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BSC (HONS) IN COMPUTING In-course Assignment Information Sheet

CE00315-2-PED Professional & Enterprise Development Assignment


Subject Intakes Date Assigned Date Due Lecturer Submission : : : : : : Professional & Enterprise Development TP2F0807CMT-CCS-CMC-COM-CSE-CWD APRIL 28 2009 JUNE 5 2009 CINDY DE VOSSE Softcopy & Hardcopy

Assignment Overview This coursework, done in two parts, will be worth a total of 50% of the module. Another 50% is contributed by a final examination at the end of the semester. This coursework consists of: Part I - a group component which is an activity of recruitment strategy worth 20%, and Part II - an individual component which is a submission of a Personal Development Profile folder worth 30%.

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The coursework is developed to reflect the following Professional and Enterprise Development learning outcomes: 1. Explain the organisational context in which professional work occurs, including management, team working, human resource issues, recruitment and business processes. 2. Critically reflect upon and evaluate personal development and career needs, and make subsequent personal and career decisions and apply recruitment/business skills as appropriate. Part I Group Component (20%) Each group must consist of not more than four members. In this assignment you will be given a case study involving a company looking to recruit 3 new employees. Your task will be to design a recruitment strategy for that company. Your solution must demonstrate your understanding of the recruitment process, in line with current employment law and good practice. The content of your assignment must draw upon material you have covered in lectures and tutorials, as well as any background reading that has been recommended. Marks will be allocated according to the marking scheme attached. Read the scenario and the marking scheme carefully before you start.

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The Scenario Recruitment Strategy for BlackGold Holdings


BlackGold Holdings is an oil and gas company. Business activities range from Exploration and Productions, Petrochemical and Gas Business, Corporate Planning and Development, Finance, Human Resources and Technical Services. The Information Resources Management Department is one of the divisions in the Technical Services group. This department handles the companys daily IT operations as well as managing new IT projects to improve the companys business process. The Human Resources Department has put in a request for an improved employees information management system with a view to integrate this with the payroll system. The Development Team from the Information Resources Management Department is planning to hire 3 new employees to assist with the project. The vacancies are for a Senior Analyst Programmer, Junior Programmer and closer to the rollout date of the new system, a Customer Support Executive. Your team has been given the responsibility to produce job descriptions for the three technical posts. What will be the duties and responsibilities for each post holder? Who will they report to on a daily basis? How much salary should be offered for each post? (You were told that the budget allocated for the salaries of this new recruitment is approximately RM110,000 per year for the three posts). Your team will also need to produce personal specifications for each post. What sorts of skills are essential and which one desirable for each post? What personal qualities are required? What sort of previous experience is essential/desirable? This will be followed by producing an advert for each post. What information will your team include in the advert to attract the very best applicants? What sort of image should your team project of the company? How should each advert be worded to grab the prospect employees attention? Your team will also need to decide on a recruitment strategy for the 3 posts outlining the steps they will take to attract, select and recruit the new post holders. Do you advertise any of the vacancies nationally? Where do you plan to advertise them? Should you use local job centers or the internet? Can the local universities help in any way? How do you want applicants to apply? How do you want to deal with applications? What are the selection criteria? Should the applicants be interviewed? Clearly with such an important project it is essential that best possible people are selected for the jobs.

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Based on the case study your task is to: 1. produce 3 job descriptions 2. produce 3 personal specifications 3. produce 3 job advertisements 4. decide upon a recruitment strategy for the 3 posts 5. produce a recruitment timetable 6. design an interview strategy/approach for each of 3 posts You are to present the above to your module lecturer in week 8. Failure to attend the presentation will mean a mark of zero. A hard copy of the slide printouts are to be submitted to the lecturer during the presentation together with a team work report. Marking Scheme for Group Presentation Please include the following marking grid as part of your hardcopy submission. Names and ID of group members: 1. 3. Criteria 3 adverts 3 job 2. 4. Marks allocated 10 marks & 10 marks line Marks awarded

descriptions

duties and

responsibilities,

salaries

management structure 3 personal specifications essential & 10 marks desirable skills, personal qualities and previous work experience required A recruitment strategy use of job agents, etc A recruitment timetable an order of events from advertising to appointment 3 interview criteria sheets one per post, showing the criteria being assessed, a scoring system and a minimum of 10 interview questions per sheet A list of 9 ways in which the company 10 marks might be impressed by an interviewee, before, during and after the interview 10 marks 10 marks 30 marks

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Quality of presentation and supporting 10 marks visual aids, presentation skills and a demonstration of good team work and tasks management among the team Total marks possible Hand in Date: Friday, 5 June 2009 100 marks

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Part II - Individual Professional Development Profile Folder In class you have been introduced to the concept of personal branding, verbal business cards and selling yourself on paper via letters and CVs. In this assignment you will be expected to apply the learning and understanding from these inputs to find a suitable vacancy and prepare your own targeted applications paperwork. Assessment of the Individual Professional Development Profile Folder Marks will be allocated according to the marking scheme attached. Your folder must include:
1. two suitable vacancies, and justification for your choices (the jobs must be of different

types). 2. a CV targeted at each vacancy. 3. an application letter targeted at each vacancy, and following the format discussed in lectures and tutorials. 4. for a vacancy of your choice prepare a list of relevant questions (not less than 10 questions) you foresee will be asked during the interview. Include your answer to each question. 5. a reflection on what you have learnt from this module. Read the marking scheme carefully before you begin. You are required to submit your work in hard copy (spiral bound) on Friday, week 7. You are also advised to keep an electronic copy of all your assessments for your own records. Marking Scheme for Individual PDP Folder Please include the following marking grid as part of your hardcopy submission. Name of individual: Criteria Very good 16+ marks Two suitable vacancies The vacancy must be current and accompanied by a short report which states what degree you are doing and gives reasons why this vacancy is suitable for you / your award (20 marks) Good 12+ marks OK 8+ marks Poor <8 marks

Very good

Good 12+

OK 8+

Poor <8

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16+ marks A letter targeted at each vacancy this must be in 4 parts: a. An introductory paragraph saying why you are writing (1 mark) b. A paragraph stating why you are interested in this particular vacancy with this particular company (8 marks) c. A paragraph stating why you feel you are a strong candidate for this vacancy (8 marks) d. A closing paragraph/polite ending (1 mark) It must also be correctly laid out (2 marks) (20 marks) Very good 16+ marks A CV targeted at each vacancy this must: a. be a maximum of 2 sides of A4 b. be clearly laid out, so sections are easy to identify and follow c. be correct, in terms of spelling and grammar d. highlights skills, qualifications and experience relevant to the vacancy and provides evidence of these (20 marks) Very good 16+ marks Interview questions: For a vacancy of your choice (choose only one) prepare a list of relevant questions (not less than 10 questions) you foresee will be asked during the interview. Include your answer to each question (2 marks each) (20 marks)
Very good 16+ marks

marks

marks

marks

Good 12+ marks

OK 8+ marks

Poor <8 marks

Good 12+ marks

OK 8+ marks

Poor <8 marks

Good 12+ marks

OK 8+ marks

Poor <8 marks

Reflection A reflection on what you have learnt from this module. (20 marks) Total marks available = 100 Hand in date: Friday, 5 June 2009
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