job. Has no documentation to support processes. Demonstrates an excellent command of the technicalities of the job. Is very keen. General conduct and behavior 19.Reliability   Totally unreliable. 22. Makes little or no effort to expand on knowledgebase. Can be troublesome.Customer awareness-Is focused on understanding and responding to the needs of customers. . 17. 24. Displays unfailing enthusiasm to constantly seek improvements.Confidence   Lacks confidence. Continually makes effort to improve personal skills and knowledgebase. Continually seeks to improve processes using personal initiatives.Specify any additional technical / administrative skills required within the placement. Efforts made to continually improve process deliverables.-29. 18. Consider the level of understanding / ability to use technical information together with the familiarity of subject / area and efforts made to improve knowledge base. A tendency to be irresponsible.Ability to learn   Is very slow to grasp the elements of the work.All major processes documented.   May lack a complete understanding of major work processes.Project Management -Ability to handle all aspects of a project and to see it through from beginning to end   Unwilling / unable to accept responsibility for project. demonstrates a good level of understanding. Makes no effort to understand or refine them.   Fails to seek input from customers. often needs prompting and misses deadlines.