Individual Reflective Report

Assessment 2: Individual Reflective Report Due 07/12/2020

You must produce an individual report which includes a discussion and evaluation of:

  1. the role of line management in managing employees
  2. the skills required by line managers for effective people management;
  3. your own current skill level in relation to the skills you have identified, drawing on clear evidence of personal reflection to support your conclusions, and identifying areas of strength and areas for future development

 

Your discussion should be informed by appropriate academic sources in relation to the role and skills of line managers, and your work should draw on at least 7 appropriate academic sources (e.g. textbooks or journal articles).

 

You are encouraged to identify 2-4 key skills, to explain their importance to effective people management, to explore what they mean in practice, and to relate them to specific aspects of good people management e.g. recruitment, training etc. Generalised answers which are not relevant or clearly linked to specific aspects of effective people management will receive relatively low marks.

 

You are encouraged to produce some reflective writing that you could use as the basis for your report on a weekly basis in relation to what you have learned in the lectures and seminars about the role and required skills for line managers as well as your own skill levels, enabling you to build this assessment as the module progresses. As well as drawing on your learning from classes, you may also draw on experience and evidence from outside your studies, e.g. from work or other roles and responsibilities. You should draw on appropriate academic sources and resources to discuss both the role of reflection and the skills required for effective people management, and reference them clearly in your work.

 

Several of the seminars will be organised as practical ‘people management workshops’ which will give you an opportunity to practice and reflect on your own skill levels, and should help to inform part 3 of your assignment.

 

Your mark will suffer if you do not provide evidence of continuous reflection, for example, you should show evidence of reflection relating to the issues you have learnt about or experiences you have had during different weeks of the module and how your knowledge or skills have developed over the duration of the module.

 

Your completed assignment should be 800-1000 words in length. Seminar 2 will discuss this assessment in detail (DLE video and face to face).  The final part of this assignment should be useful for constructing your CV.

 

Assignment structure:

Given the very limited word count for this assignment, you should only include a very brief introduction (up to 3 sentences as a rough guide) and you are not expected to include a lengthy conclusion section but you should draw your work to a close with some form of concluding remarks, you may wish to draw your conclusions as part of addressing point 3. You should include 3 distinct sections in line with the instructions above, as well as a list of references.  Do not exceed the 1000 word count (excluding reference list but including in text citations).

 

Submission details:

Your assignment should be submitted via e-submission in a WORD file only (.doc or .docx). You will have access to Turnitin before your submission to check the originality of your work.

Please be aware that late submissions made within 24 hours of the deadline will be capped at 40% and submissions made more than 24 hours after the deadline will receive a mark of zero.

Marks and feedback will be provided by 18th January 2021 and will be released through the Moodle/DLE page.  Marks will be awarded according to the criteria on the following page of this handbook.  If your overall mark across both assessments is less than 40% you may be required to complete additional work over the summer and the mark for that work will be capped at 40%.

If you are unable to meet the assessment deadline or to attend an assessment (e.g. examination, practical, in-class test) because of exceptional circumstances, outside of your control, that can be corroborated by independent evidence and which occurred during or shortly before the assessment you may apply for extenuating circumstances. Please note that computer, printer and IT problems are generally not considered valid extenuating circumstances.

If you feel your work has been adversely affected by circumstances beyond your control, you should consult your Personal Tutor or the Faculty Support Office for advice.  Please note that a Module Leader cannot grant an extension to an assessment deadline.

Application forms to claim for extenuating circumstances can be obtained from the Faculty Support Office or UPSU Student Advice Centre and should be submitted to the Faculty Support Office accompanied by independent corroborating evidence.  Further guidance is available at: https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/student-life/your-studies/essential-information/exams/exam-rules-and-regulations/extenuating-circumstances.

 

 

Assessment 2 – Reflective Report Assessment Criteria

 

 

Criteria Marks

 

Knowledge and understanding of relevant theory/research

·        Demonstrates clear understanding of the potential managerial role in relation to people management, drawing on appropriate literature

·        Locates, utilises and evaluates appropriate research and frameworks of managerial skills and competence

 

out of 35

Application of knowledge and learning to personal development

·        Shows insight into specific skills and their development in relation to managerial role

·        Demonstrates clear understanding of relevance of managerial skills to good people management practice

·        Engages in deep rather than surface reflection to produce a meaningful account of personal skills and future development priorities

·        Provides appropriate and thoughtful evidence to support claims made

 

 

out of 35

Written Communication and Presentation

·        Material is clearly and appropriately organised, including clearly signposted sections

·        Spelling, grammar and layout are to a professional standard

·        Referencing/citations follow Harvard protocol

·        Work conforms to formatting and wordcount outlined in the brief

 

 

out of 30

Total mark:
3 areas of strength:

1.

2.

3.

 

3 areas for improvement:

1.

2.

3.

 

 

 

Reflective journal level descriptors

 

This is a guide only and should be read in conjunction with the marking criteria above.

 

First (70%+)

Likely to be characterised by all or most of the following:

  • Distinctive level of reflection on knowledge and skill gained from learning experiences.
  • Distinctive evidence of appropriate analysis of lessons drawn with considerable depth is achieved in discussion, indicating ability to apply theory in practice/ relating to practical situations (lectures, seminars, work experience outside the university) in a meaningful way rather than repeating lecture content.
  • Creating a clear focus of learning in a logical way with appropriate application of learning experiences to student’s personal/professional development.
  • Excellent demonstration of the value of reflection with clear identification of consequences of learning for the future.
  • Develops a strong personal development plan indicating short/medium/long-term plans with reasonable timeframes and an indication of measures of success
  • The Report is logical, coherent and clearly presented throughout.
  • Clear referencing

 

2.1(60-69%)

Likely to display the following characteristics in some or all areas:

  • Very good depth of reflection on knowledge and skills gained from learning experiences.
  • Reasonable depth of evidence of appropriate analysis of lessons drawn with considerable depth achieved in discussion, indicating ability to apply theory in practice/ relating to practical situations (lectures, seminars, work experience outside the university) in a meaningful way rather than repeating lecture content.
  • Creating a clear focus of learning in a logical way with a few inconsistencies of application of learning experiences to student’s personal/professional development.
  • Excellent demonstration of the value of reflection with clear identification of consequences of learning for the future.
  • Develops a clear personal development plan indicating short/medium/long-term plans with reasonable timeframes and an indication of measures of success
  • The Report is logical, coherent and clearly presented throughout with appropriate referencing.

 

2.2 (50-59%)

Will typically display some or all of the following characteristics:

  • Shows an acceptable level of reflection on learning experiences
  • Focuses on just one aspect of the learning experiences,
  • Demonstrates value of reflection but with some inconsistencies in identification of consequences of learning for the future.
  • Makes an effort in drafting a personal development plan but without reasonable time scales or feasible plans or plans may be implied in other parts of the journal without consideration of clear time scales and measures of success.
  • Shallow, descriptive reflective logs and/or inconsistent logs

 

 

 

3 (40-49%)

Will typically be characterised by some or all of the following:

  • Basic reflection on the learning experiences
  • Weak and minimal demonstration of the value of reflection without clear identification of consequences of learning for the future.
  • May have a personal development plan or plans may be implied without consideration of clear time scales and measures of success..
  • Shallow, descriptive reflective logs
  • Weak conclusion.

 

Fail (<40%)

Likely to display some or all of the following characteristics:

  • Very weak demonstration of the value of reflection without identification of consequences of learning for the future.
  • No clear personal development plan, no reflective logs and no references.
  • Very weak and shallow reflection on the learning experiences.