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Assignment front sheet

Qualification

Unit number and title

PearsonBTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in


Business

Unit 13: PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL


DEVELOPMENT

Student name

Assessor name

Date issued

Completion date

13th December 2015

18 January 2016

Assignment title

Personal and Professional Development

Learning
Outcome

LO1

LO2

Learning outcome

Assessment
Criteria

In this assessment you will have the opportunity to


present evidence that shows you are able to:

Task no.

Understand
how selfmanaged
learning can
enhance
lifelong
development

1.1

Evaluate approaches to self-managed


learning

1.2

Propose ways in which lifelong learning in


personal and professional contexts could
be encouraged

1.3

Evaluate the benefits of self-managed


learning to the individual and organisation

Be able to take
responsibility
for own
personal and
professional

2.1

development

2.3

Evaluate own current skills and


competencies against professional
standards and organisational objectives
Identify own development needs and the
activities required to meet them
Identify development opportunities to
meet current and future defined needs
Devise a personal and professional
development plan based on identified
needs
Discuss the processes and activities
required to implement the development
plan
Undertake and document development
activities as planned
Reflect critically on own learning against
original aims and objectives set in the
development plan
Update the development plan based on
feedback and evaluation

2.2

2.4

LO3

Submitted on

Be able to
implement
and continually
review own
personal and
professional
development
plan

3.1
3.2
3.3
3.4

Evidence
(Page no)

2
2
2
2

3
3
3
3

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LO4

Be able to
demonstrate
acquiredinterpe
rsonal
and
transferable
skills

4.1

Select solutions to work-based problems

4.2

Communicate in a variety of styles and


appropriate manner at various levels
Evaluate and use effective time
management
strategies

4.3

4
4
4

Learner declaration
I certify that the work submitted for this assignment is my own and research sources are fully
acknowledged.
Student signature:

Date:

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In addition to the above PASS criteria, this assignment gives you the opportunity to submit evidence in order to achieve the following MERIT
and DISTINCTION grades
Grade Descriptor
M1Identify and apply strategies to find
appropriate solutions

M2 Select / design and apply appropriate


methods / techniques

Indicative characteristic/s

Effective judgements have been made.


An effective approach to study and
research has been applied.

D2 Take responsibility for managing and


organising activities

D3 Demonstrate convergent /lateral /


creative thinking

To achieve M1, effective judgements and research techniques


have been applied.

To achieve M2, you will research at least two different


Appropriate learning methods/techniques have techniques which aim to identify an individuals preferred
method(s) of learning.
been applied.

M3 Present and communicate appropriate


findings
Communication is appropriate for familiar and
unfamiliar audiences and appropriate media
have been used.
D1 Use critical reflection to evaluate own
work and justify valid conclusions

Contextualisation

Conclusions have been arrived at


through synthesis of ideas and have
been justified.
Realistic improvements have been
proposed against defined
characteristics for success.

Activities have been managed.

Relevant knowledge gained from previous


units has been incorporated in this unit, to
demonstrate a synoptic understanding of the
business environment.

To achieve M3, the personal portfolio you will present in a


professional format, suitable for use in a business
environment, and the content will be comprehensive and
expressed using acceptable business terminology.

To achieve D1, you will have drawn conclusions which


clearlyidentify the links between what you have achieved and
what you will need to achieve, in order to satisfy your stated
aim(s). These should be expressed in terms of a personal
evaluation.
To achieve D2, you will have demonstrated an effective
approach to independent research and this will be reflected in
the detailed approached you have adopted towards the
achievement of your personal ambitions.
To achieve D3, you must show ideas that have been
generated and decisions taken by the student, that selfevaluation has taken place, that convergent and lateral
thinking have been applied to the problems identified in
completing this unit and that the student is receptive to new
ideas and methods of working.

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Assignment brief
Unit number and title

Unit 13: Personal and Professional Development

Qualification

Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Business

Start date

23th November 2015

Deadline/hand-in

18th January 2016

Assessor

BM Razzak

Assignment title

Personal and Professional Development

Purpose of this assignment


Learners will examine different methods of learning and understand the significance of learning, which
will help them to identify their own preferred style of learning. Learners will use this information as a
basis for writing an essay about learning styles, self-managed learning, and the role of lifelong learning,
and aspects of time management. Finally, students will compile a personal portfolio of information about
themselves, which will help them to identify and achieve their personal goals.
Scenario
There is no generic scenario/case study for this unit, but there are TWO specific tasks to be completed.

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Task 1: LO1 (LO1.1, LO1.2, LO1.3), LO4 (LO4.1, LO4.2, LO4.3)


Write an essay, which addresses the topics of: learning styles, self-managed learning, lifelong learning
and time management.
a) Identify the approaches to self-managed learning and evaluate their suitability.

Identify

different learning styles and examine how these can be used to help individuals understand the
benefits of each.

(AC 1.1)

b) Discuss how you have identified your own learning and development method. Recommend how
people could learn to identify suitable methods for development and suggest how you could
encourage lifelong learning in personal and professional contexts. (AC 1.2)
c) Evaluate the benefits of self managed learning to the individual and to the organisation. (AC
1.3)
d) Identify a work-based problem, at your work place or any other organisation you are familiar
with and suggest possible solutions. (AC 4.1)
e) Communicate in a variety of styles and appropriate manner at various levels. (AC 4.2)

f)

Evaluate and use different time management strategies and how they can help individuals to
manage their time more efficiently. (AC 4.3)

Task 2: LO2 (LO2.1, LO2.2, LO2.3, LO2.4), LO3 (LO3.1, LO3.2, LO3.3, LO3.4)
Prepare a file of documents which relate to the one which, for the purpose of this unit, is referred to as
your Personal Development Portfolio (PDP).

a) Evaluate

own

current

skills

and

competencies

against

professional

standards

and

organisational objectives. (LO 2.1)


b) Identify own development needs and the activities required to meet them (LO 2.2)
c) Identify the development opportunities required to meet both the current and future needs
that you have identified above.(LO 2.3)
d) Devise a personal development plan to achieve your intended goal. (LO2.4)
e) Discuss the processes and activities required to implement the development plan. (LO3.1)
f)

Undertake and document development activities as planned. (LO3.2)

g) Critically discuss your own learning against the aims and objectives you have included in
your PDP. (LO3.3)
h) Update your PDP based on evaluation and feedback. (LO 3.4)

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To achieve a higher grade the presentation and quality of information used in your PDP will be essential.
You should identify the above issues clearly and present them professionally in a report format.

End of assignment

Textbooks
Sufficient library resources should be available to enable learners to achieve this unit.
Particularly relevant texts are:
Adair J Effective Leadership (Pan Books, 1988) ISBN: 0330302302

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Adair J Effective Time Management (Pan Books, 1989) ISBN: 0330302299


Hartley P Interpersonal Communication (Routledge, 1993)
Dubrin A 10 Minute Guide to Leadership (John Wiley & Sons, 1997) ISBN: 0028614062
Glass N Management Masterclass: A Practical guide to the New Realities of Business
(Nicholas Brealey Publishing, 1996) ISBN: 1857881079
Godefroy and Clark The Complete Time Management System (Piatkus, 1990)
ISBN: 0749910445
Jay How to Write Proposals and Reports That Get Results (FT Prentice Hall 2000)
ISBN: 0273622021
Mullins Management and Organisational Behaviour (Pitman Publishing, 1996)
ISBN: 0415013852
Perkins Killer CVs and Hidden Approaches (FT Prentice Hall 2001) ISBN: 027365246X
Journals
Harvard Business Review (Harvard Business Publishing)
Plagiarism and collusion
Any act of plagiarism and collusion will be seriously dealt with according to the Edexcel plagiarism policy.
Basically, plagiarism occurs when excerpts, ideas, passages taken from other sources are not properly
acknowledged and referenced both in the body of the text and in reference. It is the learners
responsibility to ensure that they understand all Edexcel guidelines with regards to plagiarism and what
Edexcel considers to be an academic offence.
Collusion can be understood as the submission of works produced in collaboration for an assignment
based on the assessment of individual work. It is a severe academic offence to share a learners work with
others who submit a part or the whole of it as their own work. The College has mechanisms in place to
detect plagiarism and collusion.
Learners must sign the declaration on the front of the assignment submission form.
Submission Guidance and Policies for Edexcel Students
This is an individual assignment. All parts of the assignment are required to be presented in a professional
format, MS Word processed with full citation and references following Harvard system. Brit College
strongly advises the learners to follow the guidance below:
Brit College prefers Times New Roman 12 or Arial 11 in the body of the text.
An assignment cover sheet and a receipt must be attached along with each submitted assignment.
All assignments must have clear headings and sub-headings where necessary.
Make sure you state the word count on the title page.
Assignments must be printed in black and white.
Late Submission and Resubmission

Assignments will not be accepted for assessment by lecturers unless an extenuating circumstances
form has been filled in and duly authorized by a member of staff.
Students will receive the feedback form and guidance from the lecturer to improve in the areas of
their weaknesses on their first submission. Please note that assignments can be re-submitted only
once. A resubmitted assignment will be awarded a failed grade should it not meet the required
pass grade marks and results in retaking the module.
Please note that a resubmitted assignment will earn a maximum pass grade should it sufficiently
meet the required criteria.
A fine may also apply in case of resubmission.

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Extensions and Extra-ordinary Circumstances

Extensions are only granted for documented medical reasons and/or other documented serious
interruptions relevant to your ability to study.
Please note that extensions are not allowed due to your inability to organize your work.
Should there be any extra-ordinary circumstances; the College should be made aware of this in
writing.
The college preserves the right not to accept or mark the assignment in case you failed to inform it
in time.

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